Entertainment Center / bookcase

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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 07-08-2020 07:58 PM 829 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished – finally !

We needed a bookcase entertainment center for the big room in the basement. This resulted form a photo found on line; no dimensions, nothing to go from – oh, and the photo was of a Murphy bed of entirely different proportions. Noooo problem I said….... famous last words… least I didn’t say “hold my beer.”

I had a 9’ ceiling to work with, so I determined the height by subtracting the width of the crown/banding molding, it appears to have worked. Width was set to accommodate a 48” wide TV; that was my dimensional starting point. Overall dimensions are 7’ 2” high and 8’ 6” wide.

The major challenge was duplicating the doors shown in the photo, with the angles and joinery of the grid. Just getting that worked out – and making sure – took some time. Believe it or not, I pulled out an old trigonometry book from 1962 – finally found a use for that.

Then came the issue of the stop molding used to surround the grid. Half finished and the pieces did not match. Home Depot had 2 versions of the molding in the same bin, same SKU stickers, etc., but one was 1/16” wider and a little thicker than the other. Pulled it all off and a trip back to HD and had a conversation with the manager, and his ho-hum attitude.

I included a pullout tray for the printer in the center base.

The last photo is what I worked from, no dimensions, etc. just the photo. Oh, its a Murphy bed, so the proportions all had to be reworked.

The finish is 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Emerald cabinet enamel – $80/ gal., but well worth it The tall doors required some tall pulls that were finally found at House of Antique Hardware.

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#1 posted 07-08-2020 08:49 PM

Great looking entertainment center. Just don’t go shopping for a larger TV … LOL

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#2 posted 07-09-2020 12:06 AM

Very Nice.

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#3 posted 07-09-2020 02:52 AM

That is an impressive and big build. Well done.

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#4 posted 07-09-2020 02:05 PM

beautiful work carey.

-- 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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#5 posted 07-09-2020 06:34 PM

love the doors, great job!!

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#6 posted 09-27-2021 08:19 PM

Great looking entertainment center. Just don t go shopping for a larger TV … LOL

- tyvekboy

Don’t worry – 6 months and still no TV – I don’t watch TV, period.

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