Built In Entertainment Center

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Project by ten4cmor posted 09-13-2013 12:23 AM 10626 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the entertainment center after two months. The wife and I were considering selling our home and buying a new home with a larger garage but after the builder kept stringing us along we decided that a low house payment and low interest rate on our current home was just fine to stay in for a while. So with that the wife pulled out a list of projects and we got started.

I started with a google sketchup of the room to help me plan while my wife pulled out all the photo’s she could find on pinterest and we came up with a final plan. Then made a cut sheet and off to the big orange store for lumber.

The case is put together with pocket screws with pine ply from the big orange store and face frame is poplar. Latex white paint for the paint. Doors are poplar frame and mdf center. I thought I learned my lesson with latex paint on a previous project but i didn’t. The paint work is less than perfect but the wifey is happy so that makes me happy.

Thanks to my wife’s grandfather for letting me borrow a set of cabinet router bits and his woodpecker coping jig (which is awesome), otherwise this project would not have finished.

Overall a fun project, now I am getting friends and family asking when I am going to build their’s!

Enjoy and any question or suggestions are welcome.

-- "Truth is not based on belief but rather belief is the intended response to Truth"

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 01:12 AM

Looks Awesome. Did you use primer ?

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 01:17 AM

Very nicely done—looks great, and I’m sure the wife is very happy. Both of you have every right to be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 09-13-2013 02:39 PM

Very nice Chris. Great planning and great execution.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 09-13-2013 05:19 PM

Very nice indeed. I really like the overall balance you have achieved. I am working up the nerve to try something like this in the next 6 months – working on crown molding experience right now…. ( yes the swear jar has been enriched during this project) and will move on to bookcases soon.

But a few questions:

1. The two side book cases – do they have a plywood backing or did you just paint the wall ?
2. Interest choice on the bottom with the 2 side doors and an open center exposing some stereo equipment. What drove that design consideration ?
3. what was the hardest part/unexpected issue you had to work around

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#5 posted 09-13-2013 05:57 PM

Looks great! I built built-ins for my living room and ran into the same problem with using latex paint. The woodwork came out good, but the paint job has left something to be desired. I ended up sanding the whole thing again to scuff it up, adding a layer of primer and now I’m doing a top coat of oil based paint. I’ll let you know how it comes out!

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#6 posted 09-13-2013 06:45 PM

Thank you for the comments everyone!
Routerisstillmyname- I used two coats of swiss coffee color Behr primer and paint (Premium Plus Ultra)

MrStyle- I dig your profile name
1) The visible portion of the side bookcases (above the doors) have a 1/4” sandy ply backing and painted the same color as the rest of the book case. The portion covered with the doors are exposed to the wall in the back. We left the wall painted so the sections above the TV expose the tan wall is behind it which adds some contrast.
2)The middle bottom section will eventually have a subwoofer and the long horizontal section just below the TV will contain a sound-bar. (Saving money for these items). The section behind the door to the right of the subwoofer opening has a shelf with a Wii and a surge protector screwed to the back wall which everything is plugged into. I also drilled holes to the bottom shelf of the bookcases to allow a cord to plug in scentsy’s or lamps etc. that my wife will use.
3) The crown molding was the most difficult part of the project. I purchased a Milescraft crown jig which helped tremendously. When cutting out the 2” crown section that connects the less deep book cases (16” deep) with the center TV section (18” deep) I made numerous cuts to get it just right and even then it required some caulking to fill in the gaps.

DBuonomano- Please let me know how your paint completion goes, I may decide to do something similar.

-- "Truth is not based on belief but rather belief is the intended response to Truth"

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#7 posted 09-14-2013 12:26 AM

Nice job Chris !
Smart idea to stay put for a while & make your current place more comfortable for you.
I can’t wait to see what else is on your wife’s list as you post the completed projects.
That one came out great !

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#8 posted 09-14-2013 12:44 AM

Nice Built In Entertainment Center.

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#9 posted 09-17-2013 04:27 PM

It looks great and well planned. A great transformation and addition for your home. You should be proud. Congrats to both you and your wife.

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