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Project by SimonSKL posted 08-21-2009 11:08 PM 3200 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this entertainment center for my son and daughter-in-law as a house warming gift after they bought their first new home. They have a wall that is 14 ft wide with a 9 ft ceiling in the family room. This entertainment center is about 9 ft wide and 7 ft tall and fits well against such an empty wall. There are 4 components: two vertical side units, a center base unit and center top unit. It is made of Oak and Oak plywood. There are recessed cabinet lights at the top of each unit.

To deliver this to my son who lives 60 miles away, I have to rent a 6×12 U-Haul covered trailer. The entertainment center completely filled both the trailer and the bed of my pickup truck. This is one of the biggest projects that I attempted. Total cost of wood and material at about $800.

Thanks for looking.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 08-21-2009 11:12 PM

Great job! What a nice gift for the first home. I’m sure they appreciate it immensely.

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#2 posted 08-21-2009 11:15 PM

Simon, this is a gorgeous piece that anyone would be proud to have in their home. It has a nice design to it and I like the modularity that you added to the construction. That makes it easier to install and take apart and move if necessary. It seems that, with young people at least, they tend to move a lot so being modular will be a big help if they decide to move into another home.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 12:33 AM

Nice piece..Never would have guessed oak. The color threw me. Your son should be proud.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#4 posted 08-22-2009 02:02 AM

looks beautiful,nice job.

-- Simon, Illinois

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#5 posted 08-22-2009 02:59 AM

Hey Simon very nice work looks cool


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#6 posted 08-22-2009 04:49 AM

Nice looking unit. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 08-22-2009 10:21 AM

Wow that thing is bigger than my shop. The recessed lights are a nice touch Looks great! Can I ask how many months did you spend on it?

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#8 posted 08-22-2009 03:41 PM

Thanks everyone for the compliment!

Slowcutter, it took me about six weeks from start to finish. I spent almost a week just on finish with 3 coats of Minwax water based stain.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#9 posted 08-24-2009 07:10 PM

Very Nice!!! That crown mold really stands out.
Good story and a well executed project.

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