Entertainment Storage Cubicle

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Project by Firewood20 posted 02-01-2011 06:37 AM 4695 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is my first attempt at making something nice to bring in the house (basically my first wood working project with limited tools)... We had a REALLY cheap oak veneer 80’s entertainment center and it wouldn’t fit our new flat screen tv. So I decided to build this stand to hold our tv and also combine storage cubbies. the color scheme was my wife’s, it’s a satin expresso paint color with canvas storage cubes from HD dark brown and green(they hold all my son’s toys in the living room). I knew I was going to paint this project so the wood was ACEX? it’s basically nice plywood with no knots that was on sale at HD. Then I faced the front with poplar. I don’t have a table saw( I sold it to save up for a newer one) so everything was cut with a circular and miter saw, and lots of sanding! I didn’t feel too comfortable with joinery at the time so a lot of it is butt joints except for mitered corners on top and bottom, I still needed wood filler lol, then some more sanding. My son, as you can see tried to help. He is a great he asset when it comes to please go get me this and please go get me that but when I don’t keep him entertained he often takes my tools and brings them inside the house, then I think I’m going crazy when I can’t find the tool that I JUST HAD! lol He loves working with his dad!

-- Dustin, Central Coast California

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 06:51 AM

haha, I love working with my kids…sometimes. I was told the sign of a true craftsman is not what he can do with his tools, but what he can do without.

-- Michael

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 07:39 AM

That’s an excellent idea. it beat ikea cubicles.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 07:43 AM

Fun times with the kids… gets worse as they get older :)
Just kidding. My 9 yr old dude has been sick with the flu for 3 days and I totally miss us bashing around in the shop together

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 08:06 AM

I love the pictures with your kid. Very nice

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 02:46 PM

I think you’ve done a great job with the tools and materials at hand (or at HD!). The real measure of skill isn’t what tools you have, it’s what you can achieve with what you have, and you’ve really showed a great degree of skill here!

-- Wiggs, Western Australia --- Whoever said 'The devil's in the detail' was a woodworker!

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 03:38 PM

Very nice! Beats particleboard coverd with woodgrain vinyl. One Christmas we got one of our grandsons a toy B&D set with drill, flashlight and some other stuff. He plays with it all the time. Hi’s dad is an ME and is always letting him help. How many three year olds know how to change the oil in the car?

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 03:40 PM

Great project and very good work. I like the style and the finish looks super! It looks like you have an enthusiastic helper too. Lucky boy, lucky dad=both blessed. Congratulations on the project and that fine son.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 10:54 PM

Not sure if your son is a wood worker or a mechanic. Looks like he is doing an oil change in that second picture. I love working with my kids also but when the dangerous tools come out I make sure they stand far away. You just can’t watch them and take proper safety precautions for yourself at the same time.

PS Great project also.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 02-02-2011 04:50 AM

You did a great job, loved working with my kids when they were younger, my son used to get under his battery powered jeep and work on it like I did when he was that age, now he’s driving and I can’t get him to put gas in it. Nice work.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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