Credenza/Entertainment Center

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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 12-20-2011 04:01 AM 2358 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Credenza/Entertainment Center completes my home office. Also see another project of mine, the Built-in Desk & Bookcase, which I started building before my home office became my daily work place.

Both projects are made from red oak. Minwax Mahogany gel stain. Rockler drawer sliders.

The Credenza features wide pull-out shelves for the electronics, with an open back in that section to run cables and circulate air. The four largest drawers have hardware for Pendaflex hanging files. Two of the drawers have dividers to best store Blu-Ray cases (which should be good for another couple of years?), one is for CDs (I’m old school), and one stores my camera equipment.

I made extensive use of mortise and tenon joinery. I started by building 4 rectangles which formed the sides of the stacks of drawers. Each rectangle was made with 6/4 styles and rails. Those were then joined with 4/4 rails to form the cabinet shell. A fixed shelf made from 3/4” ply separates the electronic component shelves from the upper file drawers. Lots of glue … no nails used. No screws are visible (I did use them to hold the divider between the upper file drawers in place).

The top is a 26×72 glue-up, and I used biscuit joinery to help reference the placement of the 3 boards I used. The top was installed after the 21×30x69 cabinet was in place … that made the cabinet lighter to carry up stairs, and smaller to maneuver through the doorway. Similarly, drawers were installed in place.

I topped off the cabinet with a shelf structure that surrounds the wall mount TV. Shelf unit is bolted to the wall so it will not topple. Those shelves hold the Bose CineMate speakers (the subwoofer sits on the right side of the cabinet), as well as family photographs, trophies … and my emergency shot of Jack Daniels that is still waiting for something to require me to open it.

Lessons learned:

1. I didn’t buy enough stain, and then my local Lowe’s stopped carrying Minwax gel stain. I had to chase down one more quart to finish the project.

2. I should have installed the drawer sliders while the cabinet was still in the garage on the bench. Easier to do than sitting on the floor tweaking drawers.

3. The two end pieces have a single horizontal style in the middle … I would have been better served to do a center rail to make drawer slider support easier.

4. I made the unit in 3 stages (cabinet/top, shelf unit, drawers), because it’s difficult to move in my garage shop if I don’t keep moving big pieces like cabinets out. Much easier than completing the project in the shop and then moving it upstairs in one process.

5. First thing on a Saturday morning, I moved my portable planer from the floor to the workbench without using a proper lifting technique. My back gave me the rest of that weekend off.

6. Home Depot doesn’t seem to be stocking oak plywood anymore. It’s an Ecuadorian hardwood, apparently, but not oak. I need to find a good supplier for oak ply.

7. I dropped a drawer while staining it … the glue held, and the wood broke. I claimed victory on that test of my joinery technique, and then made another drawer.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 04:17 AM

Love #7 :-)

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 06:44 AM

It looks great Henry very well done.


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#3 posted 12-20-2011 12:30 PM

Great job. Love # 7 as well.

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

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#4 posted 12-20-2011 03:40 PM

Nice work!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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