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Blog entry by RobH posted 09-13-2008 12:46 AM 6551 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all,

The time has come to get started on the television console for our living room. We have been dealing with the same press board and paper furniture for our television and stereo equipment for quite a number of years now. It is starting to get a little wobbly. It is time for something more substantial. Something that will last us a while. Something that will take care of out current needs with an “old style” 4:3 ratio television and that will let us upgrade to high-def in the future (hopefully near future). Well, here is what we have designed.

Overall it is about 74” long and 28” deep. It will be around 31” tall. All of the outer visible wood will be poplar with the panels being MDF beadboard from one of the borgs. Right now the plan is to paint it with Tavern Green milk paint. That plan may change when we get the milk paint samples and see what things will look like. The top is going to be 1-1/4” solid cherry with a natural finish on it.

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The front shows three doors. The two end doors are for storage. Right now, that is planned to be mainly DVD and CDs. These will be on pull-out shelves that will be designed once I get closer to done with this thing. The middle door is access to the stereo components. All three of these door will have locks of some type to keep little mischevious hands (3 and 5 year old) out of it. The space over the middle door is for the center speaker.

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Looking at the back, there are three panels that cover a 4” deep space for running the cables. This means that you will not be able to see the majority of the cable that make other entertainment center look “ugly” (at least that is what the wife says). Anyway, the only wire that will be seen are the ones that will have to exit the structure, and then I will probably run those close to the feet so they cannot be as easily seen. Here is a shot with two of the back panels off so you can see how that works.

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The feature at the center top of the back is a grille for air flow. Behind this grill will be two 120mm computer fans that will pull air through the component compartment. Below is a cutaway view of that compartment.

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The L-shaped shelf at the front top is what the center speaker will sit on. The divider panel on the left of the compartment has been removed to show everything clearer. Behind the speaker shelf are the computer fans to draw air through the compartment. In the bottom center of the compartment there is another grille that will bring the fresh cooler air in. There will be some filter material on the bottom of this grill to hopefully help with the magnitude of dust that seem to get into these things. Those two fans running at half speed should pull 50 cfm through that compartment. The compartment is on the order of 6 cu. ft. in size. I think 8 air exchanges a minute will suffice for cooling the equipment. That is a whole lot more than it is getting now.

So, off I go to start on another woodworking adventure. Hopefully this weekend and next week I will get the plywood carcase built. Hopefully I will have some pictures that look like this by weeks end.

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I try to challenge myself on every new project I undertake. I try to do this by doing something I have never done before. On this project it is the turned bun feet and the vent grilles. I have turned before, but never for a project like this. I have never made anything like the grilles before. It should be fun. As with the bunk beds, I will try to document things as I go so I can share it with all of my woodworking buddies here at LJ.

Now, off to the garage.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA



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sandhill

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#1 posted 09-13-2008 02:18 AM

Rob, Nice design! I would not mind if you sent me a mesured drawing of it. I am sure it would fit like a glove under my wall mounted 46” TV.

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#2 posted 09-13-2008 04:59 AM

Sandhill,

The drawings are all in Sketchup. I will be glad to send you the drawings once I get them all done. It will probably be a couple months before they are completely done. There are a lot of details in this thing.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 09-13-2008 07:05 AM

It looks like you have to have the center door open in order to use any remotes, is this correct? Also, how do the cables run to the TV?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#4 posted 09-13-2008 01:15 PM

I will use the Xantech MicroLink to take care of the remote control signals. From what I have read it works good. Cable for the TV will either come out one of the panels and up to the TV or will come up through the back fan plenum and then through the top. My wife has not decided which one she would prefer. Either way it is just another couple of holes and some grommets.

I have not put all the holes in the design yet. I still need a place for power to exit, the speaker cables need to come out somewhere, there are a couple of ethernet cables that will need to come out also. So this is a work in progress, but we are making progress.

The microlink is a bullet style infrared eye that is place in a face frame rail or stile. The eye is connected to a connector block which redistributes the IR signals to all of the components. Like I sais above, it looks like from the A/V forums I have been reading, that this sytem works very well.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#5 posted 09-13-2008 04:14 PM

OK, I didn’t even know such a thing as the MicroLink even existed.. :)

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#6 posted 09-13-2008 06:50 PM

I love them. I have the Logitech Harmony RF Wireless Extender in my home. My wife and I have a 1.25 drive from work now and since I went back to work I can’t start dinner so I am looking for an oven I saw on TV that keeps your food cold until you call it from your cell phone to start cooking or warming so its ready when you walk in the door. We eat out all most every night on the way home because by the time we get home and cook a meal its 9 PM when we sit down to eat. I figure the cost of eating out would pay for the high price of an oven like that. Rob don’t sweet the plans I am getting rid of my shop except for the band saw, uni-saw and hand tools. Next year I will be getting new equipment FS-41 & a CNC router for the shop so just about all my panels will come from the CNC. Hence, the reason I went back to work – - – To re-tool the shop.

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#7 posted 09-15-2008 02:32 AM

I’ve seen that oven, on a “Kitchens of the Future” show, I don’t think it’s commercially available but I sure bet it would sell like hotcakes when it does become so! :) :)

What time do you get home? Have you looked in pre-cooking and freezing microwaveable/bakeable meals? Or into those 30 min cookery meals? (Not Rachael Ray’s.)

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#8 posted 10-13-2008 07:56 PM

Wow… this galoot suddenly has a Future Shock headache…

Looks like a cool design! I’m looking forward to the rest of the posts!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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