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Project by Luke posted 04-22-2011 04:31 AM 2480 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a niche in our living room for a TV, one of those cookie cutter type housing developments. Anyways, I quickly grew tired of how bad our TV stand looked in the hole, and how empty it looked. I undertook this project. IT was really my first big project in a few years.

It grew as I progressed, originally it was just going to be the Entertainment Center, but then we decided to add recessed lights to the top cabinet, and add matching wall paneling and fireplace mantel to the wall next to it. The Fireplace had a cast cement surround but no mantel, it drove my wife nuts during Christmas time with no place to hang our stockings, so instead of going through all the work of tearing the cement surround out, I built a mantel to surround the top. Overall I am pleased with the outcome.

I used poplar and birch plywood for the cabinet and face frame. In hindsight I would have saved TONS of money and maybe even had a more consistent look on the wall paneling if I had used MDF, but It was a great learning process.

When I started the project, I thought, HA, that it would take a few days to do, ended up taking 3 months as the project progressed into a huge deal.

I started with a cheap Ryobi table top table saw and a Bosch router, by the time project was over, I ended up with a new table saw, new jointer, a few more router bits, a built in router table, a new drill, a few hand planes and a COMPLETELY reorganized garage/shop.

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 10:12 AM

Looks good, nice way to enhance a space.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 11:46 AM

Great job, very clean lones, New tools is always fun. I’m thinking you still saved a bundle instead of paying someone and you get to keep the tools! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 04:39 PM

Nice looking entertainment center.

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 05:49 AM


You made out like a bandit in that deal! LOL Your cabinets look great. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 06:50 AM

Very nice Luke ,heck with the force!!! you did by tour self.

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#6 posted 04-23-2011 02:30 PM

Nice work.

-- "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed", John 8:36

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#7 posted 06-03-2011 04:03 AM

Really nice work. It looks great!

-- JBergh, Arkansas

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#8 posted 03-07-2013 03:28 AM

Double WOW!! That’s real nice, Luke.

I read your write up twice and have concluded that this project was used to “dupe” your wife into thinking you were building this to satisfy her desire to “hang the stockings with care” while all along you simply needed an excuse to buy new tools! The last line is a dead give away to your true intent. My hat’s off to you, sir.

And only three months to build! At my present talent, it would take that long just to get the concept in my head and 3 years to build it. Would how many tools I could pull out it?

-- Harold

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#9 posted 03-07-2013 11:22 PM

Harold, I definitely made out on the project. When I started, all I had was a circular saw, the cheapest Ryobi table saw one could imagine, my router, and a plug in drill. I made the entertainment center with just those tools, by the time I got to the paneling, I had began upgrading my tools. Its possible, let me say this… CALK, don’t ever underestimate its ability on a paint grade project.

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