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Project by Michael Brailsford posted 2172 days ago 3106 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pair of bookcases and an entertainment center unit I built for my father. This is the furniture I was writing about in my blog “Sir step away from the project”. I had numerous headaches on this project from begining to end. I will not bore you with the details, but just say I have never had such a cantankerous project as this one. In the end I am pleased with the results. Better yet, my folks love it. The bookcases are 3’ wide, 6’ high, and 15” deep. It is made of cherry. The entertainment center is 4’ wide, 6’ high, and 18” deep. The moulding is designed to run around all three units, but can separate for moving.

-- Michael A. Brailsford





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Randy Sharp

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#1 posted 2172 days ago

Beautiful work Michael. More impressive is the obvious love for your parents. I know they are proud of you!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 2172 days ago

Outstanding job, Michael! Whatever headaches you had were worth the final result.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Michael Brailsford

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#3 posted 2172 days ago

Thanks Randy and Charlie

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 2172 days ago

Michael;

Your project looks good. Both the design and workmanship is equally nice.

If you want to “go Pro” in the cabinet / furniture business, or construction business for that matter, you’ll find pretty much all clients are a pain in the neck. Some are real bad.

After you leave the job at the end of the day I guess about 40 people from all walks of life are marched past the work area, with note pad in hand, and write down all the things you are screwing up, at least in their opinion.

The first two hours of the following morning are spent explaining why you’ve chosen this method over the other forty they have written down. Each answer is responded to with “are you sure?”.

I have had client’s actually call me at night and then hand someone the phone, who begins to question my techniques, as they are not familiar with them. Without answering, I ask for the owner to be put back on the phone, and explain that now that they have found a professional, I’ll stop by and remove my equipment in the morning.

I’m a nice guy and all, and I have been doing this work for a long time, (long enough for this client’s friend to recommend me to them), yet they are more comfortable in believing their eighty year old blind mother, who has inspected the work, via braille, from across the room.

If it weren’t for the clients, this work would be really fun.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Grumpy

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#5 posted 2172 days ago

Very nice work Michael. Good idea with the moulding. Your Dad should be very proud of your effort & skills.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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trifern

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#6 posted 2172 days ago

Great project Michael. I bet your father is proud and will always treasure this. Thanks for sharing.

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

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Michael Brailsford

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#7 posted 2172 days ago

Thanks guys.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#8 posted 2172 days ago

Michael, I think they turned out great. But I was woundering why you used cherry and why did you not use cove molding….NO! NO! NO! I am just messing around with you. Just adding a little fun after Lee’s post. I think you did a great job on them. Big case work like this must be a challange just due to the size of all the work. I have yet to build anything this size. But I would like to. Any way great job.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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Michael Brailsford

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#9 posted 2172 days ago

Thanks Dave. Guys I work with ask why I don’t use pine.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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ND2ELK

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#10 posted 2172 days ago

Very nicely done. I am sure your parents were very pleased. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Michael Brailsford

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#11 posted 2172 days ago

Thanks Tom

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 816 days ago

Nice looking bookcase!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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