Arts and Crafts Entertainment Center / Sideboard

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Blog series by pintodeluxe updated 04-01-2013 04:51 PM 6 parts 30346 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: Side Panels

02-26-2013 08:38 PM by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

Here is the next project, an entertainment center that is reminiscent of a Stickley sideboard. The central slat detail gives a nod to Kevin Rodel. The backsplash features my “wedge and strap” detail, also found on my A&C dressers. ----- Leg blanks are laminated from 3/4” stock. Next I add 1/4” thick veneers on two sides. Even though the finished veneers will only be 3/32” thick, I leave them 1/4” thick for now. I find that 1/4” stri...

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Part 2: Pattern Routing Curves, Mortiser Mod, Side Panel Glueup

03-06-2013 11:02 PM by pintodeluxe | 1 comment »

For those who are just joining, this is what I am building.-----Time to pattern rout the lower side rails with an arched shape. -----I made an oversized base with toggle clamps to hold my workpiece in place. After bandsawing the rail to rough shape I clamp it in the jig, and zip it to shape. -----Arch complete. ------I stained the front side of the floating panels, and built the side assemblies. I installed some 1/4” foam weatherstripping in the groove to help center the floating p...

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Part 3: Dados and Carcase Assembly

03-11-2013 08:31 PM by pintodeluxe | 2 comments »

This is my arts and crafts style entertainment center, which is reminiscent of a Stickley sideboard.-----Gluing up the top panel. Here I am gluing up two pairs of boards, while leaving the middle joint dry. This allows me to plane the two planks to uniform thickness before gluing them together to make the top. -----Next I cut the dados that will receive the shelf members. -----I needed to edge the plywood mid-shelf, so I cut the biscuit slots to prepare the joint. I chose a 3-1/2̶...

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Part 4: Central splat, Drawers, and Doors

03-18-2013 07:47 PM by pintodeluxe | 5 comments »

This is where I am at currently on the entertainment center.-----There is an interesting central splat detail, inspired by Kevin Rodel’s arts and crafts dining chair. -----It is a series of slats glued together with the thin parts let into grooves. I found it was best to cut the tenons before creating the stopped grooves. With my first trial I cut the grooves first, and experienced some chipout cutting the tenons. -----The splat has some nice shadow lines, and forms three small squ...

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Part 5: Wedge and Strap Backsplash, Trimming Top, and Staining

03-25-2013 02:18 AM by pintodeluxe | 10 comments »

So this is where we left off with things last time…-----The entertainment center features a wedge and strap backsplash to match my 6 drawer dressers -----Basically it is a shallow dado that receives a walnut inlay. I cut tapers on the backsplash first, then glued the wedges back on. I carpet-taped a strip of plywood to the backsplash to give me a straight reference edge to cut the dados (note to self: rip plywood strip before installing dado bla...

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Part 6: Lacquer, Wax, and Hardware

04-01-2013 04:51 PM by pintodeluxe | 1 comment »

After mounting the slides, I used carpet tape to temporarily attach the drawer fronts. Slides are Centerline 757’s, and mounting is the same as my dresser project here… -----Drawer fronts installed with 4 screws each.-----Since the drawers are graduated from 6” to 9”, I made a full sized pattern for the largest drawer. Then I marked the size of the other drawers, and used those lines to lay out all drawer pull holes o...

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