Entertainment armoire

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Project by Andrew posted 09-13-2009 05:53 PM 1752 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this project 2 years ago but wanted to put it out there, I am new to LJ ( a month or so) and wanted to catch up to people.
This was a tough one guys, A lot of moving parts. This is made almost entirely of 3/4 ” oak plywood. Anyway what it is is two cabinets siting on top of one another with a lazy susan between them. The top cabinet has hiding place under the lid about 2 1/2 inches deep, great for games. unfortunateley I need to raise my ceiling 1 1/2 inches for the lid stay to engage ( live and learn) Also shortly after installing everything the TV died so I needed to replace it with one exactly the same dimension as the one purchase in the early 80s ( live and learn). The bottom cabinet has two sets of pull out shelves, one set for nick nacks ( dust collectors) or useful during a buffet type party. The other shelves, have doors on the sides, they support the satellite speakers that go to the enteratainment system. The doors slide right in to the cut outs on the sides and are barely visible when closed. The inside has a shelf for the center speaker, a hidden cubby for the subwoofer, the dvd player 2 little cubbies for remotes, and storage for 40 or so DVD’s. The legs are carved using a dremel and a sanding drum ( I call it my Sanding Drummel). Everything matches My dining room and it sits next to the China Cabinet listed in my projects.
The TV cabinet turns to face either the love seat in dining room or the Kitchen. That was another challenge though. Running cables to theTV though the two cabinets but so the top box could still swivel, then actually running the cables though the 2 sets of holes.

Things I Learned
1. Panel doors are not THAT hard.
2. Sometimes you can overdesign things
3. This was my first project using a tablesaw, (craftsman contractor) You just don’t know what a difference tools make until you have them, or no longer have them.
4. 90 degrees is not a myth
5. it is nice to be able to watch the same tv in different rooms depending on what is going on
6. Not every idea needs to be put into 1 peice of furniture
7. My Wife loves it, and uses it everyday.
8. When doing something like this always get longer cables than you think you need.
9. When dealing with tech stuff, always leave room for the next generation of things.
( don’t spend 2 weeks and $400 in lumber to house a 30 year old TV)

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#1 posted 09-13-2009 07:39 PM

Hey Andrew
Very nice armoire and well made points.


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#2 posted 09-13-2009 08:07 PM

looks great and the most important “wife loves it” and hopefully ya had fun.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 09:44 PM

Very nice armoire, Andrew.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 02:22 AM

Great looking piece and some well learned lessons!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 04:58 PM

how did you achieve the color?

-- RKWoods

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#6 posted 09-14-2009 05:15 PM

Nice, I really like the ability to hide the seakers.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 09-15-2009 03:36 AM

Oh yeah, the finish,
I believe I mixed minwax stains, the red oak and the red mohagony about even then a splash of dark walnut. All finished with my nemisis Gloss poly, Seems like every project I do is finished in the dead of Minnesota winter. I play in my unheated mancave, and move the wifes minivan into the driveway. I do have 2 little electric heaters that look like oscillating fans, as long as I have them 2 feet under and away from the project things are usually at least 50 degrees, but most projects have 4 sides. Really slow drying for an impatient dude like me, I usually rush something. At least I know the problem.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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