Little Entertainment Cab

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Project by tywalt posted 05-18-2020 06:06 PM 376 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

So I’ve got my TV hanging above my fireplace (In Texas that never actually gets used) and have always wanted a more elegant way to keep the AV receiver, apple TV, playstation, etc. organized and not have wires running across the mantle. I need to clean up some “scrap” wood laying around the shop and wanted to build it all without a trip to the lumber yard. I finally climbed up in the attic and wired the surround speakers HDMI and power all over the room and dropped electrical down the wall for the TV (did have to buy supplies for this). Side note: yes, everything is up to local code, I did my homework. the little wall plate pictured now sits behind the entertainment cabinet and no wires visible coming out of it or into the TV! SWMBO is happy with me for this, therefore I am happy with spending a weekend sweating in the attic. Soon I will ask if this has earned me a new planer.

Cabinet frame is some old 8/4 hard maple that was begging to be used but the only thing I had large enough in the shop for the panels was some 1/2” red oak ply. Not my favorite combination of colors and grain… but it works and I had it on hand. Through mortises on the frame and dado’s for the ply panels. Adjustable 5mm holes for the shelf pins. Pretty simple construction as I wanted it done and ready to use. Couple coats of blonde 1lb cut of unwaxed shellac (don’t remember the brand but got the flakes from woodcraft a year ago and like it). Followed up by a coat of paste wax.

You may have noticed it doesn’t have a top yet. I’ve got the maple panel glued up but am waffling on the edge profile on it. The rest of the room has simple round overs and I think I’ll stick with that but playing around with some ogee bits on some pine to set up there and see if I want to get fancy.

The bottom cabinet houses the subwoffer and does not have a bottom so it can sit directly on the floor. I was worried about it rattling the whole structure when watching an action flick. I ended up gluing in some 1/2” MDF inside that box too to give it a little more structure… Once installed, I had to turn the gain down on the sub considerably. Not a “sound guy” at all but it amplifies the shake of the sub significantly… I’m sure there is an acoustic reason for this. Sounds good though.

Couple leftover Blum soft close hinges from some built ins I did over the winter for the door. Had to glue in some shims to make them fit as they were for 3/4” stock but they work great.

While I was out there, I slapped together a little rolling cart for my better half’s CriCut machine (basically a cnc router for paper/vinyl/felt craft stuff) and all her bits-and-pieces. 1/2” baltic ply that needed to be cut up and used to make room for a bunch of oak i just inherited for a new bench build. 1/4” adjustable height shelves, soft close slides and the every trusty HD 3” double locking casters. I stole the basic idea for this cart from Adam Savage’s (formerly of MythBusters fame) youtube channel. If you don’t know about that channel, I highly recommend it. He has a marvelous shop that I can watch for hours… Surely this will have earned enough loyalty points for that new planer ;)

I’m told I need to post more projects to be taken seriously around here, so here is last weekends.

-- Tyler - Central TX

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#1 posted 05-19-2020 01:12 AM

Nice entertainment center!!And a real handy cart to go with it!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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