|Project by Hoosierdaddy||posted 11-24-2013 02:35 AM||1396 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Well, two years in the making, thru a couple of major house projects this entertainment center finally reached it’s conclusion today.
Based loosely on the above shown cabinet from the plansnow.com website I customized this for the end user to accommodate specific pieces of equipment, speakers, etc.
I learned something valuable in this project, actually a couple of things….
1. Never work in birch again unless I plan on NOT staining. What a blotchy mess this was thru and thru. The plywood carcass turned out fine but all the birch hardwood that made up the face frame, base, top and doors were just a huge disappointment. I come from an drafting/engineering background so I sweat the details, and the blotches from staining this just eat at me every time I think about it.
2. I still haven’t learned the trick for jointing boards for the top. It was a struggle getting decent straight edges especially without the benefit of a bench to do this on. (That’s the next project, planning on a Roubo)
It was my first go at doors and drawers, but if I had my druthers I’d do both different. For the doors I slotted all the door frames to receive the glass, instead of doing a traditional frame where the glass is laid in from the back and then pinned or glazed in place. The drawers were not dovetail jointed.
Suffice it to say I fell out of love with this project early on but I think I was able to improve on the basic “glue only” process the plansnow.com details called for. A lot of pocket screws, traditional screwing and gluing made this extremely strong. One unintended side effect of making this so long (a tad over 7’) was that the dang thing sagged in the middle, almost to the tune of a 1/4”!!! Discovered that when I was fitting up the back and noticed the bow in the assembly. Had to fabricate a center support sturdy enough to withstand the occasional moving of the piece. Over the course of about two weeks most of the bow went away.
Thanks for looking and God Bless America!
-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........