Built-in Entertainment Center (For US! ;)

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Project by DeputyMike posted 01-09-2013 04:59 AM 15152 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a built-in entertainment center I built for my family, finally! I’ve been so busy building them for other people, that it has taken me forever to get to ours. We are very pleased overall. I pushed the mounting panel for the tv out towards the front to keep the screen from being hidden too much from the side. This also gave me a whole lot of space behind for wiring. I cut 2 good sized holes behind the tv in order to be able to reach behind it and deal with any wiring issues. The tv is also mounted on an articulating arm, this allows me to be able to pull it out over 20” from the panel (I don’t remember the exact number). I was definitely disappointed in the prices of all the LED lights I found online, but the were really what I wanted. They are also dimmable. We will be adding handles to the doors (not my call!).

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 08:29 AM

Lovely, very crisp looking and very nicely proportioned.

Construction…?... MDF, plywood, solid wood face frame???

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 09:52 AM

Beautiful work. Great thoughts on construction.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 01:00 PM

MDF cases, pine face frames, beadboard backing. Thanks for the compliments!

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 01:08 PM

Real nice, I like the symmetry with the speakers and the electronics. Did you build a false back behind the electronics to run the cables? Am always bamboozled about cable management.


-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 01:19 PM

There is probably more than 10 cubic feet of space hidden behind the tv where wires are. The speaker wires are up under the shelves they are sitting on, I have not completely hidden those yet, I will be putting a trim board under the shelf with a slot cut into the back of the board to hold the wire. All the component wires are behind the components, but not behind a backer board. I will be building screens to hide the components eventually.

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 07:13 PM

Wonderful work, looks great.

-- Pete in NC

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 09:36 PM

Simply beautiful and very neat!

-- "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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#8 posted 01-10-2013 03:08 AM

Nice work! Did you spray or brush the finish?

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#9 posted 01-10-2013 03:54 AM

I sprayed it, it is probably the 3rd or 4th job that I have sprayed now. I sure wish I had started spraying a long time ago!

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#10 posted 01-18-2013 12:48 AM

Beautiful job! I am hoping to build something similar. Did you design this from scratch, or are you working from some plans I might find somewhere?

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#11 posted 01-18-2013 12:52 AM

I designed it myself. I looked at several pictures online of other units and picked out aspects that appealed to me. I also added some parts myself.

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#12 posted 03-13-2013 01:13 PM

Hi Mike. I am going to be building something similar in my house soon, only this will be my first time building something like this and I am not a pro. So a question.

How did you go about mounting the tv? Is it mounted on that back panel we can see in the picture? If so, how do you domthat securely? or is it mounted to the actual wall snd screwed into the studs? if the latter, I guess you just extended the mounting system out as far as you can, then built that false back wall around it?

I want my final piece to have the same look as yours – with a “floating” tv, and not just resting on the shelf, so I’ve been a bit perplexed how best to handle that.

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#13 posted 03-14-2013 04:48 PM

The tv is mounted to that panel and also into a 2×4 frame that is behind the panel. The tv mount that I used can extend up to 30” out from that panel, so I needed plenty of support for that torque. The 2×4 frame is screwed to the studs in the wall, then the tv mount is lag bolted through the panel and into the 2×4 stud. Maybe overkill, but I’m not taking the chance of dropping a $1000 tv! ;)

The mount I used was similar to this:,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.43287494,d.dmQ&biw=1366&bih=619&wrapid=tlif136327958307110&sa=X&ei=Df9BUYyfDLfk4APH0YA4&ved=0COMBEPMCMAU

But it wasn’t that exact one, I don’t remember where I ordered it from, but it had less than 1” profile (I think).
Good luck in your build and let me know how it turns out or if you have any more questions!

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#14 posted 03-14-2013 06:37 PM

Great job on this entertainment center. I bet that it really makes the room.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 03-14-2013 07:38 PM

Mike, thank you so much for that information. Very helpful.

Because I’m quite dense, I have a follow on question for you though. Is the 2×4 frame you mentioned just a simple frame that sits flush against the wall (and bolted to the studs), or does the frame have some depth to make up the difference between where the wall (and studs) are to meet the forward position where the visible whilte panel is? I’m just trying to visualize the bones behind the great work I’m seeing here. Sorry if none of this makes any sense!

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