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Eric Bong
09-06-2010, 2:48 PM
I started this a long time ago, and have finally finished the last piece. It's made from quatersawn red oak and finished with waterbase poly. I learned a lot along the way:

Inset doors are not as hard as I thought.
Wood stain can go bad.
Being in a hurry will take longer because you have to schedule a trip to the ER for stitches.


Phase one

Almost Done


Thanks for the advise and inspiration.

Thomas Bank
09-06-2010, 2:54 PM
I learned a lot along the way:

Being in a hurry will take longer because you have to schedule a trip to the ER for stitches.

Thanks for the advise and inspiration.

Next lesson - using superglue on small lacerations and learning to give yourself sutures on the larger ones saves the time, trouble, and aggravation of going to the ER...


Thomas - I'm not a doctor but I play one on myself - Bank...

Looks great, by the way!

brian jodon
09-06-2010, 3:32 PM
this is very beautiful to me

Andrew Gibson
09-06-2010, 5:37 PM
Looks great!
One question, where did the fire place go?

Eric Bong
09-06-2010, 6:13 PM
Well..... The fire place is still there behind the cabinet (the gas was capped and disconnected). Both the mantle and hearth are gone. I built the cabinet modularly so that the future owner can take out the bottom two center sections and have a fireplace if they want. The entire center section sits away from the wall so that the heat from the electronics can travel up. There are slots cut in the bottom of the electronics cabinets that let air in from a closet in the basement.


Thanks for the compliments.

Unfortunately Thomas, the laceration wasn't small. I caught my hand with a Forstner bit in a hand drill (stupid).

John A. Callaway
09-06-2010, 6:18 PM
that looks real nice. very professional.

Van Huskey
09-06-2010, 7:00 PM
Very nicely done, love the design. I am curious about the wiring, why did you need more than power and HDMI?

gary Zimmel
09-06-2010, 10:39 PM
Well thought out and well executed..
Beautiful job Eric.

Thomas Bank
09-06-2010, 10:49 PM
Unfortunately Thomas, the laceration wasn't small. I caught my hand with a Forstner bit in a hand drill (stupid).

Sorry to hear. You should see some of the things I've stitched up on myself, though.

David Christopher
09-06-2010, 10:49 PM
WOW, that is beautiful

Gordon Eyre
09-06-2010, 11:43 PM
Very nice Eric, you can certainly be proud of this professional job.

Craig D Peltier
09-07-2010, 1:07 PM
Eric that came out very nice. Its clean looking. I have built lots of these types of projects and you did a great job with designing it.
Im suprised you found it easy for inset doors with those old school hinges that have very little adjustability.
That tree piece on left of TV looks great in that cubby.

Again very nice.

Curt Taylor
09-07-2010, 5:20 PM
Very nice Eric. Made a big change to that room. Did you remove the can lights because they were in the way?

Adam Slutsky
09-07-2010, 7:00 PM
I like your design. It is definitely a very nice addition to your home!

Jim Kirkpatrick
09-07-2010, 7:15 PM
Looks like it was designed and executed by a professional! Well done!! Very nice indeed.

John Thompson
09-07-2010, 7:24 PM
Looks great...

Dan ONeil
09-08-2010, 2:31 PM
Great job that looks amazing.

Charlie McGuire
09-08-2010, 5:32 PM
Looks good. I see you got that body cleaned off the floor too :D

Chris Padilla
09-08-2010, 8:19 PM
That is an outstanding job and very well appointed! Looks like a VERY comfortable room! :)

ben grossman
09-11-2010, 11:02 PM
What if you get a bigger TV? :eek:

That looks really, really nice!

Dave Shute
09-12-2010, 7:27 PM
I really like the mission oak design.The low luster finish looks very appropriate for this project. I would love to have this in my living room. Where did you end up getting the pulls?

Eric Bong
09-13-2010, 1:03 AM
Looks good. I see you got that body cleaned off the floor too :D

Took me a min to figure that out. The six year old is pretty stealthy. I didn't notice he made it into the picture until it was too late.

This was also the project that allowed me to justify a spray finishing system. I can't believe how much faster it was than brushing. It had to be 10x faster.

Thanks for everyone for all the nice compliments. This project really pushed my skills and knowledge.

Dave, I got the pulls off of ebay. I spent about a month looking for the right HW. These were reasonably priced. PM me if you would like more details. (I'm not sure what the rules are about posting links to ebay).

Pat Barry
09-15-2010, 11:58 PM
This is really nice work. I love the style.

Lee Schierer
09-16-2010, 10:22 AM
Very nice work. It looks great and appears to be functional as well. When do we all get invited over to watch the Big game???:D

Craig Thompson
10-14-2010, 1:55 AM
Beautiful work, I really like the blend of style. Nice Job

Dave MacArthur
10-14-2010, 2:07 AM
Saw this before, but forgot to comment. Really nice change to that room, and I very much like the BACK panels for some reason. Are the panels solid oak, or are they ply? The quartersawn red oak looks pretty much like rift-sawn without the flecks and rays of white oak, but it's a look that I very much like.

I've bookmarked your design for my wife to look at before I "finalize" my own built in ;)

Well done!

Jeffrey Makiel
10-16-2010, 11:55 PM
Well done. I like the clean design.
Jeff :)

Eric Bong
10-18-2010, 12:32 AM
Are the panels solid oak, or are they ply?

The backs of the cabinets are quarter inch plywood. I then applied 5/16" thick rails and stiles to the inside of the cabinet after they were installed. The bookshelves looked very large and plain without the dividers. That detail really made the cabinet for me.

Thanks again for the compliments. I'm in the process of adding lights underneath every shelf to more evenly illuminate the entire cabinet.

Craig Thompson
10-30-2010, 1:27 PM
Great looking piece, very pleasing layout, nice blend of style

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Doug Carpenter
10-31-2010, 9:56 AM

That is great. It really looks nice and the tv looks nice with the style.

The room looks 10 times bigger.

Mike Hollingsworth
10-31-2010, 12:18 PM
Those doors are HUGE. I made some cabinet doors almost that large and have to get out of the way for them to open.

I'm not that into Oak, but this seems very authentic in the Craftsmen Style. Congratulations for pulling it off. I have a new respect for QSWO.