Stickley inspired Entertainment Center

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Blog series by LegendInMyOwnMind updated 06-25-2011 08:03 PM 13 parts 25020 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Thinking about this weekend

05-04-2011 01:47 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

After [mostly] finishing our XBOX 360 entertainment unit my son and I have been thinking about what we want our next project to be. We’ve spend months on getting the “fancy room” more or less done as my space to “get away”. The kids want me in my own space and I hate coming in the room and seeing Sponge Bob playing on the TV. That was the impetus to get the “fancy room” done. We looked at the Stickley website. After all, there were no big screen TV...

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Part 2: Design ideas - Plan

05-05-2011 12:59 AM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 3 comments »

Spent time thinking about what I want in an Entertainment Center. The Stickley designs are 63 in wide. Typical heights are 30 to 34 in. I drew up a plan showing what I think I want to do. I like kick boards for the bottom better than the typical rounded Stickley design. Frankly, I am not much of a housekeeper and I end up with too much dirt/dust and am too lazy to want to keep it clean under the front. Bottom 3 openings will be drawers. Top 6 will be shelves. I showed the shelves as...

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Part 3: QCAD Screenshot

05-05-2011 01:51 AM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

Not sure what other people are doing for CAD programs. From what I’ve read, a lot of people use google sketchup. I’m running Linux and am using QCAD, It’s a great free program and there is a windoze version out there somewhere. Here’s a screencap of the Entertainment Unit: The program saves as standard DXF files.

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Part 4: Materials List

05-05-2011 03:46 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 1 comment »

The material will be Red Oak plywood available at Lowes Depot. Since nearly all of the widths will be 16 inches, the materials list is fairly simple. Here’s my first crack at it:

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Part 5: Cut List

05-05-2011 05:02 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

Made the cut lists using EXCEL. Here’s the amount of veneer edge banding that should be needed. When I ran the lists for the cuts I found it doesn’t quite fit into two sheets of plywood.

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Part 7: Replanning...

05-09-2011 10:58 AM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

After building the XBox-360 Entertainment Center I have some changes to this design. The height is just too tall for my “Fancy Room”. I am trying for a sophisticated look in the room and the height needs to be right. I still want the drawers and shelves and the look of the Stickley unit. I’ve scaled down the height for a better view. Seated in a chair, the screen should be centered on your eyes. Here’s where I am now. I think 27” inches should be a good co...

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Part 8: Sketchup model for SIEU

05-30-2011 10:47 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

I made this Sketchup Model of the Stickley Inspired Entertainment Center. I think it turned out pretty good considering it’s my first time using Sketchup.

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Part 9: Assembly of the unit

06-05-2011 01:34 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

Did the basic shell assembly yesterday and stained it (Minwax 215 Red Oak). Waiting on stain to dry now.

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Part 10: First finish coat - Spar Urethane

06-05-2011 04:42 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 1 comment »

I decided to go with spar urethane (Helmsman satin by Minwax) as the protective finish. I read some reviews and thought I’d give it a try. I like the way it applies better than the regular polyurethane I used on the x-box 360 entertainment unit. Hard to explain why it feels different but it just seems to go on easier. Maybe it’s thinner? It also seems to raise the grain a bit less so maybe I will need less sanding. Somebody said it isn’t better at water resistance, but i...

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Part 11: Stain Before Glue

06-05-2011 04:56 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

Stained this unit before gluing and I had much better results than I did with the stain when we made our X-box 360 Entertainment Unit. . On the X-box Unit the vertical edge where a shelf meets the side support shows darker stain. On this method there is no stain inconsistency in the vertical side since it was done at one staining.

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Part 12: Slow but steady progress - Finishing

06-11-2011 10:19 AM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

Bought Mission Style drawer pulls at Rockler. They had some Stickley pulls that I really liked but couldn’t talk myself into $40 each (I need 3). Something about paying as much for the drawer pulls as I did for the entire unit just didn’t sit right with me. Found some mission style pulls that were more like $7.50. They look pretty good, but not as “Stickley” as the Stickley ones: Did some sanding of the third coat which is on the top of the unit using 280 grit s...

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Part 13: Finally finished

06-25-2011 08:03 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 2 comments »

Done! First dovetails using my HF dovetail jig, Fits videos perfectly.

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