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Project by BArnold posted 315 days ago 709 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When it came time to replace a large rear-projection HDTV with something more up-to-date, my wife and I discussed several options for a design. My first thought was the typical rectangular center section with smaller side sections to reduce its footprint. In time, we began to see that a bowfront design would satisfy our desire to reduce the overall size of the unit as well as make a more pleasing design.

We chose Honduran mahogany as the primary wood. The visible side of the base and the internal panels are 3/4” plywood covered with mahogany veneer. The top and bottom rails of the doors are a lamination of six 1/8” thick strips of mahogany that I formed in my vacuum press. I also formed the panels of the doors in the press using two pieces of 1/8” bending plywood, then covered them with sapele pomelle veneer.

We’ve had some pieces of olive ash burl veneer for quite a while and decided this was the project on which it would be used. After matching the pieces in the best possible way, I used it for the center of the top panel. The end segments of the top are a sunburst of cherry veneer with a small cutoff of olive ash burl acting as the “Sun”.

Ventilation if provided by making the top half of the back panel with mahogany strips to form a lattice.

Overall dimensions are 74.5” wide by 22.25” deep by 24” high.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#1 posted 315 days ago

You did a fantastic job with that. Its beautiful!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#2 posted 315 days ago

Wow! What a great piece!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 315 days ago

WOW!...Beautiful piece of furniture Bil…really nice curved front and the top is amazing… the veneers are just breathtaking…Wow.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#4 posted 314 days ago

Beautiful!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 314 days ago

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#6 posted 314 days ago

super design and very nice build ,looks great.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 310 days ago

Gorgeous piece! Great design and love the top with such amazing patterns. Excellent work on it.

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#8 posted 94 days ago

Beautiful job, for sure!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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