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    I am sure some of you remember the DIY audio rack I made from zebrawood and ambrosia/spalted maple.
    If you don't pics are below:








    Recently, my wife and I finally received our custom made Amish furniture for our bedroom. A very simple, almost mission style in natural finish cherry. I love the way that cherry ages and the platform bed, bookcase headboard, book shelf, nightstand and 7 drawer chest that we purchased are heirloom quality pieces. We spent a LOT on it but we also know it will be the last set of bedroom furniture we need to buy.

    That being said, my now 16 yo daughter moved in with us back in August. It caused the loss of my office/2 channel room. So I moved the rack and gear into our bedroom. The more we looked at it, the more we were convinced that I needed to make a matching rack for the bedroom furniture and utilize the zebrawood/ambrosia maple one in the living room with the HT gear as it matched/contrasted better with the dark wood furniture and maple flooring there.

    This weekend I picked up the materials to build a similar (slightly improved design) cherry one for the bedroom.
    The design differences are mainly in the size of the rack. It is going to be 2 inches deeper, 2 inches wider and 1 inch taller than the current design. I am also using 2.25"x2.25" legs instead of 1.5"x1.5" and the shelves are 6/4 vs 5/4 on the other one.
    Overall, the rack will be more solid and will be finished with a simple clear sealer and a semi gloss poly to match the bedroom set.

    So far, the progress has been:
    1. thickness planed and cut the shelves to width
    2. biscuit joined, glued and clamped the shelves (really hard to find cherry boards in 18" widths hehe)
    3. once the glue dried, belt sanded/assembly sanded the shelves
    4. cut legs from a chunk of 10/4 cherry board
    5. thickness planed and assembly sanded the legs
    6. made 7 cutting boards from the remaining scrap cherry along with scrap birdseye and tiger maple and walnut heartwood scraps...I always end up making 4 to 8 cutting boards from scrap stock I have laying around...I also made my first end grain butcher block this weekend. Going to reserve judgement on the success or failure until I get it planed and sanded. But it looks good so far.

    I haven't taken any pictures yet but will be shooting some maybe tonight when I go to the shop and thickness plane the cutting boards.

    I really wish I could make a living doing this stuff. I love computers but working with pre-fabbed parts just feels colder than taking a block of wood, working with your hands and tools and ending up with some functional piece of furniture or decoration.
    One of the primary requirements of house when we build will be enough room to build a shop out back. A small out building that is heated/cooled with a workshop and office area for me to do woodworking and to store/fiddle with my motorcycles.

    More updates to come...
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    So what your saying is once you build your house... you going to build me an entertainment rack in your new shop right .

    Look forward to the pics of your build progress. The FB pics of the building blocks looks like its gonna be a keeper.....

    Also why not just have the Amish build you a custom one
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    Nice work should you start a shop as a side income, I would be driving west from the Quad Cities to Des Moines to pick up a custom made entertainment center.

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    I wouldn't mind it. Trying to find a picture of a wall unit I built...


    I can build virtually anything from wood...I just suck and finishing hehe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZLTFUL View Post
    I can build virtually anything from wood...
    That phrase kinda sets you up man ......

    I built a baby with mine .....
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    and now you know the rest of the story..........

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    Beautiful grain on that wood!

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    Very nice work... I love the DIY projects...
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    That phrase kinda sets you up man ......

    I built a baby with mine .....
    Me too.. LOL!!
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    I'm curious as to what the turntable is in the pic? kenwood? also, that is a beautiful project.
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    Very nice. Do you take orders?
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    I really like. I might have to start planning to build some.
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    NICE WORK!!! Now I'm inspired to build better racks. These are beautiful.
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    Nice work! I'm betting the pictures don't do them justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4xoddic View Post
    Nice work! I'm betting the pictures don't do them justice.
    I'd have to agree here, gorgeous.
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    Nice work, love the two tone finish. Looks solid as a rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laotzu61 View Post
    I'm curious as to what the turntable is in the pic? kenwood? also, that is a beautiful project.
    It is indeed.
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    Thanks for the kind words guys.
    Some day I would love to do nothing but woodworking for a living...unfortunately, IT work pays the bills better. Hehe.

    I didn't do anything on the cherry rack last night as I wanted to finish up the 7 cutting boards I made. I will most likely work on it either late on Christmas day or sometime Thursday/Friday.
    I did discover that my dado blade is in need of sharpening (use it to notch the legs for the shelves). But will most likely get my buddy who owns the shop to spring for a new one since they have been using mine. Hehe.
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    Inspired by your build to make my own rack! Can you buy that type of would at Home Depot or is that a special order type of thing?

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    A friend sourced some spalted sycamore from http://www.kansashardwoods.com about 40 mi from here. He had a finish carpenter install it as trim & paneling for a room remodel; then finished it himself. The carpenter charges $100/hr. Being a wildlife biologist, he can point out a bald eagle in the spalting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by audiocr381ve View Post
    Inspired by your build to make my own rack! Can you buy that type of would at Home Depot or is that a special order type of thing?
    Most exotic hardwoods aren't readily available at your average home improvement store. We have a couple of local specialty hardwood suppliers, Liberty Hardwoods and The Woodsmith Store.
    You can get cherry, oak, maple and sometimes walnut at most of the big box home improvement stores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZLTFUL View Post
    Most exotic hardwoods aren't readily available at your average home improvement store.
    They are available at your average street corner in the bad part of town however
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZLTFUL View Post
    I wouldn't mind it. Trying to find a picture of a wall unit I built...
    I can build virtually anything from wood...I just suck and finishing hehe.
    Wow, I wish you were closer. I would pay to have you help me with a coupe of projects I want to build next year. A Salamander Synergy inspired A/V rack: http://images2.static-bluray.com/htgallery/53866.jpg

    and some new speakers: http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...=1#post1998111

    The rack I think I can pull off....but trying to pull off a curved speaker built is going to be a major challenge. Still not sure If I want to go at it alone. May have to use a wood worker?
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    I am sure you could find a local woodworking shop willing to help you out for a price.

    I plan to eventually do the same as my uncle's in WI are carperters. Just need the time to get up there w plans so we can build the rack.

    I also want their help on a sonotube build or two I want to do.
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    You would be surprised at how easy it is to build a router jig to do curved cabinets.
    I will look up a couple of how tos when I get home.
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    Yes, that is what this guy did....built some jigs. His router work was outstanding!...and that wood is, as my wife would say....So Pretty!
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    I think I might have to try and figure this one out. Would be a shame to build a these with a basic enclosure.
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    Some folks have the talent, skill, and discipline to execute this kind of beautiful work!

    Some of us, like me, have only the ability to stand by and admire it!

    Well done, ZLTFUL!
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    Forgot to post up progress pictures of the new rack...

    Picking up the raw materials...



    (The wife really wants a Guanacaste live edge slab dining table after seeing this behemoth..future project maybe...but I digress.)


    I had to biscuit join the shelves as there aren't many 17 inch wide cherry boards to be found too often.


    Dadoed and drilled the legs...


    Glued, screwed, pegged and sanded...just need to finish sand, install the feet/isolation cones and then I am ready to finish sand and finish...


    I also ended up with 7 more cutting boards from scrap hardwood...

    Last of the batch ready to be shipped...there were 2 smaller walnut and cherry "bar" boards that went to local friends.


    The batch I did when I made the zebrawood rack...
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    Wow... I'm speechless. I don't have the tools or the skills to pull something like that off. Well done!

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    Racks are done except for the isolation cones. They should show up this week but the holes are already drilled for the mounts. They match the color/finish of the bedroom set perfectly. Of course now my wife wants me to build a cherry bookcase for the bedroom (we currently have a mission style oak bookcase in there) to match.

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    Blah, they look like crap.... stick with making cutting boards ....
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