Small Entertainment Cabinet #4: A little side tracked, again...

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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 02-15-2009 07:27 AM 12216 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I was out playing on the entertainment cabinet today, doing pretty well at actually getting something done for a change, and then I started looking at the Ebony tops.

Kind of boring I think. So, I was thinking, how could I complicate this. I’ve already rebuilt the top 3 times, due to these brilliant ideas. LOL

I may never actually finish. Anyway, I was thinking some sort of design in them would give it a little extra kick, or maybe a different veneer.

I laid out a few different types of veneers, thinking changing from Ebony might be the answer, but I was afraid introducing another wood might be too much.

So I decided maybe some simple marquetry would kick it up a notch, to quote some guy that cooks a lot. A compass design came to mind, so I got out some plexiglass and made a small template. One problem with a new template is the fact it’s clear, so if you lay it down, without making a mental note of it, finding it again can be a b*h. Ask me how I know. Ask me how many times I know. LOL

Then, with some Curly Maple and some Curly Anigre, I cut some 1” wide strips and joined them together. Using this new template, I cut some pieces to shape and laid them out on the Ebony tops.

I think they look pretty good. If I decide to use them, it means redoing the tops one more time.

Let me know what you all think of this idea. Keep in mind, these pieces are loosely laid out on the top, so don’t be too critical of the joints, or even being perfectly centered.









-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 02-15-2009 07:53 AM

Since the rest of the entertainment cabinet is one color, I think this would add a nice accent to the unit. As long as the rest of the unit is not too busy to clash with this, it’ll be beautiful and elegant. But then again, maybe you should just scrap it all and send it to my house so you can start over and do it the way you really want it to look like . . . }:)~ Only problem is my house isn’t quite large enough. I’ll need to build another floor and raise the roof and buy my neighbor’s lot . . .

It’s beautiful. Don’t mind me, I’m just drooling. But, you could send your rejects over.

I like the boldness of the ribbon effect and the contrast of the star. I think it works with a solid background of the rest of the cabinetry.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 02-15-2009 07:57 AM

Very entertaining Lee. LOL

Your wife must be getting kind of mad. Having to lay on the floor to look at the TV. Did you set it on the dining room table.

I’t looks great except one of your diamonds is 1/3 white and 2/3 brown. But I’m sure you wife would have pointed that out and then their would have been 5 tops instead of 4.

is this going to be done by time for the picnic so we’ll have a show-n-tell from you.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-15-2009 08:04 AM

Beautiful Lee, It looks great, your doing a great job on it. Hope your wife is liking it too.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 02-15-2009 08:12 AM

Hi mmh;

Thanks for the input. I like it too, since most of the cabinet is satinwood. (Which I still hate working with). It’s the devil, I tell ya. LOL

It doesn’t like me either. Whenever I look at it, it splits.


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#5 posted 02-15-2009 08:16 AM

Hey Karson;

That one piece you mentioned has a new veneer tape I’m trying out. As you can see, it’s brown. You don’t have to wet it to put it on, or remove it. I got it from Joe Woodworker.

I hope it works as claimed. Saves a lot of time on assembly, since you don’t have to assemble everything with blue tape first, then veneer tape.

I’ll let you know how it works out.


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#6 posted 02-15-2009 08:20 AM

Hey Dan;

Thank you.

She went to Atlantic City with her sister, so she hasn’t seen it. Some Valentine for me huh?

I’m slaving away in a hot shop, while she’s out having a good time. Figures. Women, can’t live with them, pass the beer nuts. LOL


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#7 posted 02-15-2009 08:50 AM

Did someone mention the devil.

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

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#8 posted 02-15-2009 12:55 PM

Looking great, Lee! Nice contrast with the woods. Have you ever bleached wood? I wonder what bleached snakewood would look like as the one of the star woods?

Don’t take this wrong because there is nothing wrong with what you have but if you leave it as you have it the compass design appears to be floating on the table and in turn the mind thinks it could float off. Me being a chip carver and using geometric designs like this I have found that when you have a main design like yours a border is needed to make the mind think it isn’t going to float off of the table. This can be as simple as small triangles and they don’t even have to touch. Just take pieces and lay them around the perimeter to get ideas. If you want any ideas PM me and I’ll help you out.


-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#9 posted 02-15-2009 02:56 PM

I am glad to see I am not alone with never being satisfied with boring. It’s better that the project take a year or so to complete and be really cool then done in a weekend and be boring LOL. That’s the problem with building our own stuff there doesn’t really seem to be a deadline so at least my imagination tends to run a little wild at the cost of completeing the project.
Awesome as usual though! I love your documention of the process!!!



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#10 posted 02-15-2009 03:14 PM

Hi Grumpy;

I did. You got any ideas on taming the beast? LOL


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#11 posted 02-15-2009 03:18 PM

Great start, beautiful work.

I was looking at your assembly table with the chart on it. Is that sealed in the table finish and where do I get one of those charts?

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#12 posted 02-15-2009 03:19 PM

Hi Roger;

Thanks for the input. I have bleached wood in the past, and it’s an interesting idea.

The border idea is a definite, since that will complicate it even more! You know how I feel about complicating things. I’m all for it.

Thank you;


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#13 posted 02-15-2009 03:23 PM

Hi Ron;

It’s not too often I get to build stuff for fun anymore, so I do have a tendency to make changes along the way.

I do have to get this out of the shop though.



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#14 posted 02-15-2009 03:27 PM

HI Bob;

I’ll tell you, but you have to tell me where to get one of those fireman hats.

That is a self healing mat, used mostly for sewing. So any really high class place, like Walmart, or material store, or hobby / craft store will have them. They come in several sizes.

When I stole my wife’s iron, I grabbed that too.

Also, it’s just laying on the bench.


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#15 posted 02-15-2009 09:01 PM

Lee, I like the added design on the top but after you put it on than you may decide you need to change the doors, and while your at it you might just as well add something to the front. Like mmh said, just start over and send it over to my house (Completely finished of course). Seriously I do like the top with the compass and wouldn’t change a thing.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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