Walnut and Zebrawood Wall-hung Console

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 03-13-2019 05:06 PM 458 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This walnut and zebrawood wall-hung console was made for the foyer. It replaced another wall-mounted unit. It was needed to hide holes thru the wallcovering from the prior unit – a lacquered remnant from the 1980s. The walnut is finished with Maloof two part oil finishing system. The zebrawood is unfinished. However it was hand sanded to 2000 grit, producing a natural luster in the wood. The doors are hung with Brusso knife hinges and the closures are magnetic touch latches. The unit is 61” long x 9 3/4” tall and 8” deep.

The trials and tribulations of the build are detailed in my blog.

Thanks for looking :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 03-13-2019 05:13 PM

Bill, the piece is mighty attractive; I always love the combination of walnut and zebrawood. You did an outstanding job on a difficult project. Congratulations!

-- Art

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#2 posted 03-13-2019 05:14 PM

Sweet – where is your shop helper in these pictures?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 03-13-2019 05:21 PM

Thanks Art. It was difficult for me. Hopefully I’ll get to the point where it is easy ;)

Thanks Earl. Willie is out in the yard terrorizing the tree service guys and collecting sticks. They’re breaking down the Norway Spruce that came down in the storm.

I’m retaining these two sections and two smaller sections.

They’re grinding up the stump at this point.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 03-13-2019 05:38 PM

Jeebus, that’s a fine looking piece Bill. But are you supposed to hang it so it touches that switch plate? You’re the architect but that don’t look right. I know you didn’t ask for criticisms but I also know you secretly crave them ;-)

Those woods and the design are outstanding!

Whatcha gonna do with the spruce?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 03-13-2019 05:48 PM

that came out sweet,real nice bill. i was thinking the same thing as kenny on the light switch?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 03-13-2019 06:01 PM

Perfect piece for the perfect place, love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 03-13-2019 06:22 PM

Thanks guys. Yeah well, that’s the way the prior unit was, so in order to cover all the damage on the wall, it needed to be hung at that elevation. The wall is also wavy across it’s length, so there’s about a 3/16” gap in a section between the console and the wall. Nothing I can do about it either.

As you can see, there were some vertical holes slotted into the wall. They had nothing to do with the last thing hanging there. Must have been from something else. I had to pull the plate in order to sneak the new one on.

I have to say, for what was once another architects house, the mechanics that did the work in it were very poor. I’m somewhat surprised by this as the house was done in the mid 70s. I find things like this around the house and it annoys me to no end. I know the work we did and this wasn’t it lol Also realize, the light hanging above the entrance was put there by me. There was no light at all and no power to that point. Took a day to do.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 03-13-2019 06:31 PM

I figured there was a good reason ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 03-13-2019 07:10 PM

very nicely done! I built something similar a few years ago, though mine was smaller to fit under a wall hung TV in our bedroom. It turned into a catchall for us, but at least I know where my wallet is every morning!

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#10 posted 03-13-2019 08:25 PM

That’s beautiful! I love the Walnut/Zebrawood combination too.

-- Ron Stewart

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#11 posted 03-13-2019 08:38 PM

Looks like it turned out real nice! Heck I’d even show it in my house! As far as the height goes unless it is awkward or strange, it should work? I think there are ways to repair the holes in the wall? Somewhat curious, the doors aren’t reversed by any chance? :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 03-13-2019 09:38 PM

Really nice work.

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#13 posted 03-13-2019 09:46 PM

Nice to see the console in its place. Looks great! Assume this will be a good spot to store extra treats for Willie (especially as it sounds like he is working hard with the tree removal)??? ;)

What’s the next project?! :)

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#14 posted 03-13-2019 09:49 PM

Thank you Scott and Ron.

Thanks Andre, but not sure what you mean by reversed? As to fixing the wall. The only thing that could be done is remove the wall covering, patch the wall then paint it. Or find the same wall covering and replace the damaged sections. Neither of those are possible. Way too much of it to be removed – it’s even on the ceilings. Would take a long time and cost a fortune to remove, patch and paint. Looked for the same wall covering to no avail. Produced in the 80s and 90s, but haven’t found a source for it as of yet. It is what it is :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#15 posted 03-13-2019 09:58 PM

Thanks Benjamin. And thank you Barbara. Willie already has a drawer in the kitchen full of treats, but I’m sure he’d vote for more ;) He’s sleeping right now. The guys had him running all day. Not sure what goes in the cabinets. Isn’t that the likely place to stanch a flashlight and some candles? lol What I really need are new front doors. Guess that’s next on the list since the weather is warming some. Can’t believe there’s no lites in the doors. No light above and no glass in either door to let natural light in. Very strange since the house is mostly glass. lol

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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