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Project by ThorinOakenshield posted 02-24-2013 02:14 AM 40053 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife and I wanted a place to organize our books and other media. I built the entertainment center out of veneered plywood and poplar. All my joins are pocket holed with a Porter Cable Quick Jig. I made the flat panel doors with poplar and 1/4’’ ply. My wife did most of the finishing and nearly all the painting. She purchased the door hardware on clearence so it was cheap. I made the TV area large enough to fit most 60’’ tv brands on the market today so when we sell the home (long time from now) people wouldn’t have an issue with it. I wanted the adjustable shelves to accommodate different sized speakers, books, pictures, etc.

This was a great project and we feel it really adds to the home. My wife and I have a great time working together and running ideas by each other.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 03:05 AM

Awesome work!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 06:07 AM

Well done, looks fantastic!

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 12:41 PM

I like that this was a joint project. Not very often that both enter into a project because skills and tastes are so different it poses difficulty with compromise. That being said, you guys did a great job apparently each doing what you do best.

-- DonB

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 02:29 PM

Looks great, planning one soon!

-- Boyd Pettitt Stockbridge, Georgia

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 03:35 PM

That is really nice. Great work and enjoy!

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

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 04:48 PM

Impressive work, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 05:44 PM

Very well done. And impressive that you and your wife can work on the same project together peacefully. Many years ago I was a wallpaper hanger. I got a lot of jobs from divorce attorneys to finish the job so they could sell the home!!

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 08:51 PM

just curious – how are the upper cabinets fixed to the bottom ones
and did you fix any of them to the “wall” ?

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 11:55 PM

Real nice job,did you finish it in place?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 01:03 AM

Vjeko – The left and right shelving units are fixed to the bottom cabinets with six pocket hole screws. You can see it in the unfinished adjustable shelf photo. There is a 3 inch gap between the shelving units and the ceiling concealed by the poplar facing.

Once shelving units were in (and before the facing) I built the top center cabinets as one piece. To fit it into place I screwed some scrap wood onto the top of the center cabinets and had them stick out ~3 inches like wings on an old plane. (See diagram below)

I then slid the upper center cabinets into place and they were supported by the shelves. Once in place I screwed them into the sides of the shelving units.

The lower left cabinet and left shelving unit are screwed into the studs within the wall to the left (covered by trim). The right lower cabinet is pocket screwed into the floor boards via the poplar facing. The holes are covered by the baseboards. In the 3 inch gap between the shelving units, upper center cabinet and the ceiling I put some L shaped pieces of scrap that fastened to the cabinets and the studs in the back wall (all covered but poplar facing).

Hope this helps.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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#11 posted 02-25-2013 01:18 AM

Belg1960 – Yes the were finished in place. Once the cabinets were set and screwed together we filled any cracks/gaps/dings with wood putty and sanded them out. We knew we wanted it to be painted white from the start so this was part of the plan. My wife primed it once and put two coats of semi gloss paint on it. Same color used for base boards.

I knew there would be a little slop here and there cause I don’t have the luxury of owning a large table saw made for cabinets or other large cuts, but I purchased 4X8 sheets of plywood. To process them I used a 99 inch clamp similar to this one and a DW364 circular saw. This worked great but I usually measured a 16th of an inch larger and then ran it through my DW744 table saw to get the piece as close to perfect as I could.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 03:40 PM

Great team work on creating such a beautiful and functional project for the house. Like the design, build and the color.

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#13 posted 08-23-2015 11:51 PM

I hope this is not too late! I just found this website today while looking for an entertainment cabinet to make. I love this one, it’s perfect for our set up. Will you give the dimensions for it?

-- Janet

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#14 posted 08-24-2015 03:43 PM

This is a very nice entertainment center. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 08-24-2015 04:03 PM

JanMac – The overal dimensions are 132” wide, 8 ft tall. Bottom cabinets stick out 22” and the top shelves stick out 11” from wall. The Side bottom cabinets are 32” from the floor. The lower center cabinet is 23.5” from the floor and 55” wide (allows for a 60” TV). From the top of the bottom center cabinet to the bottom of the top middle cabinet is 46.5”.

Hope this helps. I don’t have full plans drawn up.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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