Carpathian Elm and Myrtle Burl Entertainment Center

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Project by Barry Crowe posted 12-07-2013 04:23 AM 1809 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the finished Myrtle and Carpathian Burl entertainment center. It’s primarily the customer’s design with a hint of Greene and Greene in the piece. The burls are 1” thick slabs strategically placed within Myrtle stock for structural stability (intermediate shelf). However, the top is one complete slab of Myrtle burl which the flat screen TV will sit upon. This is a very expensive piece of furniture, utilizing approximately $3000 worth of exotic burls. The drawer fronts are the same burls (Carpathian elm) that are used on the dashes of Rolls Royce and Jaguar cars. The drawers have a push to open feature and therefore lack drawer pulls. The rounded compound uprights that sit upon the carcase are native Manitoba Burr Oak, chosen for strength, stability and near perfect match and contrast (an intentional conflict, of sorts, I suppose!) for natural colour. The rounded legs below the carcase are the same Burr Oak, but are just a single piece, considerably shorter and wider, but utilize the same radii as the bigger compound pieces above. I think it is a simple design that lets the natural beauty of the wood speak for itself without any extraneous design elements. The entire piece is put together with over sized holes and flat head screws with washers to allow for wood movement. Both the intermediate top and the top Myrtle burl are located with dowels, rather than fastening with nails or screws. The best components were used for assembly like full extension drawer slides, commercial 15 lbs. drawer kickers to overpower the rather stiff drawer slides. The drawers are made from solid maple (glued and screwed), except for the drawer bottoms, which were 3/8” MDF. The glass component shelves are 10mm thick tempered glass that have been edge polished and rounded (eased) that are located with pegs that are set in steel inserts for adjustability. The finish is numerous coats of brushed polyurethane that has been wet sanded and then waxed to remove any brush marks. There was no stain used other than the artist pigments that were used to camouflage the odd void in the burls. Better pictures will be posted later, as usual, I forgot to take some photos before delivery. My charge for this was $1300. The customer supplied the wood and threw in some other wood pieces as partial payment as well. Thanks for looking.

-- Supercrowe

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#1 posted 12-07-2013 04:28 AM

Really awesome work. Beautiful wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-07-2013 04:38 AM

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#3 posted 12-07-2013 04:46 AM

Very attractive build—love that Carpathian burl!

-- 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 12-07-2013 04:51 AM

Thanks for the comments. Makes me feel like I am on the correct life path. It has just taken some time to find it and my mojo. Thanks again.

Cheers, warmest regards and sincerely,

-- Supercrowe

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#5 posted 12-07-2013 05:22 AM

Totally awesome looking piece! Absolutely love the wood!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 12-07-2013 02:25 PM

looks great

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 02:43 AM

Love the finish!

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