Entertainment Center #1: Base Cabinet

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Blog entry by DocK16 posted 12-21-2008 07:58 AM 14475 reads 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With flat screen TV prices dropping like gas and the holidays fast approaching the guys at Woodsmith Magazine were right on target with this months issue featuring an Entertainment/Media Center. PhotobucketI have been looking for unique set of plans for for an Entertainment Center for some time and this months issue arrived the day after the wifey and I agreed a new flat screen would be our Christmas present to each other. If you’re not familiar with Woodsmith check out their website which has the Media Center on the cover. Being the LJ that I am I started builiding right away and I thought this would be a good opportunity to bring the LJ community along for the ride. Who knows maybe you’ll get a big screen for Christmas. Woodsmith plans call for cherry finished plywood but I opted for oak. The only problem was these plans are for a 42” TV so I had to widen the base cabinet to fit the 52” screen we bought. Unfortunately when you start tweeking the numbers for one part of the project you have to change everything to keep it in scale and proportional. Changing the center section also requires changing the case measurements of the side base and upper cabinets, which requires changing the face frames, which requires changing the door and drawer measurements, etc etc. The case construction is basic tongue and dado design.

I used pocket hole joinery for the face frame itself and to attach it to the cabinet.



-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 12-21-2008 01:31 PM

Dock, this is looking pretty good so far. I have been debating one of these as well for our 52” flat screen that is currently sitting on a sofa table with the cable box on the floor.

I will be interested in seeing how this one come out.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 12-21-2008 03:42 PM

Great project, DocK. I look forward to the next update.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 12-21-2008 04:22 PM

Great project Doc. I look forward to following your progress.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#4 posted 12-21-2008 04:32 PM

Oky Doky, lookin’ fine.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-21-2008 07:46 PM

Looking Good!

When I looked at the pictures, my first reaction was “your wife lets you do woodworking in the kitchen?”. The I realized you had some really nice looking shop cabinets!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 12-21-2008 08:09 PM

LOL, I thought that WAS the kitchen till I saw Lew’s comment, had to go back and look. I was thinking…hmm, kitchen is a lot warmer than the garage, I wonder if my kids really want to eat when they come home for Christmas?...Nice work though, looking forward to more.

-- Robin, California

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#7 posted 12-22-2008 01:12 AM

Looking good so far Doc. If it turns out as well as your shop cabinets, it will be fabulous.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#8 posted 02-11-2009 01:37 PM

Man…i have the same plan….I’m glad you are doing it first so I can learn from you….good job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#9 posted 07-31-2010 11:02 PM

You is off to a great start!

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