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Blog entry by GrandpaAndrew posted 01-29-2013 06:09 AM 2337 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While it’s still a bit too cold to be in the shop I decided to spend some time drawing up some plans. Recently I bought one of those fancy new LCD TVs with internet everything in it. Now I need a bigger piece of furniture to put it on. Here’s a couple of shots of the SketchUp drafts I’ve started. Big TV on top, equipment in the center, lower outside corner space for my wife’s vinyl records. Drawers upper corners for DVDs, CDs, all that old stuff.

Most of the wood in my living room is red oak so I am thinking of making this out of red oak ply with a solid wood face frame. Okay, not fine furniture but it will work in the space. More importantly I’ve got a chance of actually making something like this in a weekend.

I still need to bit of refinement on the details. So far I am happy to report that the plan has received preliminary approval from my wife.

Here’s a couple of quick shots of the plan so far.

-- I'll be in the shop -

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 01:31 AM

Well Grandpa Andy, let me be the first to make some suggestions that you may wish to consider:
1. I see that you have what looks to be a 1 1/2” face frame around the perimeter. You may wish to extend it into the interior of the face to hide any panel edge grain while at the same time ….....
2. Consider adding frame and panel doors to cover stacks of vinyl,
3. If you are going to stack electronic components into the open bays, provide for circulation. If you enclose the back of said component bays, think about providing exhaust holes and fans (about the size of computer fans should work, and
4) Cut some holes between the bays to pass cabling/coax through.

Well, there are some thoughts. I made something similar couple of years ago to accommodate the wife’s flatscreen. Here’s what I came up with. Construction is simple oak faced ply and 3/4” red oak board from the big orange box store. The face frame is simply pocket screwed on the inside face

Excuse the forest green color of the door insides, the accent color used to be green. Have fun this spring when the weather warms up a bit. Look forward to your project post when done.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 03:07 AM

Greg – great looking unit you’ve got there. Thanks for the suggestions. I was planning on keep the back on the center section open. My picture doesn’t show the edging very well but the shelves and center uprights will get some solid wood framing. Just now realized I didn’t set the width right on those frame bits in my drawing – time for a revision.

I like the idea of doing doors but so far my wife likes the open look on the vinyl bays.

I hoping in a couple of weeks I’ll have a warm dry afternoon to get the lumber and start the cutting.

I’ll post some pictures when I get some real work done on it.

-- I'll be in the shop -

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