Arts and Crafts Entertainment Center / Sideboard

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 04-03-2013 07:30 AM 9286 views 39 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my arts and crafts entertainment center, which is reminiscent of a Stickley sideboard. The design of the central splat detail gives a nod to Kevin Rodel. The backsplash features my “Wedge and Strap” detail, which is designed to look like a wedge driven laterally to tighten a leather strap. The detail is in fact a walnut inlay set into a shallow dado. The unit is built with QSRO. The door panels and side panels are solid 1/2” stock. Drawers feature 14 degree dovetails and details can be found here… Corbels let into grooves in the legs, through tenons, and hammered hardware complete the look.
Construction details can be found on my blog here…

And if you are planning to build a desser, take a look at my matching 6 drawer dresser blog here…

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 07:56 AM

Looks great. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 08:32 AM

Great build and design. I like that you kept the details subtle as it doesn’t take away from the arts and craft look. I also like the hint of G&G in this. Big fan of the Greene brothers. The walnut is a nice touch and not over done and dove tails well that makes me not like you much they’re so good! LOL

Great work a real beauty!

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

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 12:44 PM

Very nicely done—great design and construction, with beautiful detail.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 03:17 PM

This is a beautiful piece of furniture.

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 03:55 PM

Very nice. I added it to my favorites…...not so much that I plan on building it but more just to look at from time to time just because it is beautiful.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 03:58 PM

Nice job, Willie. Since entertainment centers weren’t needed in Stickley’s day, we have to get a little creative with the designs from the era. This will definitely work. Are you setting a big screen on top or hanging it on the wall above it?

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 04:07 PM

Thanks Tim,
It has a flatscreen TV sitting on top. The components tuck into the openings near the top.
One nice thing is the top of the entertainment center has a 1” overhang towards the back, so it can sit up against the wall. The cords from the TV fall behind the backsplash, so they are invisible from the front.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 04:37 PM

That’s a great looking project. The construction is very well excecuted. Spotless and outstanding work! The finish helped
to exhibit the beauty of the wood.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 05:20 PM

An absolutely stunning piece. It’s a work of art and clearly, you have the vision and talent to pull it off. I am just crazy about the Arts and Crafts style and would give my left arm to having something like this in my family.

Wonderfully done.

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 05:47 PM

Nailed it. Good job buddy. I’m totally gonna rip off some of your design elements one of these days;-)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#11 posted 04-03-2013 06:52 PM

I like this design a lot. You did a great job. I have saved to my favorites. One of these days I want to build this and get rid of the cheap one I have now.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#12 posted 04-03-2013 06:57 PM

Fantastic! Man I’m really starting to like quartersawn oak. Looks great and very inspiring.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#13 posted 04-03-2013 09:31 PM

WOW! Instant heirloom!

This is a great piece of furniture!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 04-03-2013 10:06 PM

Looks great! I really like the color. I am making a entertainment cabinet out of qsro at the present time. What did you use to get the color?

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#15 posted 04-03-2013 10:14 PM

I use Rodda oil based stain #19, thinned one part mineral spirits to 3 parts stain.
The topcoat is sprayed lacquer. Then I wax with Howard’s Walnut wax and #0000 steel wool, however the wax adds no color.
Good luck!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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