Entertainment Cabinets

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Project by Paul posted 03-26-2016 02:39 PM 1175 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend recently added a large addition to his house, and included a large basement. He asked me to build several items including these cabinets for his entertainment section. He has a 120” theater system that he wanted oak cabinets around it all, with tall shelving systems on both sides for components, pictures, etc.

His house has oak throughout, and he wanted to keep the same design with these cabinets.

This was truly a fun project for me, as I got to utilize everything I’ve been learning about cabinet making. We went through several designs together, and I drew it all up in detail on sketchup. This really helped him get a visual of what we were going to do.

We ended up going with 12” base cabinets to store DVDs, video games, and speakers. This also kept it narrow enough such that it wouldn’t interfere with seeing the screen (in case someone was lying on the floor to watch). Then, we used 24” shelving cabinets on the sides for stereo components, subwoofer, trinkets, pictures, etc. I put some fluted spacers in between the cabinets to dress it up a little, and he was very happy with that.

The original design was to have a counter top that would match the bar he’s going to put in. However, his wife really wanted a solid oak top. So they asked me to build that as well. Again with sketchup, we were able to choose a router design they liked. This was challenging as well, as it was 12’ long, and with the routered edge, difficult to plane. The picture I have with the counter on isn’t stained yet, but it’s the picture I was able to get after installation/fit. The last step is to apply stain, finish, and permanently install to the cabinets.

-- Paul, Iowa

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 05:37 PM

nice looking cabinets! wish I knew more about cabinet making and raised panel doors and such

-- Todd Sharp

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 05:39 PM

Paul, after viewing the additional pictures of your cabinets, I wish I had half of your talent

-- Todd Sharp

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 06:59 PM

That’s a huge entertainment center, with lots of storage. Nice job !!!

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#4 posted 03-26-2016 07:44 PM

These cabinets turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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