No frills entertainment center

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Project by hasbeen99 posted 10-28-2009 07:13 PM 2528 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My cousin is in the process of moving, and needed an entertainment center for his new place. He had some 3/4” birch ply left over from another project, so he asked if I could help him build a simple entertainment center for a flat-panel tv, DVD, and stereo. I said, “Sure, why not?” The deal I made him was I build the unit, and he paints it.

It took about one and a half sheets of 3/4” birch plywood, a few lengths of 1×3/4 birch trim, a few lengths of 3/4” half round trim, and a 4×4 sheet of 1/8” hardboard. It’s simple dado construction—not fancy, but definitely strong enough to do the job. I borrowed an idea from Marc Spagnuolo’s low entertainment center and recessed the back 4” to mount a power strip and hide the cables and power cords. I edge banded the top with the birch trim and softened it with a 1/2” roundover bit. I did get to use my new T&G router bit combo for that, and it worked pretty well. The build portion took a couple of weekends, but I was taking my time, too. A more confident woodworker pressed for time could’ve knocked it out in one weekend, I’m sure.

The finish is plain old rattle can satin black, buffed with a little 0000 steel wool and a coat or two of paste wax. It could’ve been nicer, but he’s happy with it. :o)

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#1 posted 10-28-2009 07:15 PM

Great job this came out very well.

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#2 posted 10-28-2009 07:29 PM

Thanks, Jim. :o)

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#3 posted 10-28-2009 07:45 PM

Sometimes simple designs work best. Looks good and good job.

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 03:47 AM

Looks good, it will serve the purpose well.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 03:51 AM

Nice work!

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#6 posted 10-29-2009 04:17 AM

Looks great and would love to see some pictures when it’s set up with all the equipment.

-- John @

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#7 posted 10-29-2009 04:46 AM

Great looking one.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 11:10 PM

Looking good.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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