Mini Floating Entertainment Center

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Project by ScottKaye posted 02-01-2018 01:58 AM 1439 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this project 2 years ago but never got around to posting it. That is until I saw baileyroche's beautiful rendition of his floating entertainment center in the daily top three earlier today. Congrats on that!

There were tons of first for me with this project and it was a great learning/skill enhancing experience all around. The cabinet box and drawer fronts are constructed out of Cherry and the drawer boxes are QS poplar. I waterfalled (is that the correct term?) the box so that the grain runs continuously around the carcass which adds a really nice flowing effect. I only have a 6” jointer but the Center is a little over 9 1/2” deep. I wanted to preserve the waterfall effect so built a planer sled that I could run a wider board than my jointer could handle to get the board flat and let me use one wide piece instead of gluing up two narrower pieces. (a first) Notice I managed to get the cathedral effect pointing up on both sides. I spent extra time at the lumber yard picking the perfect board!

I used the Incra positioner to make the dovetail drawers (another first) which I must admit had a rather steep learning curve but I was extremely happy with the result.

The case is joined on 45’s with a hidden miter spline running thru 95% of the joint stopping just shy of the front face.
(another first)

And finally, I was quite proud of the tapered sliding dovetails I incorporated into the two inside vertical support of the cabinet. Believe me when I said there was lots of trial and error until I got them just right (obviously another first)

The finish is several coats of General Finishes Satin Arm-R-Seal and no colorant. It has matured nicely over the past couple of years.

Here you can see the splined miters and the sliding dovetail construction in viewing from the back of the cabinet. I attached the cabinet to the wall with screws into studs thru the block of wood behind each drawer

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#1 posted 02-01-2018 02:05 AM

Forgive me for my ugly TV!

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#2 posted 02-01-2018 06:28 AM

Contrasting dovetails turned realy great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-01-2018 03:49 PM

Fantastic job, I love the floating look and am about to embark on a similar project. It will be an 8 foot long massive version of this haha

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#4 posted 02-01-2018 04:56 PM

You did a fine job on this entertainment center and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 02-02-2018 10:06 PM

Scott, that is very tasty and well executed. Congratulations!

-- Art

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#6 posted 02-06-2018 05:42 PM

I like this a lot. I don’t think the pulls do any of it any justice. The dovetails, especially the sliding ones are extremely nice. And the splined miter.

-- James - Semper Fi

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#7 posted 02-07-2018 12:19 AM

Thanks for all the compliments. The Pulls were the wifes doing to match furniture we already had in the bedroom.

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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