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06-04-2018 12:45 PM

I’m looking for some ideas or plans for a ~50” wide entertainment center to go under my wall mounted TV. I know the general idea for how it’s built with a box, a top and a face frame. I have a good table saw (SawStop PCS) but no joiner or planer or sander. I do have a machine shop but that’s for another place lol.

JT


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#1 posted 06-04-2018 12:51 PM

so you want to build it out of traditional lumber as opposed to mainly plywood?

You can go to pinterest for all sorts of ideas. or do a search here for entertainment center.

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#2 posted 06-04-2018 12:55 PM

No, I want to use some 3/4” oak plywood I have on hand from a table project. I really dislike pinterest for some reason…

JT

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#3 posted 06-04-2018 02:11 PM

Oh, ok. The comments about no jointer or planer or sander had me confused, since you won’t need any of those if you’re building out plywood.

Since you don’t like pinterest, then you can search on here or search google. Or you can look thru the google sketchup warehouse.

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#4 posted 06-04-2018 03:01 PM

What type of doors are you looking to use? Traditional cabinet doors of some sort, or sliding barn doors?
Everything else is just a plywood box. Do you have any images of what you have in mind?

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#5 posted 06-04-2018 05:08 PM

I don’t know exactly what you’re looking for in an entertainment center, but I built one in 2011…It’s made of 3/4” Oak plywood, plenty of cubby holes for components, and trimmed out in Oak hardwood….Has sliding drawers for storage of CD’s, DVD’s, and extra cords for hook-ups, and remote controls, etc…..Go to my woodshop projects and take a look at it, along with a description of the build…..I had a 73” tv at the time, but now have an 86”, and still has plenty of room to sit on the top….

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#6 posted 06-04-2018 08:40 PM



What type of doors are you looking to use? Traditional cabinet doors of some sort, or sliding barn doors?
Everything else is just a plywood box. Do you have any images of what you have in mind?

- BFamous

I’m thinking a couple of glass doors and maybe a couple drawers for DVD’s and a few open spots for the electronics.

JT

JT

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#7 posted 06-04-2018 08:41 PM


I don t know exactly what you re looking for in an entertainment center, but I built one in 2011…It s made of 3/4” Oak plywood, plenty of cubby holes for components, and trimmed out in Oak hardwood….Has sliding drawers for storage of CD s, DVD s, and extra cords for hook-ups, and remote controls, etc…..Go to my woodshop projects and take a look at it, along with a description of the build…..I had a 73” tv at the time, but now have an 86”, and still has plenty of room to sit on the top….

- Rick Dennington

Hi Rick,

That’s sorta what I was thinking, thanks for the photos, I’ll study them a bit and see if I can draw up my plans. I like the drawers and the legs.

JT

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#8 posted 06-04-2018 09:11 PM

JT, here's another option. FWIW

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#9 posted 06-05-2018 01:05 AM

woodsmith has a couple of plans for entertainment centers one uses a few sheets of 3/4 ply

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#10 posted 06-05-2018 03:37 AM

Layout here is important no matter what you do. You know how tall it can be, how wide and deep. Those are the basics. Start with what exactly you want to store in it. Make a list, get the dimensions of the stuff you intend to store and work out how much drawer space / cubby hole space you need. Sure you can make what I call all purpose drawers but if you want to take advantage of the space laying it out will be your best bet.

Several projects here on LJ’s have showcased this type of planning. Do a search and see what designs you like and incorporate them into your final.

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#11 posted 06-05-2018 12:59 PM

Art, your inspiration piece is sorta what I had in mind.

Thanks
JT

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#12 posted 06-05-2018 01:00 PM

Thanks for the layout tip.

JT

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