Oak Entertainment Center

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Project by gerrym526 posted 03-01-2008 01:07 AM 2068 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This oak entertainment center fills an alcove in my finished basement recreation room. I designed the 3 cabinet modules to fit the space available. Because my shop is only 325 square feet, I had to move each glued-up carcass out of the shop before gluing and clamping up the next! (You guys with big shops will get a good laugh out of that). The speakers are a custom design as well. I have a neighbor with an electrical engineering degree who builds audio equipment as a hobby. His CAD program gave me the cabinet dimensions for the speakers, and he chose the speakers themselves and built the crossovers. Their design copies models that are $7,000/pair retail. Cost of wood (MDF core oak plywood), speakers, and electronic components came to about $700. And they sound as good as the $7000 ones! The shelving units for the audio components have cutouts on the back to vent heat, and allow cables to connect the components. The finish for the cabinetry is good old miniwax (golden pecan stain), and polycrylic finish (3 coats).

-- Gerry

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 01:16 AM


This is a very nice entertainment center. You should be proud of it. I am sure that it is the focal point of the room, as it should be.

I completely understand about your shop dilemma. Mine is about the same size and it gets really cramped when I am working on anything larger than a bread box.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 01:19 AM

Great job Jerry,they always look better if they are made to fit. Nice job on the speakers as well.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 01:23 AM

Looks great – I love how nice and fitted to the space you can make built-in stuff – that’s one of my favorite parts about woodworking, how you can custom make stuff to fit just where you need it.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#4 posted 03-01-2008 01:26 AM

Nice looking piece. I have an odd shaped spot in my basement that needs filled also.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 03-01-2008 01:39 AM

Do I see some McIntosh equipment ? If so, you must be hideing a turntable somewhere.

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#6 posted 03-01-2008 01:52 AM

Great job, especially the matching speakers! You really saved yourself a bundle.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-01-2008 04:00 AM

This piece is awesome Gerry! How much patience do you have left after this one? It is great. You should be proud of it.

-- "Knowledge is King! It is never too late to learn something new." - Jim

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#8 posted 03-01-2008 04:09 AM

Great looking center, really like the speaker boxes

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#9 posted 03-01-2008 05:26 AM

Thanks to all of you who commented-you’re all very kind. To answer some of the questions-
-will be happy to fill odd spaces in some of your rec rooms when I retire from my current career and start a custom woodworking business.
-yes, you did see MciIntosh equipment, and no I don’t have a turntable. I love listening to music (jazz is a passion for me) but am not a hard core audiophile, so CD’s are fine, and I don’t miss the scratchy sound of vinyl LP’s
-patience left after this piece. Actually, if I had to do the piece over, could probably cut my time in half. What helped me tremendously was a cabinet making course I took in the late 90’s from the late, great, Dr. Roger Cliffe (auther of the Table Saw Book, among others). Once you learn how cabinets are built you get more efficient with every piece you build. I’m confident I could probably cut all the pieces for a kitchen cabinet project in a weekend, and probably build the pieces in 2-3 wks. I’m still an amateur, so those of you who already are running custom cabinet businesses know what I mean.

Thanks again for all the kind words, it motivates me to build more.

-- Gerry

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#10 posted 03-01-2008 08:16 AM

Very nice. You did an excellent job on this piece.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 04-03-2008 03:25 PM

Hi Gerry

Great looking entertainment unit. You did a good job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 04-03-2008 10:23 PM

This is great. I’d like to hear the speakers. I’ll bet it’s great.

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#13 posted 08-20-2011 05:26 PM

Gerry, thats a nice looking entertainment center.

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