Episode #26: Entertainment Center – Part 1

I’m currently building an entertainment center for our family room. Building a piece like this can seem like a daunting task. Doing it with only hand tools may seem down right nuts. However, as with any large case piece, the solution is to break the piece down into smaller, mini projects. By approaching the build as several, smaller, independent components rather than one large piece, the task becomes much more manageable. So instead of building one large entertainment center, I’m building 6 smaller cabinets, a base, and a crown. When looked at in this way, the job doesn’t seem so big. I’m starting with the base.



4 thoughts on “Episode #26: Entertainment Center – Part 1

  1. Lots of great tips in there. Why’d you use an outcannel instead of an incannel gouge for the, what would you call it, the “return” on the bead as it continued under the cabinet?

    • Jay,
      The outcannel gouge I used was the best match for the curvature of the bead. Also, I have an easier time using out cannel gouges on convex surfaces. The incannel would essentially have to be used “bevel down” which would make the cut more of a scooping cut, with the danger of the gouge diggin in too deep. With the out cannel gouge in this case, I could make a flatter paring cut, which I felt gave me more control. Also, since the gouge was about the same curvature as the bead, I could use it’s shape to transfer the shape to the carving.

  2. Hi Bob,

    Just as short note to say I enjoyed the podcast. Nice tip re the miter cleanup. How’s the new workbench working for you? Any regrets? Thanks for a great site!

    • Hi Jeremy,
      Thanks for the feedback! New workbench is fantastic. I wouldn’t change a thing at this point. My only regret is not making it sooner. I really like the lower height for planing, and if I sit on my saw bench, it’s a great height for detail work as well. I have a theory about this that I want to spend a little more time thinking about and testing. But it may explain why benches might have traditionally been as low as they were.

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