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Project by cowboyup3371 posted 05-22-2022 02:06 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a running joke in my house where we measure my more involved projects in terms of creating a child. This started back in 2008 when I began building a dresser for my now wife that took a pregnancy length (9-months) to complete. This was mostly because I stopped to build a bunk bed for our daughters (we weren’t married then but she had a 10year old and I a 7 year old) as well as other things since I could only work at night/weekends.

Fast Forward to 2019 when my wife won a 65-inch TV from a work raffle and we decided we needed a new entertainment center. I worked on the design then began building out the drawers that would hold some of our DVDs in early 2020.

Well, this project has turned out to not just be a pregnancy to us but the equivalent of a 15-month old toddler. Again, it’s because I worked on several Christmas gifts, a changing table for my granddaughter, and a few other things. However, it is finally home and the wife is happy.

As she is German, I tried to loosely base the design off of a German Schrank. I used white oak 3/4” plywood and quartersawn white oak for sides, face frames, drawer faces, and doors. Unfortunately, due to white oak plywood’s extreme cost in the last several months, I had to use red oak 1/4” ply for the backs. I also cut the drawer sides from poplar and used 1/8” baltic birch ply for the DVD dividers.

There are four drawers capable of holding 20 DVDs each (nowhere enough but…), shelving for a small Sonos Soundbar, Blu-Ray player, and the cable box as well as any blankets or such she wants. The glass shelves are supported using wooden brackets I made and illuminated using LED strip lights from SuperBrightLEDs.com. Finally, the finial on top is only the third or fourth time I have used a lathe so I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way





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987Ron

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#1 posted 05-22-2022 03:14 PM

Like the desing, nice looking and well done. Have to look up schrank

-- Ron

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#2 posted 05-22-2022 04:17 PM

You just plug in those LED strips in an outlet behind the Schrank?

‘We have a running joke in my house where we measure my more involved projects in terms of creating a child. This started back in 2008 when I began building a dresser for my now wife that took a pregnancy length (9-months) to complete.’

Elephant’s gestation period is approx 2 years.

-- WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH --

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#3 posted 05-22-2022 06:52 PM

Wow, that’s really beautiful.

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#4 posted 05-22-2022 07:11 PM

OOOF!!! I know exactly what you mean. These big projects for the weekend warrior can take forever to complete. Work, family, interruptions, life… But hey, you got it done and it looks fantastic. These beasts are a ton of work. Nice job and the wife is happy. I’d call that a win-win…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#5 posted 05-22-2022 07:46 PM

That’s an amazing piece. First class.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 05-22-2022 09:29 PM

I like your design, plenty of features and stylish!

I made a huge built in center many years ago. The one thing that still eats at me is at the time we had a 33” CRT TV that required a significant depth.
By the time I finished, that TV had died, NTSC was dead (switch over to digital) and of course flat screens were the next phase in evolution.

Fortunately I had made the opening so it conformed to HD dimensions, but that 2 feet of dust collection space (and lost room in the closet behind) really bugs me! 8^)

Good to see your unit is sized for some future evolution!

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cowboyup3371

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#7 posted 05-23-2022 02:54 AM

Thank you everyone, I definitely appreciate the kind words.


You just plug in those LED strips in an outlet behind the Schrank? We have a running joke in my house where we measure my more involved projects in terms of creating a child. This started back in 2008 when I began building a dresser for my now wife that took a pregnancy length (9-months) to complete.

Elephant s gestation period is approx 2 years.

- 1thumb

There are three strands of lights, one in each cabinet and one in the bridge that are affixed to the back of the inside face frame and connected to each other. The strand in the right cabinet is then run through the upper shelf and along its bottom edge out the back of the cabinet where it is plugged into the power strip inside the center cabinet. That power strip is then connected to the wall outlet behind it.

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#8 posted 05-25-2022 02:01 AM

Impressive results, regardless of the time frame.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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