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Blog series by Lifesaver2000 updated 06-14-2012 11:48 PM 5 parts 30840 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: A Plan and a Beginning

04-04-2012 08:44 PM by Lifesaver2000 | 1 comment »

This is my plan for a media center that is a more-or-less match for the Walnut Coffee Table I completed a couple of months ago. The dimensions are about 24×58-3/4×20 3/4. A couple of points of interest in the design. The drawers on the bottom are sized to hold about 180 DVDs all together. The back panels will be removable and the shelves will have cutouts in the back to make hooking up cabling easier, and the drawers will stop a couple inches short of the back to allow for...

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Part 2: Progress Report - We Have Panels!

04-27-2012 02:27 PM by Lifesaver2000 | 0 comments »

Since it has been over three weeks since my post kicking off this project, it is time for an update. I have been able to spend quite a bit of time on this project but until two days ago it was all spent in lumber preparation. Digging through my pile, selecting the best pieces and cutting to rough dimensions takes a lot of work when starting with rough cut lumber. With a good selection of boards on hand, I then started the process of flattening one side with my hand planes then running th...

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Part 3: Assembly Almost Complete

05-27-2012 08:16 PM by Lifesaver2000 | 0 comments »

It has been a month now since my last post. I have been spending most of my spare time working on this console, and haven’t really had any computer time except at work. I have taken a few pictures here and there, but it seems that every time I want to photograph my progress the camera batteries are dead. As soon as I get my computer and camera together I will post the pics, but for now just going to give an update. Although I am not as far along as I would like to be, I can see th...

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Part 4: Update with Nine New Photos

05-30-2012 05:11 AM by Lifesaver2000 | 3 comments »

Believe it or not, I finally have some pics to show of my progress. If all goes according to plan, the only thing left to do when this week is over will be the finishing work. So, here we go…. This first image was taken a few weeks back, when I had completed gluing up all the panels. There are the top, the main shelf, four adjustable shelves, both ends and the middle dividers in this photo. Starting with just rough sawn lumber, it seemed like it took forever to get to this po...

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Part 5: Project Complete

06-14-2012 11:48 PM by Lifesaver2000 | 1 comment »

Construction and finishing has been completed since my last blog post. For the two drawers, I built boxes out of half-inch baltic birch plywood with quarter-inch baltic birch bottoms. For the plywood backs, I used quarter inch oak plywood which I later stained with dark walnut stain. I would have prefered actual walnut plywood but I don’t know of anywhere within a hundred miles that sells it, and under normal use I don’t think this will be visible anyway, once all the electroni...

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