Low Entertainment Center

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Blog series by thewoodwhisperer updated 10-09-2009 05:20 PM 5 parts 14018 reads 46 comments total

Part 1: Low Entertainment Center Pt. 1

08-19-2009 07:43 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 15 comments »

Think you can’t build furniture because you only have a few basic tools? Well, check this out! This walnut low entertainment center was built using three primary tools: a circular saw, a router, and a drill. But that doesn’t mean I skimped on quality and design. The unit has sliding doors, good ventilation, a little shelf in the back for a surge protector, and all of the trim is beveled at an angle for a more interesting visual effect (even the trim on the shelves features ...

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Part 2: Edge banding, dadoes, and rabbets

09-07-2009 01:12 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 5 comments »

If there is one major negative aspect to working with plywood and other sheetgoods, its the fact that we have to deal with the ugly exposed edges. But with a little know-how and some strips of wood, you can dress up the edges so that only a trained eye can tell that the board is not completely made of solid wood. A few of the topics covered in this part:- Edge-banding options.- Sources for solid wood edge-banding.- Attaching edgbanding to sheetgoods and trimming it flush with the surf...

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Part 3: Biscuits, dry assembly, clamping strategies, and glueup

09-21-2009 07:36 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 13 comments »

The absolute worst time to find out you’ve made a mistake is while the glue is drying. So this part focuses strongly on the importance of a dry assembly, which I consider to be an essential part of the glue up process. By the end we’ll have a partially glue-up entertainment center. A few of the topics covered in this part: Gluing trim pieces. Using biscuits. Clamping strategies. Using a wood filler to hide miter flaws. Cutting the big bevels on the top and bottom trim. Sa...

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Part 4: Prefinishing and Final Assembly

10-01-2009 07:19 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 5 comments »

An important aspect of building furniture that many new woodworkers overlook, is the importance of finishing BEFORE the project is completely glued together. That’s the primary focus of this part of the series. A few of the topics covered in this part: How to deal with color differences between plywood and solid wood trim. Raising the grain and applying water-based dyes. Theory and application of wiping varnish. Creating shelf pin holes for adjustable shelving. Applying ang...

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Part 5: Base Construction and Final Finish

10-09-2009 05:20 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 8 comments »

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’...

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