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Project by Russel posted 08-03-2008 04:18 PM 1990 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I briefly mentioned this in my Summer Challenge entry. I wasn’t sure I’d make the deadline (who knew GaryK and MsDebbieP would crash the entry page and get us an extension?), so I rushed that more that I should have. But that’s another issue; my lack of patience.

This is an entertainment center for my brother. He asked me if I’d make this for him back on Easter. I didn’t get to it as soon as I should. He has a nice flat screen TV hanging on his wall, and a table beneath it cluttered with TV stuff (DVD player, Wii, remotes …). He wanted something that would hold his television and give him some places to ‘hide’ some of the less decorative items. And, he thought that something that looked kinda like a fireplace would be pretty cool.

Well, the required dimensions didn’t allow enough width for a proper fireplace surround, but this design give his wife a place to put a nice flower arrangement, or a creche at Christmas time. So it should serve it’s purpose.

It’s made of red oak with a Minwax cherry stain sealed with shellac and a few coats of wipe-on poly. It’s 48 inches high by 54 inches wide by 16 inches deep when fully assembled. The trim around the top is made with a panel raising bit on my router table, and then stacking it two layers deep. I had to make it assemble/disassemble so that it could be moved and delivered safely. It’s a tad cumbersome as a unit.

The first photo is all I could show my brother when he asked, “So, how’s it going?” The second picture shows it’s transportable form. And the final picture is the final product.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 08-03-2008 04:28 PM

Very nice, Well Done!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 08-03-2008 04:47 PM

Very nice Russell. A beautiful job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 08-03-2008 06:53 PM

Just love it Russell!:-)
Thanks for posting!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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#4 posted 08-03-2008 06:56 PM

Great looking entertainment center, Russel! Your borther should be very happy with it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 08-03-2008 07:24 PM

A beautiful job.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#6 posted 08-03-2008 10:51 PM

Nice build Russel. I really like the grain pattern on the right door. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 08-03-2008 10:57 PM

Looks like a keeper Russell!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 08-03-2008 11:06 PM

Thanks for the looks and comments. I just got back from delivering it and when I started to carry it in my sister-in-law’s first reaction was, “Oooo, it matches the other cabinetry” which was a big concern. My sense of color is not that of the average person, but more like a blind dog. I hate trying to match existing colors. So, I was quite pleased that it matched, and even more pleased that it looked like it belonged in their house.

It’s somewhat amusing since I’ve been stocking up on lumber I’ve gotten a reasonable stash. However, none of it is red oak, which is what the rest of their stuff is made of … so that required a trip to Home Depot and off the shelf boards (I haven’t done that in a while). And, Trifern, I really liked that pattern too and wished I could have found a match.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 08-04-2008 12:24 AM

Not just the door , but rather all of the grain is beautiful in this project….the tiger striped Oak I have been fortunate to have had some in the past and I always keep an eye out for more when I’m “shopping” whether I have an immediate use for it or not . Great job and even though I try not to stain anything that I make , this color looks very nice on Oak .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 08-04-2008 01:40 AM

Well done, I bet they will enjoy it.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#11 posted 08-05-2008 08:41 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#12 posted 08-06-2008 02:20 AM

Nice project and I really like the color.

-- Andy Stark

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#13 posted 12-12-2008 04:45 PM

Looks good.

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#14 posted 12-12-2008 06:25 PM

Nice job Russel.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#15 posted 04-29-2009 05:05 PM

I came back for another peek at this beauty : ) Did you change your mug shot from a drawing or is that another Russel here ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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