Cherry Entertainment Center

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Project by bko posted 12-23-2011 04:08 PM 2471 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like a lot of other folks, we needed a new piece of furniture when a new widescreen TV replaced our old one. I built this Entertainment Center out of solid cherry and cherry veneer plywood. I designed the back to be very open so that fishing the wires would be easy!

The design is a plywood cabinet with a pocket screwed face-frame. The end panels are different since I mixed a ply panel with solid cherry legs and are mortise and tenon. The entire face frame is tenoned and fits into a mortise in the front legs.

The raised panel doors are solid cherry with a shaker-style edge treatment on the styles and rails. The door hardware is Blum for inset doors with the soft-close gizmos on the hinges. That was to keep the kids from slamming the cabinet doors all the time and works great!

The top is a solid cherry glue-up with a beveled edge. The finish is a Danish Oil finish followed by several coats of spray lacquer—you have to make sure the oil finish is really cured before spraying.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 04:27 PM

Congratulation, this piece of furniture looks great! The cherry came out nice and the design is perfect with that clear, straight lines.
Thank you for sharing.

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 04:27 PM

Very nice

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 05:17 PM

Nice entertainment center.

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#4 posted 12-27-2011 11:35 PM

Really nice center and so nice work.
Now you can sit back proud and enjoy a match and a beer!
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#5 posted 03-31-2013 03:49 PM

Thinking of building to similar dimensions. What are the dimensions you used on this project.

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#6 posted 03-31-2013 04:24 PM

Hi DW833:

The piece was sized to fit a particular wall in our house, so you could make it any size you want. I found that the commercial ones I saw for sale were too low for our furniture.

This one is 60 1/2” wide overall with about a 1 1/2” overhang on each side on the top. The height is 27 3/4” for our TV and the depth is 21 1/2” with again a 1 1/2” overhang in front, but zero overhang in back.

The center section is 18” wide and the doors are about 15 1/2” wide. The corner posts are standard 1 3/4” square, but sawn out of a wider and thicker board to get the grain oriented. Because of the hinges I chose, I added a 1” wide face-frame stiles at each post.


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