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Project by Michael James posted 05-04-2011 07:57 AM 4623 views 19 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from the Woodsmith series – I changed the doors to have reeded glass and used walnut on the top and base. Finished with Arm-R-Seal…really fun to build.

It was my first attempt at doors and a drawer so I also learned a ton. I completed it last fall but didn’t get a chance to post it. We’ve been using it all winter and it’s been great.

-- Michael James -

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RS Woodworks

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 09:26 AM

Well Michael, I’m happy to be the first to say you did a fantastic job on this. It looks great.
I think the grain on that ash we picked out really works especially for that drawer face.

I’d like to see some more pics of the finished project… I like seeing the progress pics, but if you could swap out one or two that would be great. Otherwise I may have to swing by your place sometime and see it in person. Haha.
And where the heck did you find Arm’r’seal around here? I havent seen that stuff but would like to try it.

Congrats on another well done project.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 01:58 PM

Looks good. I’m currently working on my version too.

-- Marc,

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 02:14 PM

Beautiful!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 05-04-2011 02:35 PM

Outstanding piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 03:33 PM

Thanks everyone.

Ryan – there’s a place in Calgary that carries it – took me awhile to find, but they do get it in often. I’ll try to take a few more and swap them out…this is what I had on my computer and you know me and cameras…

-- Michael James -

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#6 posted 05-04-2011 03:50 PM

Very nice.. precisely the inspiration I needed for mine

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 05-04-2011 06:49 PM

Very nice work, love the color.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#8 posted 05-04-2011 11:51 PM

Nice, I love it.

-- OS, Burleson, TX

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#9 posted 05-30-2011 12:17 PM

I really like what you’ve built here! I’ve just been commissioned for my first project by a friend of one of my daughters to build an entertaninment center and I’m looking for ideas to float past him and I think I’m going to lead off with yours. I tend to look at worst case situations and am leery of building one of those 6’ tall monstrosities (picturing kiddies climbing on it, bringing the EC down on top of them).....this is straightforward, clean lines and encompasses all that I’m looking to do, right down to the glass doors, that he had asked for too. He did ask for a darker wood to be used so maybe I’ll go with fumigated white oak, idk. Echoing the first poster, if you’ve got any more pics I would encourage you to build up a quick blog on the project.

Many thanks!

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#10 posted 05-30-2011 06:18 PM

Hey Paul. I saw your reply so I thought I would chime in. There have been a couple of these entertainment centers posted here recently, including mine and this one so you might be able to find some more pictures with those projects. You can also find the plans for this project here. The plans even have a small section about making glass doors instead of the standard wood lattice ones. Enjoy!

-- Marc,

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Michael James

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#11 posted 05-31-2011 12:21 AM

Thanks Marc,

I was going to say the same. I don’t think mine would be the best example for close-ups anyway. I’m still working on doors and drawers and this was my first attempt.

You can also get the plans for free here.

-- Michael James -

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#12 posted 11-06-2014 01:20 PM

Very nicely done. I like the wood combos also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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