The Start of a Challenge

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Blog series by rhybeka updated 09-01-2012 02:44 PM 7 parts 21275 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: The start of a challenge

05-02-2010 12:07 PM by rhybeka | 6 comments »

I found some plans from 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 a...

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Part 2: So now that I've kinda figured out this blogging series thing...

11-11-2010 09:58 PM by rhybeka | 2 comments »

hard to believe I started this project 193 days ago and it’s still a pretty rough project. School, and a master bathroom remodel have taken me away…that and I hit a brick wall when the wood is cut to the dimensions required but…somethings causing the case to be 1/2 inch too long, and I’ve got an extra 2 inches inside the case… still not certain how it’s happened, but I’m moving on to get it done…we need this piece sooner rather than later and th...

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Part 3: updated pictures and status

11-27-2010 12:14 AM by rhybeka | 0 comments »

Slow going, I know, but I finally had a chance to make some headway on this project today. My work area has changed to our back sunroom since the garage is officially too cold to get anything to dry in a decent amount of time :D I’m kind of winging it since I’ve really parted ways from the original plan on the interior of the case. I’ll have to see if I can upload a picture of my sketchup draft. Here’s what it looks like currently – the clamps are holding in the...

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Part 4: frustration setting in again...

12-12-2010 03:56 AM by rhybeka | 0 comments »

just when I thought things might be starting to look up, I run into a whole slew of troubles to solve with this entertainment center. Again I question my sanity of just pushing through to finish this thing and keep thinking I just need to get it done and learn from the mistakes and go from there… of course I have cuts I need to make on my table saw and we’re due to get a few inches of snow and under 20 degree weather starting tomorrow. Ugh. If you guys feel like giving any input o...

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Part 5: out of square doors

10-28-2011 12:48 AM by rhybeka | 0 comments »

So to bring us up to speed, I’ve managed to get the case assembled with the front and back frames – it doesn’t look pretty – yet. Some of it’s finished, thinking that would make my job easier in the end – seeing that as a definite mistake…my penitence will be sanding and re-staining it all at once. I need to start a Ms. Debbie’s notebook for this project since it’s so long in between that I’m able to work on it! It has been a learnin...

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Part 6: Part 4 - I think

02-04-2012 01:51 AM by rhybeka | 2 comments »

I thought I would post my slow progress…this project luckily has made the priority list – otherwise known as – the significant other has said I can’t buy any more wood or start any other projects until this is done. Rightfully so and I agreed a while ago. So now that I’m down to one class a semester, and my dad has been a big help just trying to help me ‘get this done’ and offering creative suggestions, it’s about there. One thing is for sure &#...

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Part 7: Fin of this challenge

09-01-2012 02:44 PM by rhybeka | 2 comments »

Well, I’m relieved this project is finished… but I’m ready to start another. I learned a lot while building this – namely I need to go back to basics and some easier / simpler projects. Especially with time constraints like homework. :) Please ignore the dog hair – I was in the process of cleaning and rememebrered I needed a pic! Now I’m off to plan my next woodworking adventure!

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