Low Entertainment Center #5: Base Construction and Final Finish

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 10-09-2009 05:20 PM 1969 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the final part of this series, I assemble and attach the base, install the handles, and apply the final finish to the top. This project was an incredible learning experience, and not in the way you might think. I actually found it incredibly challenging to step back from my primary shop tools, and focus only on the portable power tools. Not only did I find new ways of doing things, but I have a new found appreciation for the tools I have been taking granted for years. But hopefully you’ll see now that even with a very basic set of tools, you can still produce high quality furniture.

A few of the topics covered in this part:

  • Constructing the base.
  • Gluing up miters using the tape trick.
  • Attaching the base using pocket screws.
  • Attaching the custom handles.

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8 comments so far

View gbear's profile


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#1 posted 10-09-2009 06:38 PM

Very nice tutorial and project Marc…it turned out great.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 10-09-2009 06:44 PM

Mark, great job on the entertainment center. I’ve followed your progress from beginning to end. You made me remember something about it. When I was a kid back in the 50’s( a long time ago), my mom and dad had a table nearly identical to your e.c., except it didn’t have the base on it. My mom used it for a coffee table, complete with sliding doors, and solid back on it ,naturally. I think it was made out of oak(not knowing anything about wood back then). She used to get all over me if I set a glass on it without a coaster!!!!
I never understood why till I had kids and found out how much furniture cost. I did the same thing to mine. That’s why I build a lot of our furniture, cause it’s so much better when you build your own and appreciate it even more. Thanks for the videos and learning process. Rick.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 10-09-2009 06:53 PM

Marc, this has been an enjoyable series to follow. Thanks for sharing your time, skills and knowledge.

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

View Mike's profile


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#4 posted 10-09-2009 07:05 PM

Marc, This was an enjoyable series, really is top quality. Thanks so much for sharing.


-- Mike, VT

View IowaWoodcrafter's profile


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#5 posted 10-09-2009 08:05 PM


You’ve inspired me to make a similar entertainment center for my “man cave.” I hope you don’t mind if I use ALL of my tools. ;)

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 10-09-2009 08:26 PM

PLEASE don’t tell all these nice people they don’t need lot’s and lot’s of tools to do this project
(I own a tool store and I’m hungry!!)——-LOL

Aside from that small blunder—-Great job on the series
Thanks for sharing


View thewoodwhisperer's profile


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#7 posted 10-09-2009 08:34 PM

Thanks everyone.

Don’t worry Kent. I won’t be giving up my big tools any time soon! lol. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when that project was done :).

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View Alan's profile


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#8 posted 10-10-2009 05:12 PM

Great video again Marc. You have a really good teaching style that is very for me to keep up with.

-- Alan, Prince George

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