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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 2698 days ago 3416 views 29 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece was originally intended to fit inside the Cooper Entertainment Center as the TV console. The plans for the electronic components changed and so I had to make a new console.

I thought that this piece would do well as a freestanding modern coffee table. I added the black base and then had to address the issue of the unfinished back. Since this piece was intended to go inside the entertainment center, the back would never be seen and it had holes to accommodate component and speaker wires.

My solution was to create a floating back panel. There is a 1/4” black recessed channel and then the finished panel is attached to “float the panel.” The solution turned out great and the clients loved it so much they ordered 5 more pieces to with it. You can see them here.

The case is made of curly maple plywood. I had to veneer the drawer face myself. A relief cut into the face and adding a second handle balanced the drawer visually. It was an awkward size for a single drawer and so I made it look like two.

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





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Roger Strautman

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#1 posted 2698 days ago

Once again you made a very beautiful piece!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Dollarbill

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#2 posted 2698 days ago

Todd,

Where in the world did you find curly maple plywood? Did you have to sell your truck to get it?

Bill

-- Make Dust

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 2698 days ago

I can tell you have a clue. My client’s have a deeper wallet than me. I didn’t pay for it.

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

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Don

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#4 posted 2698 days ago

Todd, I particularly like this piece because it represents a number of design solutions. Even after you described it, I could swear that was a four drawer unit. Very clean and beautiful. When using wood this lovely, I think it best to keep the design clear – let the wood do the talking.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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oscorner

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#5 posted 2698 days ago

Those are single drawers! You did a great job making them look like two drawers.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 2697 days ago

Very nice Todd. Nice lines and color. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Diane

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#7 posted 2687 days ago

I love this design. I can’t tell that is single drawers either.

Diane

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Damian Penney

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#8 posted 2591 days ago

Very nice indeed, I love the back of it and like the other people have said I’d never have guessed that was a single drawer and the fake double definitely gives the piece balance.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Napaman

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#9 posted 2579 days ago

just seeing this with the new LJ’s format…beautiful piece…this is still new to me but I really love the curly maple…we need a low entertainment center and that is a knock out…great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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mot

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#10 posted 2579 days ago

Tod! Very nice. I missed this one…I don’t know how, but I did. I really like this. I’m doing an entertainment center in a home theatre below a drop down screen. This piece is going to change my direction. I really like the modern look to it. Thanks for sharing it. I know it’s been posted for awhile, but I find the shear volume of projects on LJ getting overwhelming!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Rj

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#11 posted 2231 days ago

Your a man with taste this is the style I just love, Modern but not going over board ..
I love Maple & Black together .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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Alan

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#12 posted 2006 days ago

This is great. I’m adding it to my favorites to look back on when it’s time for me to build my TV stand.

Al

-- Alan, Prince George

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yuri

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#13 posted 1647 days ago

Beautiful modern piece of furniture.
What kind of finish did you make for maple surfaces?

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#14 posted 1647 days ago

Yuri – I used a pre-catalyzed lacquer with a satin sheen.

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

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