Entertainment Center

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Project by kosta posted 01-23-2011 10:53 PM 2549 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody here is the project post for the entertainment center. I built a low entertainment center for the saw dust chronicles build challenge. I filmed 5 episodes on the entertainment center in September and October. Total time for this project was about 180 hours. Final Dimensions are 20 in tall 31-1/8 in wide 19-3/4 in deep. I built this entertainment center out of pine panels which I glued up myself. There were 14 panels total. There are 2 shelfs in each side compartment and 3 shelfs in the middle compartment. I cut through dados for all the selfs and the bottom panel. I cut stopped dados for the top panel. The front edge of the top panel overhangs the entire entertainment center by 2 inches. The side panels are held in place by rabbets cut in the top and bottom panels. The middle panels are held in place by through dados cut on the top and bottom panels. One of the problems I had was trying to figure out how to cut 5 dados in a 19 in tall panel without going through the other side. It took a lot of measurements to figure everything out. The dados are about 3/8 in deep and are 5/8 in wide.

One of the things that took a really long time was to flatten all the panels. Theres 14 panels total and you have to flatten both sides. I ended up having to redo some panels so in the end I flattened 17 panels. I used a block plane and a surform shaver to remove most of the material then I finished up by sanding the panel with 100 grit sandpaper.I went over how to make panels in Episode 73 Panels.

I put 2 coats of a golden pecan stain on all the parts. Then I put 4 coats of thinned down polyurethane on all the parts. I used steel wool to smooth out the polyurethane after I put all 4 coats on. This is the first time I have used steel wool on a project like this is and it actually works really good. It doesnt remove a lot of material like sand paper does so really dont have to worry about taking off layers of finish.I did all the finishing before I glued everything together because there wouldnt have been enough room to get all the way to the back of each panel to stain it.

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 01:01 AM

It looks Awesome! That sounds like hard work flattening all those panels by hand.

-- Chris - Baltimore, MD

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 07:20 PM

yeah it took a while

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 09:10 PM

Nice entertainment center.

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