Entertainment Center #1: getting started!

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Blog entry by Fireball posted 10-19-2007 01:27 AM 1202 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Although I haven’t completed many big projects before, I got the hair-brained idea to construct a large built in entertainment center in our media room. I am hoping to get the carcasses and face frames built fairly quickly, then take some time to build a large drawer at the bottom and doors at the top.

The whole unit will be 10’ wide by 8’ high. Below is a photo of the area before the project started.


I really need to learn how to use Sketchup, but for now my hand drawings will have to do. This is the mockup I drew before getting started. I planned to build 4 seperate boxes. The biggest and deepest would house the TV, and have an open shelf above and below the TV for speaker and A/V components. Also planned to add two drawers at the bottom of this unit. The flanking boxes would have a big space at the bottom to accomadate the main speakers, with a few open shelves above and matching doors at the top. I planned the box on the far left to be very shallow and have lots of shelves to hold CDs and DVDs.

entertainment center sketch

We decided to build it out of white oak, so bought 6 sheets of 3/4” plywood for the carcasses, 3 sheets of 1/4” oak ply for the backs, and about 120bf of QSWO for the face frames and door rails and stiles.

And thus, a project begins!

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#1 posted 10-19-2007 02:44 AM

hey there fireball sounds like a great project . i do a lot of entertainment centers . i usually put doors at the bottom that have drawers behind them i just like the uniformity of the doors ill post one on my page . have fun !

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#2 posted 10-19-2007 03:01 AM

Go for it, keep us informed.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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