Alyssa's "entertainment center"

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Project by bilsborough posted 04-14-2008 03:00 PM 1751 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet was my girlfriends christmas gift. Not a traditional entertainment center it is large enough for a television on top, a couple of components on the shelf, and two cupboards to hide stuff away. 40Lx20Wx30H.
The design started with the idea for the tapered overhang, doodling lead to the door design, the rest fell into place. It is built of hard maple, with culy maple and bloodwood accents. Also some ebony for the door handles. The curly maple doesn’t show up in the pictures very well, I’m a better woodworker than photographer. I would have preferred to go natural with the finish but Alyssa wanted something dark and the black works well with the red. I used a water based dye to get the black. It was the first time using water based dye so there was a lot of experimenting and some scraping and refinishing to get it right but it worked out in the end. I used semi gloss poly as a top coat.

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 03:30 PM

Nice design. I can appreciate the work with the black dye. I think it’s the hardest to get right.

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 03:33 PM

This is a nice project. I have never worked with black dye either but understand the difficulty with getting it right, as your have done here. It is hard to photograph as well I am sure.

Thanks for the project.

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 03:45 PM


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#4 posted 04-14-2008 04:16 PM

I weep to see curly maple dyed black, but I do understand. You gotta do what you gotta do. And it is very beautiful. You did a great job, and the colors go great together. Could’nt you use poplar. LOL, just kidding. mikie

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#5 posted 04-22-2009 06:53 AM

Excellent contrast love it

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