This is my plan for a media center that is a more-or-less match for the Walnut Coffee Table I completed a couple of months ago. The dimensions are about 24×58-3/4×20 3/4.
A couple of points of interest in the design. The drawers on the bottom are sized to hold about 180 DVDs all together. The back panels will be removable and the shelves will have cutouts in the back to make hooking up cabling easier, and the drawers will stop a couple inches short of the back to allow for a recess at the bottom for cable routing.
You might also see that there is a compartment in the center behind the thin middle shelf. First, these middle shelves will hold a couple rows of Blu-Ray disks if I figured everything out correctly. Then, the shelf and panel behind the shelf will be removable to allow access to a battery operated backup power unit which supplies power to the TV and satellite receiver during our occasional short power outages, and also surge protection to other home theater items.
The plan is to be able to easily slide this unit out, make whatever connections need to be made, then slide this almost all the way against the wall with all the wiring hidden, and also have easy access to the power unit if necessary. I have already made a large wooden channel which will hide the wires as they come down from the wall to the area behind this center, so the plan is a nice, neat look for our all new home theater area.
As for construction, I have already cut many of the pieces of lumber that I will need to glue up to make the shelves and panels. Unlike the coffee table, there won’t be any floating panels in this unit, so I will have to be doing a lot of panel glue ups soon.
The plan right now is to finish up the rough lumber cutting and start getting some planing done this week. Since we have already gotten rid of our old Sauder entertainment center and are temporarily using the coffee table for the home theater equipment, this is one project I really can’t wait to finish. So, if my job and life in general will allow it, I hope to be reporting back soon with a progress report.