Maple Entertainment Center

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Project by Durbs75 posted 10-27-2016 10:02 AM 1212 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom entertainment center created for a newly remodeled home. My client had specific requirements and I designed this to fit their needs! My client has electronics that will fit into the top 3 cubby holes and a subwoofer will go behind the door which is upholstered with a light gray speaker cloth.

The project is constructed of 100% solid maple lumber except for the drawer boxes, which are poplar. The hardware and speaker cloth were provided by my client and I crafted the rest. The joinery is shallow dadoes reinforced with floating tendons. The color is a two tone process and shows off the sweeping flowing grain of the maple. The final color is a natural brown and gray tone. Very classic look!! The drawers feature dovetail joinery. The dimensions are 38 inches tall by 19 inches deep by 61 inches long. I had a lot of fun crafting this entertainment center and my client will enjoy this for years!!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#1 posted 10-27-2016 12:53 PM

Very nice. That finish looks silky smooth. A very modern and clean looking piece.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 10-06-2016 01:49 PM

nice job

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#3 posted 10-27-2016 06:51 PM

Can you give some more detail on the finish process? I’m close to finishing a maple dining table and this really looks great!

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#4 posted 10-27-2016 08:53 PM

MRTWO – Good afternoon!! The coloring process was relatively easy for a toned finish like this. I sanded the maple with 150 grit on a ROS. Then I took Varathane Kona and sprayed it on and immediately wiped it off. I let the Kona dry overnight. Then I took a 220 grit on the ROS and almost sanded all of the Kona off except for a little bit here and there and whatever was left in the softer grain. I then took Varathane Weathered Gray and wiped it on and immediately wiped it off and it gives what you see in the pictures. I let that dry overnight as well. For the finish I sprayed on 3 coats of Varathane acrylic poly in the satin sheen sanding between coats with 320.

i would advise making several samples so you know how far to sand the Kona down. What I do is take a 6 inch by 36 inch piece of the wood I’m working with and stain the whole thing with the Kona. Then segment the board into three 12 inch sections and sand one section, then sand the second section even more, then finally sand the third section even more than the second. Then wipe on the Weathered Gray and off so you can see the 3 levels of color you can choose from. Best of luck and post pics when you get it finished!!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#5 posted 10-27-2016 09:27 PM

This piece turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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