Entertainment Center finally done.

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Project by Ken90712 posted 06-19-2011 04:24 PM 3496 views 9 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the Entertainment Center.

Fist of would like to thank all our fellow Lumberjocks who helped and gave me advice and support throughout this project….
Woodwhisper for color ideas, Charels Neil for my streaking dye help, Rob Tule Peak Timber Storemore for glass top idea and Spalm, Blackcherry, Gary K, Childress, Ken C, Lee Jesbernger, Joe Lyddon, Degoose, Lew, Plantek, Don H, TDV, Rick Demmington, Mafe, Dennis Grossen, 3fingerpat, Beginningwoodworker, DCLW, Scott Byran & any that I forgot!!!!! You all have been supportive and people I respect and would call new friends!!!!
• Total money spent on materials for this project $1100. This does not include some new tools that I just had to have LOL… Some quick amounts; 300 Lumber, 190, ½ inch glass top, 60 Dye Stains, 180 Plywood, 75 Enduro Var , 35 Seal Coat, 20 Screws, 38 Blotch control, 75 Hardware, 60 Spindles, 30 Black back and some odds and ends.
• Some tools I just could not live without LOL
The new 5500 Earlex sprayer, Hatachi Skill saw, Inlay kit & bits which I didn’t use, Porter cable ¼ sheet sander, Porter Cable Biscuit Jointer & a new hand plane.
Total hours spent = 120 hrs total. As some of you know, I had a cpl set backs using the dye. It started streaking something fierce. So I handplaned the top back down to bare wood and started over. End result I was very happy that choose to do this.
• I used the plans from Woodsmith’s book called, “Bookcases; Cabinets & Shelves. I changed the dimensions so my electronics would fit along with the thickness of the top. I choose to make double raised panels for the sides and raise panels for the doors as well. I Just love the floating glass top which came from Storemore, thx bro!

• New things I learned and tried as a growing woodworker.
Using dye stains and glaze. Working with Epoxy, filling all the knots to highlight them instead of hiding them. Doors and drawers being inset instead of overlapping the face frame. (This took some time to get right, and I have a whole new respect for those of you that make this look so easy!) Using a handplane for such a large top, I got to do this twice thx to the dye problem LOL… Getting better at spray finishing as well. And much more to say the least!

Seems unbelievable to me I started this project 82 days ago. I realize that I work full time along with overtime to boot, and have had a cpl trips and obligations to attend but it just does not seem that long. With 120 hours invested in this, I am glad to be finally enjoying it. Some of the pictures have some weird shadows and what looks to be flaws in the finish but we all know that our pics do not always do our projects justice. My neighbors & friends who stop by to have a brew out of our Keg system have been watching the progress. They stopped by and saw the finished product yesterday and think I should change professions LOL… Not a good idea with 120 hrs invested, I think I will stick to Aircraft Maintenance and do this for fun.

Some electronic info, Onkyo THX receiver, Sony 400 disc player, Sony Blue-Ray, 36 channel clean power and equalizer, speakers are custom made by Aperion Audio, and last but not least, my new Baby! 64 inch Samsung 8000 series Plasma man this is baby is sweet!

Thank-you again everyone for all of your support!

Happy Fathers day to all of you who are fathers and grandfathers!

Most of all I thank Blondie, who always supports my hobby and never questions the money I spend or my ideas of building things. She spent her Birthday helping me set all this up along with being excited and having fun doing it, this is what she chose to do. After 18 years, she is still my best friend!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 04:31 PM

looks awesome Ken. very nice. I really like the “rough” edge on the front. I know that Onkyo really rocks some good ole Bob Segar…. :)

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

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 04:39 PM

Great job Ken. All your hard work paid off.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 05:02 PM

That’s a great looking unit, Ken!

Very nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 06-19-2011 05:12 PM

Hi Ken
Happy birthdayBlondie
Great looking entertainment centre !!!!!!
You did a great job and I give you full marks on design/ craftsmanship and patience.
But always remember the old saying ” TOOL DO NOT A CRAFTSMAN MAKE ”
Again great job and I enjoyed your blog as you went along .

Thanks for your post


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 06-19-2011 06:07 PM

Gorgeous work, Ken! I agree, the natural looking edge really spiffs it up a notch. It seems that, with the TVs changing shape, a lot of people are going to lower centers. This one certainly ranks right up there.

You flattened that top with a hand plane? Hats off to you!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#6 posted 06-19-2011 06:26 PM

Congratulations on finishing a great piece! That was a lot of work. Thank you for posting the blog.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 06-19-2011 07:35 PM

Great looking entertainment centre . Nice work

-- Leon . [email protected]

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#8 posted 06-19-2011 07:38 PM

Congratulations again…

Question: What is “36 channel clean power”?
... a special power supply?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 06-19-2011 08:16 PM

Ken, this is a beautiful piece of furniture. I am fond of seeing raised panels in a cabinet so this is a real treat for me, personally. You did a good job with build and I also love the natural edge. I have no doubt that “Blondie” is thrilled with it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 06-19-2011 10:17 PM

That’s one gorgeous (and expensive!) entertainment center.

Now if you add in labor, how much would you have to charge to make one for somebody else? :-)

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

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#11 posted 06-19-2011 10:38 PM

I’m with you, brother. What’s your opinion of the Anant’s, given your obvious use. Is it considered “old school” yet to have a manual equalizer? If so, that’s a shame, because we both LOVE manual equals.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 06-20-2011 11:25 AM

Congratulations on the BIG project finished, yes you have really taken a learning and experience travel there, so many new skills in one project, I am really impressed. And what a result, fantastic, sometimes when we stop and look back it is quite amazing what we do because we belive we can. Sometimes I thought your project would never end, that we would see a blog no 19824 where you were struggelig with the details, but then when I look at your work it was clear that you were really on track and well organized, so I was all full of trust in you, now it’s there and all set up, ready to rock and rool.
Hope you will enjoy this piece for the years to come, I’m sure watching TV got a new dimension now.
Happy birthday to your other half.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 06-20-2011 01:38 PM

great project Ken, you must be happy now it’s finished :)

-- -Thomas -

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#14 posted 06-20-2011 01:44 PM

Congratulations Ken – I am sure it sounds as great as it looks!


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#15 posted 06-20-2011 04:26 PM

Thank-you everyone for the kind words and support!
It means the world to me that people I respect have such positive comments on the outcome of this project. I thought it would never end and with some of the setbacks, I had to force myself that good enough was not what I was going for.

Some of my pictures have some weird shadows, but in real life it looks even better. We have all experienced that though, I’m sure.

The natural edge I really like as well, the 8/4 top looks good instead of the 4/4 the plans suggested. Some of my friends that stop by for cold ones, thought it was too thick. Now that it is all together, they all agree it looks great and a thinner top would not have looked right.

The thing I really like is the glass top, ( thx Storemore ) For me it just adds that pop or wow factor I was trying to achieve. I like raised panels as well and the side I chose to do two to break it up some. One, just did not look right.

Hope everyone had a great father’s day. Thank-you once again!
Blondie says thx for all the b-Day wishes as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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