Entertainment Cabinet

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Project by JayG46 posted 07-17-2013 03:10 AM 2368 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece that I built for a friend in exchange for an entry fee into a golf tournament. It’s a replacement for a an old TV stand and they wanted it to have some of the same features, such as shelves that pulled out, doors on the front and casters on the bottom since they tend to move it around a lot. I also came up with the idea to make the second shelf a DVD rack by dadoing 1/2” notches in some small pieces of wood and leaving another 1/2” in between each notch.

The construction is almost all solid wood with the exception of a 3/4” plywood back. The top, trim and doors are made of walnut while the sides and shelves/bottom are made of hard and soft maple respectively. The inlay on the top is marblewood and the pieces that hold the DVDs are made out a wood I bought as “louro tamarquare” from Case Wodworking in Savannah, Georgia for $2 a bf. The maple and walnut came from a small craft lumber supplier near Lake George, NY, where the piece was built. It’s finished in a water white conversion varnish.

One regret I have is not trying to pop the curl in the maple on the sides a bit more. The pieces had some decent figure to them but it is masked considerably by the conversion varnish. Part of it was impatience because I didn’t want to wait for an online order to be shipped and I didn’t know were it get wood dye locally. Some shellac would have probably helped too, but I’ve never applied it under conversion varnish and didn’t want to take a chance. As always, another project, another learning experience.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 03:56 AM

Great looking entertainment cabinet. Good contrast of wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 09:01 AM

Nice job I’m sure they like it. drive for show, Putt for dough…

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

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 10:21 AM

Both beautiful in design and functional as well. Excellent job!

-- John, Illinois,

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#4 posted 07-17-2013 10:38 AM

Very nice cabinet…wood grain on the top is beautiful….great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 12:11 AM

Thanks for the comments, guys.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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