Mission Style Oak Entertainment Credenza

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Project by Norris posted 10-28-2012 09:23 PM 2463 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I were looking for a new entertainment center, but none of the ones we found in our area seemed to fit the bill. After searching for a few months, I spent some time on sketch-up to try and articulate what we were really looking for. As I got more familiar with the program, I spent some time to fine tune the the sketch to include actual dimensions and some simple joinery. At the end of the day, I had what I considered a fairly workable set of plans, so I decided to tackle the project myself instead of spending more time searching.

I kept the design simple so I could complete the work with the few tools I had available. I borrowed my Dad’s miter saw to cut the framing pieces to length. Mortise and tenon joints were rough cut with a Dremel router and cleaned up with a hand chisel. I used a friend’s band saw to shape the corbels and cut the side slats to the right width. The table surface and the cabinet base and sides were cut from a single piece of 3/4 oak ply with enough material remaining for the internal shelf. I purchased the doors as unfinished blanks. Everything was sanded and finished with Minwax Red Oak stain and 3 coats of satin wipe-on poly. The tabletop got a few extra coats.

This was my first woodworking project since 7th grade shop class, so needless to say, there was quite a bit of learning involved. There are several places where I know I could have done better work, but all things considered, I think it came out pretty well.

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 11:11 PM

Very nice especially since it’s your first in a long time.

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 07:14 AM

Very Nice Work! Thanks For Posting.


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#4 posted 10-30-2012 02:00 PM

Beautiful piece.. I love the hardware

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 10:30 PM

Sweet! Nice simple design but very elegant.

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#6 posted 01-12-2013 02:30 AM

perfect – you couldn’t find a better piece for sale anyway
excellent work

-- Greg Simon

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