Entertainment Center Finish

I finally got around to applying the finish to the entertainment center doors. I took a finishing sequence from an old Fine Woodworking article on finishing walnut by Jeff Jewitt. While it is a bit involved, I think it served to even out the different colors of the different walnut boards quite nicely. I still need to build the upper bookshelf units, but at least the lower sections are now 100% complete.

A coat of a golden brown dye helps to warm the cool tones of the walnut and even out the color between boards.
A coat of a golden brown dye helps to warm the cool tones of the walnut and even out the color between boards.
The dye gives the wood a warm amber tone.
The dye gives the wood a warm amber tone.
The dye is very dark and a bit alarming when it's first applied.
The dye is very dark and a bit alarming when it’s first applied.
But the color lightens nicely when the water evaporates.
But the color lightens nicely when the water evaporates.
Two coats of dewaxed garnet shellac seal in the dye.
Two coats of dewaxed garnet shellac seal in the dye.
I sanded lightly with P400 between coats.
I sanded lightly with P400 between coats.
Then it's time for a glaze made up of equal parts gel varnish and linseed oil with artist oil colors added to give the desired color.
Then it’s time for a glaze made up of equal parts gel varnish and linseed oil with artist oil colors added to give the desired color.
The glaze is applied quickly and heavily to cover the entire front of the door (I didn't glaze the inside).
The glaze is applied quickly and heavily to cover the entire front of the door (I didn’t glaze the inside).
The thick coat of glaze is allowed to sit for a few minutes.
The thick coat of glaze is allowed to sit for a few minutes.
After about 10 minutes, the glazed is wiped off, allowing some buildup in corners and crevices to remain.
After about 10 minutes, the glazed is wiped off, allowing some buildup in corners and crevices to remain.
After the glaze dries for a day or two, a clear satin varnish top coat seals everything in.
After the glaze dries for a day or two, a clear satin varnish top coat seals everything in.
After the clear coat was dry I reattached the doors to the cases for the final time.
After the clear coat was dry I reattached the doors to the cases for the final time.

Episode #49: Chopping a Mortise

While I have demonstrated the process I use for chopping a mortise before in previous videos (e.g. porringer tea table, workbench, entertainment center doors), I’ve never actually just done an episode on the mortising process. So it hasn’t been easy for folks looking for this information to find it here, because it’s burried in other videos. A recent request from the editors over at Popular Woodworking Magazine provided me with the opportunity to remedy this situation. They were looking for a video on chopping a mortise for an online extra for the article that I have coming out in the June 2013 issue. So seeing as I had to chop some mortises recently anyway, I put this together.


 

Episode #48: Entertainment Center Doors – Part 2

On today’s show I finish up the work on the frame and panel doors for the entertainment center. These doors are lipped, meaning they are partially inset and partially overlay, and they also have a molding planed on the inside and outside edges of the rails and stiles. The solid wood panel in the outer doors is bookmatched, fielded and raised. The center doors have glass panels. In Part 2, I’ll discuss how the fielded and raised panel is made, and complete the lip and outer molding on the assembled door.


 

Episode #46: Entertainment Center Doors – Part 1

On today’s show I start working on the frame and panel doors for the entertainment center. These doors are lipped, meaning they are partially inset and partially overlay, and they also have a molding planed on the inside and outside edges of the rails and stiles. The solid wood panel in the outer doors is bookmatched, fielded and raised. The center doors have glass panels. In Part 1, I’ll discuss how the frames go together before the panel is added.


 

What I’ve Been Working On

Sorry for the lack of content recently here on the blog and podcast. Besides the fact that soccer and gymnastics seasons have started for my girls, for the last couple of weeks I’ve pretty much put aside everything else that was going on in the shop to finish working on this piece. I have a deadline to meet for this one or else Megan Fitzpatrick will be knocking on my door, which isn’t a bad thing in itself, but I don’t want to make Megan angry. Megan likes me right now and I’d like to keep it that way :).

Chimney Cupboard

More will be coming in the very near future. I’ll be posting updates & podcasts on the entertainment center (doors, finally!), the dressing table (more carving on the feet), the joyned stool (scratching moldings & turning on the pole lathe), and I’ll be starting a few other new projects as well (because three ongoing, unfinished projects just isn’t enough for me to keep track of). Just a few more minor details to take care of on this cupboard first.

Episode #37: Entertainment Center Molding

Making moldings has to be one of my favorite parts of a project. You get to express your creativity and take a plain old boring box and turn it into a piece of furniture. This case is getting a simple waist molding that serves to draw the eye upwards from the floor and transition from the lower cases to the upper (once I get to building the upper cases). It also covers up the exposed joinery and helps to blend the three lower cases together and make them feel more like one large unit instead of three separate ones.