Purpleheart Entertainment Center

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Project by TulsaWoodSmith posted 07-24-2010 02:26 AM 2263 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this entertainment center out of purpleheart with maple accent stripes in the molding. The tower shelves are lighted with LED lights. The TV cabinet will accomodate up to a 65 inch TV. I keep telling my wife it is vitally important that we not limit ourselves in that area!

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 02:28 AM

Beautiful work

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 02:37 AM

Wow, thats a lot of purple heart!

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 03:19 AM

got money? i hate you only because you can make what you want lol kudos

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 03:32 AM

Doug I’m with you… That’s a lot of purple heart….. that a lot of dough sittin there!

All the LJ’s who turn pens are mentally dividing and multiplying to figure out how many pens they could make with that much purple heart!

My first thought was of that guy that does the Staples commercials and screams…”That’s a low price!!” but saying something about how much purple heart that is.

Beautiful project….. and yes I’m jealous too! ;)


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#5 posted 07-24-2010 03:52 AM

That is very nice!

I’d be curious to know the actual cost of the wood itself for this project. I buy Bolivian rosewood for a pretty high price since I buy it already to size for ease of use. Sometimes I just want to buy a real board and resaw it myself, because even though I’d turn a lot of it to sawdust, it would still be about half the price. But then I’d need a sander (after my planer-molder) to make them smooth (and I don’t have $250 a pop for a 3 foot long “2 by 6”, anyway). It isn’t really worth my time, as I am not a production shop. I priced enough QSO for a chest I’d like to build, and it’s about $550 just for the wood. But I pay more for little 1/4” thick slats, even from the borg store, for the same reason- I don’t have all that time to make the thin pieces. Then again, if I bought a thicker board to resaw, how would I be sure to get the medullary rays and tiger stripes I am sure I see in the thin stock?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 07-24-2010 04:45 AM

I truly appreciate the kind words about this Purpleheart beast!

I bought about 150 BF, and after the project was finished I have enough left over to make a couple of cutting boards.—As long as they aren’t too big!

If I remember correctly, I think the cost was about $1500 for the PH and a couple hundred more for the hardware and Plywood.

It is so heavy that it took my assistant and me and lots of grunting and groaning to get it up on that hearth—-and that was without the doors installed!
I will post a full kitchen in the next couple of days that was a huge project not only due to the size but also because the client chose Yellow Heart! about 550 BF !!

Thanks again


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#7 posted 07-24-2010 06:10 AM

That is one beautiful entertainment center. What type of finish did you use? It looks very nice.
You seemed to pay alot for your purpleheart…150 bf for $1500.. that’s $10 a bd ft. I bought some recently at the lumberyard and paid $6 bd ft. Prices sure do vary by location.

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#8 posted 07-24-2010 02:16 PM

Yes, the PH runs about $9perBF plus tax. I can’t get oak for $6.00!

I looked at your site. I love your work.

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#9 posted 07-24-2010 02:25 PM

Wow, that’s a lot of purple heart. I can only use it for accents because of the cost. I bought a block that was 10×10x3” thick and it was $20.
You sure made a nice entertainment center from it and it is the kind that will accomodate ever bigger TV’s.

Nice job! Thanks for sharing…......

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 07-24-2010 03:30 PM

Wow! I love PH but I would have to sell the Tv , Blue Ray and everything else just to buy the PH. LOL

Great Job!! and thanks for posting.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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