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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-11-2007 04:41 AM 5922 views 22 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an entertainment center that I designed and built. It is huge – 9’ high x 16’ wide.It is constructed of curly maple, curly maple plywood, and cherry.

The upper opening is 5’2” high x 7’wide. The lower section is 32” high x 7’ wide. The third photo really shows the size of the unit with me standing in front of it. The top houses the t.v. and entertainment electronics. The bottom houses the wireless based computer system.

The cabinet interior is lighted by a touch activated light system that throws light against the back of the acrylic shoji panels. The side display cases have lighting tucked behind the face frame that is touch activated as well.

This unit sits across the great room from the dining area where the Prairie Chandeliers hang. The doors carry the same design as the chandeliers and really tie the space together, even though they are different woods and overall designs. That blows all ideas that everything in the house has to be the of the same wood.

Because of the unit’s large size, I cascaded the design. Everything flows and steps in three’s. Maple, cherry, maple. Center, bookcase 1, bookcase 2. Notice that all the corners are rounded in the case construction.

This was no small undertaking and incredibly challenging. The doors bifold and slide in. A lot can go wrong covering a space like that. It is like a bullet leaving a rifle; the farther it travels from the gun, the farther off target it gets.

The stock for the doors was entirely unstable so I ripped the material down, glued up the strips and used curly maple veneer to make the rails and stiles. (I have a vacuum press.)

I used floating tenon joinery on the doors with locking pins inserted from the back side of the doors.

As the cherry has darkened, it has created an incredibly dramatic contrast to the curly maple. The maple is just so rich with curly figure. The tools that made this project possible were my new 8” spiral head jointer from Grizzly and the dual headed drum sander. It was not even possible to plane this material. The spiral head cutter on the jointer produced no tear out. Many, many, many light passes had to be taken with the router to do profiles.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com





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Larry

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#1 posted 03-11-2007 04:44 AM

WOW - that is big – very nice – the design is very pleasing and well balanced. You did a great job.
Larry

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#2 posted 03-11-2007 04:50 AM

oooooooh mmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyy goodness .

amazing.

now.. it looks to me like someone has already started filling the shelves while it is still being built… Oh yah.. definitely have to do that!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Roger Strautman

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#3 posted 03-11-2007 04:58 AM

Yes Todd, you are so very right about having to be more or less perfect with plumb and level. This was a very challenging but rewarding project wasn’t it? Thanks for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Don

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#4 posted 03-11-2007 11:25 AM

Just terrific, Todd!

It’s obvious that money was not the issue in this project. How did you find such a fantastic commission?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Don

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#5 posted 03-11-2007 11:29 AM

Just terrific, Todd!

It’s obvious that money was not the issue in this project. How did you find such a fantastic commission?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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oscorner

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#6 posted 03-11-2007 02:21 PM

Great looking design. You must be very proud of your accomplishment and vision of this piece.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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gbear

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#7 posted 03-11-2007 09:31 PM

I am totally impressed Todd. Great job and obviously no easy undertaking. A true piece of art.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Karson

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#8 posted 03-12-2007 12:37 AM

Todd they are beautiful. I can feel for you having to work with unstable wood and then overcoming it into a showpiece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Duane Kohles

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#9 posted 03-12-2007 11:05 PM

Very, very nice. Your attention to detail and execution are evident. Congratulations on such a monument.

-- Duane Kohles

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fred

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#10 posted 03-12-2007 11:07 PM

Todd, you are the man. That is absolutely gorgeous.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 04-01-2007 06:35 PM

Beautiful work !!
For a massive piece it still looks kind of dainty.
It’s just what that wall needed.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bill

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#12 posted 04-01-2007 06:45 PM

Wow..an amazing piece! Where did you find someone willing to purchase that? I just can not imagine how many hours went into something like that.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 04-01-2007 08:27 PM

This was an incredibly technical piece, I worked on it over a span of six months. But the truth is that I was also working on other projects in the house at the same time. I had a lot of glue-ups to do and would bounce between projects. I also started it, and had to go home to Montana at one point for a couple of months. Sometimes you just need to be home for a while.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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IowaWoodcrafter

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#14 posted 06-02-2007 08:11 AM

That is absolutely gorgeous!

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#15 posted 06-05-2007 07:46 PM

More top flight artistry Todd. Thanks for sharing. I am planning a much smaller and more modest piece for my home and wanted to use a portion of shoji paneling, but my wife shot that down due to concerns about durability. Could you tell us more about the acrylic material?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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