Red Oak Entertainment Center

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Project by MadeinMT posted 08-11-2012 08:48 PM 2227 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Entertainment center made as a gift for friends of my daughter. I’m pretty happy with it although there are plenty of mistakes. I still think of myself as a novice and have a long way to go. Slowly but surely accumulating the right tools, techniques and skills. In particular I need to be more patient when i get to the finishing stage. This was my first effort at raised panel doors – I made several prototypes out of pine before moving ahead with the oak. The panels in the sides are 1/4” oak plywood, the top and interior shelves are 3/4” oak plywood with oak banding. The back is beaded pine/fir 1/4” plywood. Everything else was made from 4/4 oak. The finish is Minwax Old English Chestnut with several coats of satin polyurethane.

-- Ron, Montana

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 02:04 AM

Wow that turned out great for first time raised panels. I see you made it extra hard on yourself by fitting the doors inside the cabinet, no torerance for error on the rail dimensions. I am impressed.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 02:06 AM

Wow, how did this one ‘fall through the cracks?’ That’s a beautiful piece of furniture, and your construction and finishing is wonderful. I’ll bet the recipient was Very happy. I like that a lot.


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#3 posted 08-18-2012 01:51 PM

Thanks for the comments. You’ll notice I did not provide a closeup so you could see how those door tolerances really turned out! I really prefer the look of doors inside thenface frame.

-- Ron, Montana

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 01:53 PM

Great looking….........mum is the word on the mistakes, we aaaaalllllllll make plenty of them!.........;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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