Well, that seemed to work OK so I thought I’d give you a little more detail about what I am doing. First, I work out of the garage which is shared by many of my other hobbies so space is at a premium. Due to this project I have added several pieces of equipment and I am in the process of building some jigs to help in construction adding to the garage congestion. Enough, on with the project…. The entertainment center is going to be 66 inches long, just over 22 inches high and 24 inches deep. It is being built out of red oak because it is readily available and cheep, emphasis on cheep. I wanted to build it out of the traditional quarter sawn white oak but at 3 times the price and being my first real piece of furniture I decided to go as frugal as possible. The design uses mortise and tenon joinery, will have 2 drawers on each side of which the bottom drawers will hold DVD packages. The two center compartments will have adjustable shelves with glass panel doors.
Some of the hurtles I have made since the start are, one, the four legs. I planned on using 2 inch square legs, one place in Oklahoma City has 10 quarter red oak, the only problem is that the smallest board they had was around 12 inches wide and 15 feet long. Some quick math placed the cost at around 200 bucks, not a good option so I glued up 3 pieces of four quarter oak for the legs. Next issue was trying t get square lumber, although I had a planner I didn’t have a jointer (I do now!) to square things up. A trip to Woodcraft by my lovely wife and I had a Jet 6 inch jointer, now if I just knew how to use it I’d have it made. I think I have it under control now but suffice it to say that there is now more saw dust in this world than there should have been!!
-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!