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Project by Todd posted 12-06-2009 09:52 AM 3653 views 15 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Dad needed a place to store his media gear—DVR, DVD Player & Receiver. I convinced him to steer clear of IKEA and Pottery Barn and let me take a stab at it.

My first real attempt at designing and then building a piece of furniture from scratch. I’ve done a handful of built-ins and copied a few pieces (dressers, end tables,etc…) from magazines but this was the first time I’ve actually used Sketchup to create something of my own.

Used strips of maple to create the vented doors and drawer pull.
Drawer is shallow enough for a surge protector to fit behind.
Center strip of walnut on back panel is removable for cable mgmt (magnets hold in place)
Haven’t tried dove-tails yet so I opted for doweled-rabbets to attach the drawer front
Drawer is sized to hold DVDs under the sliding tray for remote(s), etc.

Anyway… Not perfect by any means but I learned a lot—including the realization that I want a bandsaw—- and I enjoyed the process. Now that it’s been delivered I miss it already.

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 10:47 AM

the vented doors look awesome and compliment the curved legs very well!! Great job on the walnut grain pattern and maple strips for the drawer! Are you going to make one for yourself now too :)

-- helen

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 12:24 PM

This is an amazing piece Todd. It looks like it would be difficult to build, especially with the shaped lattice work on the front. Your workmanship looks flawless and the design looks beautiful and unique. Your dad is a lucky guy to get this. I will be looking eagerly forward to your next piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 01:22 PM

Nice looking design and piece. You did a great job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 02:12 PM

I love the lines and choice of wood. The design is Functional, contemporary with an Asian flair …I like! Well done direct to favourite.
Thanks for posting.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#5 posted 12-06-2009 03:20 PM

Great job! I love the curved legs and the colors go well together. I think the doweled rabbits go well with the overall design. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 12-06-2009 05:02 PM

Great design. You won’t find anything like that at ikea. Nice job and thanks for posting it.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#7 posted 12-06-2009 05:14 PM

I’m glad I don’t have to compete with you. Great work of art.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#8 posted 12-06-2009 05:18 PM

This is a wonderful design a great media console an outstanding first design and build.

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#9 posted 12-06-2009 06:16 PM

very nice piece. The doors are very unique and a great idea. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 12-06-2009 06:19 PM

great job todd, i may have to borrow the idea for the vented drawer fronts. keep them comin.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 07:58 PM

Wow, awesome design for the ventilation! Very creative.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 12-06-2009 08:13 PM

wow, that looks like a good ying yang peice. Nice job!

-- Childress Woodworks

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#13 posted 12-06-2009 09:39 PM

Excellent! (that’s for the design, materials, build and finish) I’m interested to see what your second design looks like!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 12-07-2009 07:16 AM

Great design

-- Jason

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#15 posted 12-07-2009 07:23 AM

Not perfect! looks perfect to me :-)
Nicely done, I love the design.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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