Wife's Entertainment Center

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Project by MAO posted 01-27-2018 11:13 PM 2200 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed my wife’s entertainment center. I have never built anything this big (8’ x 8’) or had the nerve to put any of my work in such a prominent place. At the end of the day, I am happy with the results and gained much more confidence as I continue up my learning curve. Most importantly, my wife loves it and really enjoyed being able to design / build exactly what she wanted from pictures. She’s pretty tough to work for and stretched my limited skill / experience pretty far – haha. My “shop” (really not much of a shop) is in my attached garage that is also used for vehicles, lawn mower, etc. Obviously, much of the construction is plywood cabinetry, but I still got a heavy dose of using my preferred hand tools. All of the panels, doors, drawer fronts were cut by hand using a Stanley 50 for the bead and grooves. Rails and stiles were joined with either lap joint or mortise and tennon construction – all by hand. All drawer dovetails were cut by hand as well – I signed one of them. The drawer boxes are finished with amber shellac and wax. The cabinet finish is three coats of oil based enamel (same as our home trim) All was all painted with a brush – whew…I still need to pick up the new TV. It is designed to hold a 55”.

I would like to hear what you fine folks think and gain some constructive criticism on the design/workmanship. For instance, I think that I am going to add inset doors over the upper speakers using the black acoustically transparent speaker grill. Let me know what you guys think and thanks for looking!


-- MAO (Indiana)

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#1 posted 01-27-2018 11:23 PM

That is pretty cool…......You did a GREAT job!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 01-28-2018 02:38 AM

wow ,I know where youll be on super bowl sunday!great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Frank Smith

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#3 posted 01-28-2018 02:50 AM

How long did this take?

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#4 posted 01-28-2018 03:03 AM

Very nice, Mark!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#5 posted 01-28-2018 04:50 AM

Great job! You did excellent work and should be proud.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#6 posted 01-28-2018 12:27 PM

Beautiful, You may not have the experience but you definitely have the skills.

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#7 posted 01-28-2018 02:11 PM

Very impressive – Really like the wide stiles between the shelves and the TV section. Trim is perfect – not overdone, matches the columns.
One tip I learned from a painter is to add Penetrol to oil based paint on sections this large, I use small foam rollers for oil based paint on flat surfaces with the Penetrol – smoother & faster results than brush.

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#8 posted 01-28-2018 02:52 PM

Very nice work Mark. A happy wife makes for a happy life!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 01-28-2018 03:56 PM

You did a wonderful job on this built in entertainment center. It shows a lot of nice details and craftsmanship and I like the design very much. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 01-28-2018 04:26 PM

Very nice! I might make use of several features on this one…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Gregg M.

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#11 posted 01-28-2018 05:07 PM

Very nice built in.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#12 posted 01-28-2018 05:45 PM

Great work! Love all the attention to detail.

As far as constructive criticism… only “dig” would be the actual height of the piece. Could the center section have been stretched to be incorporated to the already existing crown molding? Or is this a piece that can be taken down and moved to another house? Stretching it would also have made a bit more room for a bigger TV.

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#13 posted 01-28-2018 07:12 PM

Professionally speaking and considering your background experience plus the tools you had to work with this piece came out outstanding yes everyone has an opinion just like AS I have been in the business for 44 years and I have seen some very talented individuals through the years come through with similar talent and through todays ways of viewing social media and reading from great resources all it takes is the will to dig in and do it!

Congratulations from a aging craftsman!!

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#14 posted 01-28-2018 10:27 PM

Holy cow – I missed on the first read-through that you cut all that joinery by hand. I was impressed before, but now I’m blown away!

I don’t think my wife would have the patience to wait for me to finish that massive of a project by hand! Although to be fair, I probably don’t have the patience to actually do it, either.


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#15 posted 01-28-2018 10:35 PM

clean and functional. Really like it.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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