Walnut Entertainment Center

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Project by Lifesaver2000 posted 06-15-2012 12:37 AM 2612 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the walnut entertainment center I have been blogging about here. This is constructed mostly of glued-up solid walnut panels. Exceptions are the baltic birch drawer boxes, a single cross member in the back that is pine, and the back panels which are walnut-stained oak plywood (walnut plywood is not available anywhere near my very rural area). The finish is Watco Danish oil and Sherwin Williams water based polyurethane.

This project was built to replace an old, tall entertainment center that we got rid of when we switched to a flat panel TV a few months ago. Each full-extension drawer will hold about 75 DVDs, and the center shelf section will hold about 40 Blu-Ray disks (although we actually only own two BD disks at this point).

You might notice that there is an area behind the Blu-Ray storage area that is not visible from the front. Actually, pulling on the small shelf will remove a magnetically-held door. In the section behind the door is room for an uninterruptible power supply and surge protector that will power the satellite receiver DVR for over an hour. This is so any TV shows we want recorded won’t be interrupted by short power outages. Also, a heavy-duty extension cord will run so that everything can be unplugged without having to move the center out from the wall to reach the power outlet when lightning is in the area.

The shelves on both sides are adjustable. I actually made four shelves, but as I was setting this up for my equipment I was able to get everything to fit with just three shelves.

One problem I had for the fifteen years I was using the old entertainment center was installing or removing equipment. It was too large to easily slide out from the wall, and even if I did then the wiring had to run through the cardboard back panel, making cable hookups very difficult.

To make things much easier, I made the back panels on this entertainment center removable with thumb screws, and the shelves all have a cutout in the back that allows the cabling to drop down to an open space behind the drawers. Then, there is a wide center floor support that runs from front to back. The support and the four feet are all sanded down to 600 grit which make this heavy piece of furniture slide forward and backward on my carpeted floor with just finger pressure. This should all make equipment hookups much easier.

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#1 posted 06-15-2012 12:39 AM

That turned out very nice. I really like the finish that you used. It really brings out the beauty of the walnut.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 06-15-2012 01:11 PM

Very nice, great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 06-15-2012 01:21 PM

Great work! The pictures aren’t the best (a little grainy), but I can still tell that it’s a very quality entertainment center. Very nice design. I don’t think you’ll regret paying the extra money on walnut, which always looks 1000x better than other woods stained a walnut color. I’m sure you’ll enjoy using this for many, many years to come.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 01:24 PM


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#5 posted 06-15-2012 02:41 PM

Great looking unit and very well thought out and super build.

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 05:06 PM

Stellar job on the e.c…...sweet..!! Nothing like building your own to suit your needs….I built one for mine several months back with all the bells and whistles for my 6-way surround sound….one of the best pieces I ever got any use out of….

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#7 posted 06-15-2012 07:18 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Brandon, I will agree the pictures could be better. The camera I use is about eight years old, 2.1 megapixel, and I had to crop and resize the pics to post.

I forgot to mention that this was built as companion piece, with similar construction, to the coffee table project I posted a few months ago.

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#8 posted 06-16-2012 01:51 AM

Nice job. I really like all the little features you added. Planning can make all the difference and you apparently put a lot of forethought into this project. Some day, I hope to build something similar for my gameroom. Thanks for the ideas.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 06-25-2012 09:00 PM

I really like this..! I want to build an entertainment center EXACTLY like this… I’ve been looking around at different plans that I can follow, but alas I think I’ll be on my own with this one.

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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