New Entertainment Center

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Blog entry by akbar56 posted 07-22-2009 08:37 PM 1386 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We got a new TV recently and since it is one of those all in one units (big screen and big speaker underneath) my old entertainment center had to go. However, I still need some where to put all my components. Here is the sketchup of my new design.

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I am reclaiming the wood from my old entertainment center so anything that is gray in the above pic is 3/4 Birch ply finished with black lacquer. The trim and back support are 3/4 poplar and the front supports will be 1/2 steel pipe. The opening on the bottom is for the subwoofer and each shelf holds a single component.

Here is a close up of the back showing the back support dadoed into the shelves.

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So far I have demoed out the old center and cut those components down. All shelves have been dadoed. This weekend I will be finishing up the trim and getting it all ready for assembly.

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#1 posted 07-22-2009 10:16 PM

Looks nice. You should save a few bucks reclaiming from your old one. Does the TV sit on the floor? Look forward to the final result.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 07-22-2009 10:25 PM

Yes indeed on the savings. I made the old unit years ago (and one of the first things I ever made for my wife and I) so I was sad that it would have to go. Letting it be reborn in this new unit seemed very fitting for me.

The TV itself does sit on the floor (48 inches high on its own) so this new unit will sit beside it.

Forgot to mention that the big opening in the bottom is for the sub woofer.

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 01:12 AM

I just was glancing over this and was wondering if it is a good idea to keep a subwoofer just below A/V components…I understand that most modern speaker magnets are insulated but I am uncertain if subwoofer magnets are as well. Anyhow, goodluck.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 05:07 AM

Cool design

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 05:28 PM

@ladiesman: My sub is shielded pretty well so I don’t see this being an issue. I currently have it underneath a small table that the rest of my components sit on and haven’t had any issues.

@a1Jim: Thanks! I am finally almost done with it (had some major snafus in the finishing department) so expect shots of it up in projects soon.

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