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    Thanks for the comments on the wood stuff. I have made a few things over the years, mostly out of necessity and an unwillingness to pay money for junk in stores. As you can see, I never really thought about style, or anything like that. I have never had a set of plans for anything I have built. I just go well I need this and it should be about this high by this wide and look like this.

    Funny you should mention that dresser. The dresser you commented on I built in my garage about 10 years ago...4/4 walnut and 4/4 cedar drawer bottoms. It looks rough now, I have literally beat that thing to death. The lacquer finish I put on it has fogged over the years and there are a lot of scratches in the finish. It looked totally different when I first fished it. No Plans. I am going to re-finish it soon and was actually going to ask you what type of finish you thought may look good on it.
    So have you decided on a next project?
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    Hey Ben, I am still trying to figure out how this site works. I uploaded some pics of a little coffee table I made for my girlfriend today. Take a look. I also posted in the new projects forum.... Have a good one.
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    Hey Ben, yeah, I know what you mean about building something different. Although if you are in it to sell, someone who sees the set will more likely take it.

    Me, Woodworking's coming along slow. I put it down for a few years and just now getting back to it. Had a wreck and broke my back in December and started back to occupy my time. Cant get around real well.
    I do mostly furniture, tables, cabinets.etc.. I like the Shaker, but everything I make seems to end up having some kind of "Modern" aspect to it. Dont know why, Im not real fond of the modern stuff. Hope to have my girlfriends Vday coffee table done this weekend, once again, modern looking but thats what she wanted. Will take a few shots of it and some of the other kindling I have kept around.
  4. Hey Bill, Thanks man. I'm actually going to start work on a couple of night tables/end tables this week. I haven't completely decided, but I'm leaning toward doing them in the Shakashima style. I really want to build something different, but then again, it makes sense to get a collection together. We'll see.

    How's your woodworking coming? What type of woodwork do you do? Any pictures?

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    hey Ben, saw your unveiling post on the Shak. table. I had a feeling it would be a big hit. Congrats on the sale (s). Do you have any plans to do any bedroom furniture in this style? I have been looking at this and think you could quickly sell some end tables and coffee tables, or whatever else you produced. Its a great design. Great work
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My Shakashima Media Cabinet Conclusion Part 2

by Ben Arnott on 01-28-2011 at 9:33 AM
Before fastening on the top, I applied finish to everything - the cabinet, the shelves and the top. I rubbed on two coats of shellac, sanding with 220 grit lightly between each coat. Then I applied an oil/ urethane by hand, sanding with 220 between each coat. After the second coat of oil/urethane, I attached the top and applied the third coat. Once dry, I buffed the finish out with 0000 steel wool, installed the door knobs and hung the adjustable shelves.

Here's the finished project.

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Updated 01-28-2011 at 1:23 PM by Ben Arnott


My Shakashima Media Cabinet Conclusion Part 1

by Ben Arnott on 01-28-2011 at 9:16 AM
Well, I was on the home stretch. I had the two doors to make, the shelves for the three bays, the top and finish left to do.

I wanted inset doors with book matched straight panels to match the sides and to give the piece its Shaker inspiration. I followed the same preparation and construction practices as the sides, trying to be conscious of the grain pattern in the Cherry and Maple. After gluing up the doors, I cut the stiles to length and fit the doors by shimming them until I got

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Updated 01-28-2011 at 9:56 AM by Ben Arnott


My Shakashima Media Cabinet Part 7

by Ben Arnott on 01-24-2011 at 4:10 PM

The two back panels and the two interior panels were made of sugar maple. The two back panels were made of 2 boards glued on edge and joined with biscuits. The two interior panels were made 3 boards glued on edge and joined with biscuits. The interior panels would separate the three bays. After the panels were glued up, I hand planed them across grain to flatten the boards out. Once flat, I planed with the grain to smooth

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Updated 01-24-2011 at 4:22 PM by Ben Arnott


My Shakashima Media Cabinet Part 6

by Ben Arnott on 01-21-2011 at 8:47 AM
Once I had the legs, top rails and bottom rails dry fitted, I began working on the panels. There are, all told, ten panels on this piece. Six of them I bookmatched in Curly Maple. This was my first experience with bookmatching, and I'll share what I learned.

First off, its a wicked good time! The process of essentially cutting a board open and discovering what the grain looks like is thrilling. I chose Curly Maple for my bookmatched panels. My panels needed to be roughly 7 in by 19

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My Shakashima Media Cabinet Part 5

by Ben Arnott on 01-18-2011 at 9:48 PM
As I continued to scratch my head over how to cut the cove on the top rails, I remembered reading about cutting coves on the table saw in Wood Magazine, by running material across the blade at an angle. The challenge then turned to essentially cutting a half cove. Because I wanted the base of the top rail to sit flush with the inset door fronts and the top rail to "cove outward" similarly to the profile of the leg flare, I had to come up with a way to support the base of the rail while

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