Cabinet and shelving

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Project by Woodchuck4 posted 10-02-2012 05:52 PM 1405 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built the cabinet not longer after purchasing my first house. The previous owner had their TV there, but that was not agreeing with me. So I mounted the TV above the fireplace and had to come up with something to hold all the components. Then the shelving came years later. (I know, posting a tad late)

This is what I consider my very first woodworking project. I built the cabinet first in Google Sketup (LOVE that software) trying to make sure I had the joints/seams lining up where it was hidden or pleasing to the eye. Then I was in the truck and off to get my materials. The cabinet, minus the face frame and doors, is made of MDF. I made it where the center divider for the shelving stops 6” from the back of the cabinet so I can easily pass cables from side to side. I then cut grommet holes in both back corners of the top, and right next to those I cut slits where I later installed fans that are hooked to a thermostat so when the cabinet reaches a certain temp the fans kick on and exhaust the air out of the top of the cabinet. The way I did the slits though you can’t even see them unless you are standing inches from the cabinet. Also, When assembling the base I put a 2×4 (painted black) about 6-8” set back from the cutout in the bottom of the front to catch any small items that tried to roll under the cabinet.

I created the raised panel doors as well. These were my first set of doors and were very intimidating given the size and my inexperience with my new router table. I don’t have the handle hardware attached in this picture but we have them. I learned alot about board glue ups, sanding seams, how routing can be easier and less chipout depending on grain direction. I did european hinges that are mortised in using a forstner bit.

The shelves have the support system enclosed on all sides to give it that “beefy” look. I have the reverse flute (I don’t know it’s actual name) on the sides and I cut the arch piece myself and sanded and fit and sanded and fit until it matched the arch of the wall.

Now, there are many things about this cabinet I wish I could go back and redo, but I’m not beating myself up over it. The shelving pin rails are flush mounted instead of creating a dado for them to sit in, but they get the job done. Overall the wife was very happy with the cabinet and that gives me a win on this project.

I appreciate the opportunity to share this with y’all, and I look forward to any feedback. I’m always eager to learn better techniques and/or processes of doing things.

-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 07:40 PM

Placing the TV above the fireplace is a nice idea. And that empty wall before is now lively looking with your picture frames! Nice work, Nathan

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 08:20 PM

Pretty in white. Great work!

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#3 posted 10-02-2012 09:07 PM

@Surfside – Thanks, now I have to the credit to filling the shelves to my wife. I’m just the manual labor :)

@Fishinbo – I appreciate it. Honestly, we have a lot of white since that is what the house came with trim wise, but it about drove me crazy becuase unless the seams are flawlessly matched up they really seem to stand out and are more noticeable after they are painted white.

-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX

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