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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 1543 days ago 687 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found some plans from Woodsmith.com for a mainly pocket hole jig constructed entertainment center. With my level of skill still being fairly newbie, I decided this would be a great project (as we need a new stand badly), and I don’t have to worry about perfecting mortis/tenon/dovetail yet… So yesterday my dad and I drove to a lumber mill in his part of the state and I was able to pick up some good looking red oak for a decent price so I can get started. The wood is currently at his house, since he was willing to help with some of the rough cutting and I didn’t have the room in my car to haul plywood. I’ll be going back next weekend with my truck anyway so :) Just excited to get started! I figured I’d post my pics, progress and pictures here. If this isn’t the right spot, would someone let me know? Thanks!

-- aspiring jill of all trades



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#1 posted 1543 days ago

Rhybeka, this is certainly the right place to post about the entertainment construction. It will be interesting to watch your progress on this project. Following a construction blog series is always an interesting way to get “inside” info on a project. :) So keep the posts coming.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1514 days ago

So hopefully some of you may be following my laboriously slow progress on this project, but with the school quarter winding down, I haven’t gotten much progress made. So far, my dad was kind enough to get all the pieces cut for me. I was reminded that the boards aren’t a true 1 inch thick, but 15/16ths. When I asked if it made a difference, I was told no since it’s all the same. The one thing it’s gotten me out of is the first step in the directions since the gentleman walking through the project had to rabbet the edges of his plywood to create a shadow. I already have a shadow. My question is this. I’ve dry fit the pieces for the ends together, consisting of a center 3/4 piece of red oak ply, then 1 inch rails on the right/left sides and then pieces of 1×3ish at the top and the bottom (also red oak). This lead me to realize that the plywood wasn’t cut perfectly straight. One starts at the perfect width and gains about 1/4 up to the other end. I believe this is also the case for the other piece. My dad tells me it’s my job to figure it out. :D So, my question is what is the best way to take the high spots out of the plywood? My black and decker table saw is setup, but I’ve not used it before, and I’m sure it needs a better blade on it. I thought about using a block plane to knock it down (just have to get my blade and chip breaker sharpened and make sure everything is correct on that). I started with sanding, but that is going to take way too long. I’m open to any ideas – I’m trying to keep the edge from chipping too badly but it appears the blade dad used wasn’t the best either since there’s plenty of chip out already. I’ll post some pics here after I get lunch. Thanks everybody!

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#3 posted 1514 days ago

hm – too late to edit this post – it only gains about 1/16 to 1/8th of an inch. Must have too much homework on the brain!

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#4 posted 1458 days ago

well, I said I’d post pics, and here’s the first round. Part of me wanted to start staining the pieces as I went along, since all of the holes were due to be pocketed on the interior, no need for any exterior touch ups. All a part of the learning process, no? So much for trying to help myself be ahead of the game. The case construction is done. I’m up to the point of putting the middle divider in, and running into some more complications. It’s flush with the front of the case on the bottom, but not on the top. It’s off by a good oh – quarter of an inch? I measured the piece and it appears to be 20 1/4 wide at both ends so I’m a tad stumped. I’m not sure it’ll matter except for aesthetics since the whole thing is getting case framed, front and back. For my peace of mind I”ll have to fix it but for now it’ll have to wait until the homework monster has abated. I thought I’d at least post some pics of how it’s going on to this point :) I did have to use my plane on the 1/4 piece of oak that hides the ply face on the divider – that was pretty sweet :D

Case Frame w/ some stain
top of the divider that's off a bit!
bottom of divider!

guess I’m still not getting the hang of the picture code… hopefully it’ll click soon :D

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#5 posted 1456 days ago

http://rhybeka.bitbucket.be/Photos_files/blades/dividertop.jpg
http://rhybeka.bitbucket.be/Photos_files/blades/dividertop.jpg
http://rhybeka.bitbucket.be/Photos_file/blades/dividerbottom.jpg

try these links on for size – they’ll work :D

I think I figured out I’m going to try to gently pry up the facing and shim that so it’s visually flush with the front. At least if that fails all I’m out is a piece of facing :)

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#6 posted 1447 days ago

well… I got past that…now to find out once I got the case frame together, it’s 1/8 of an inch off on one side when it’s flush on the other. Looks like the ‘extra’ lumber I had isn’t so extra. Another lesson learned about having other people cut my parts.

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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