Entertainment Center/Cabinet Built In #1: My Wife has put a challenge up for me.

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Blog entry by docholladay posted 08-24-2010 05:17 AM 2301 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK folks. Who wouldn’t want to take on this deal? Recently, my wife and I went into Best Buy. I don’t remember what we went to get. Probably something for her phone or something like that. Anyway, llike any normal male sports fan, I was drawn toward the flat screen TV’s. I was looking at a 46” unit in particular when my wife says to me, “If you will build this cabinet system (incorporating a space for said TV), I will buy that TV for you.” First of all, I’m not so naive as to not understand that, ultimately, I am the one that will pay for this TV, but the lengths that we guys will go to in order to be able to purchase something like that with our spouses blessing, can be pretty great at times. Anyway, I did a little bit of mental math on approximate materials cost and basic design ideas began to run through my head and then I said, I’ll give it a shot. Well the project has begun (no pics yet). My youngest son and I spent the day in the shop on Saturday and assembled some of the basic boxes for the base cabinets. To get some perspective, this will be a base cabinet system along a wall in the great room of our home. The wall is approximately 30 feet long on either side of a fire place. All total, approximately 24 feet of cabinets with shelves to the ceiling above the cabinets. I’m not very concerned about the construction. I am still working out some of the final design details and that is what is proving to be a real challenge for me. Too bad there isn’t enough time to get this finished in time for college football season. It sure would be cool to be looking at that big TV when the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field on the first weekend of Sept. Maybe I can have it finished in time for bowl games at the end of the season. Who knows, maybe I could be watching the guys take another National Championship on that new TV. Sound lik a motive to get myself in the shop and get to work.



-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 05:41 AM

Sounds like fun.

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 06:08 AM

I’ve been motivated to do the same thing, though not to the extent (24’!) as you are. A small entertainment center to house a 47” (or bigger? 50”???) with retracting doors and drawers.

We’ve been ‘looking around’ for some kind of center to hold a flat screen, but what we’ve seen is either expensive pressed sawdust, or crap construction. Found one place here in town who will make one to order, yet the floor model had crooked drawers. Now, I’m no expert cabinet maker, but you’d think the display would be darn near perfect? Apparently not….

I told the wife, ‘I could do a better job than that and I’ve never made one’. So, therein lies the motivation. I’ll be interested in seeing what you create!

Sounds like fun to me too!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 07:20 AM

I have a basic design concept in my head. The wall is 30’ long, but has a fireplace hearth in the center that is approx. 6 ft wide. On one side will be the home entertainment system. On the other side, will be mostly storage and shelving with a fold down desk that will provide a place to connect up a laptop and to have cell phone chargers and things like that. Right now, I just need to find a good deal on some cabinet grade plywood. Also, as with any project from the honey do list, I’ve got to find some way to fanagle a new tool out of this. I think I see a new jointer in my future. At least some new router bits for the profiles on the cabinet doors.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 08:36 AM

Hi Doc,
I think you made a wonderful deal with your wife.
Not only are you allowed to buy all the wood and stuff for your project, but you are also getting a price at the end! Perhaps you should squeese in a need for some new tools… I smile.
Good travel, now we need some pictures,
best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 08:49 AM

Good luck on the build! I hope you’ll post photos. Can’t wish you luck for the season though. As a Dolphins fan I have a special part of my hate organ reserved for Nick Saban.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 12:44 PM

big chanlance like that even with a prize in the end
you deffently have to include minimum 5 new tools
and it shuold bee of the category
drool can´t lieve whitout them but you don´t need them :-)

looking forward to see the progress


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#7 posted 08-24-2010 01:54 PM

Doc, what a blessing and a great thing to look for. Well, your wife’s going to give you a new TV and pay for it with your own money – ain’t family life grand. I’m going to have to study up on this sort of thing to make things run a little more smoothly around here. Nice work; and you get a reason to build a wonderful project to boot. I hope that it all works out fine and you know what you better do? Check your tools out; you know you may need a tool or two that will make this project go better. Yep, a new flat screen tv, a new entertainment center, and a few more tools to make it all go smoothly. I hope that it all goes well for you.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 08-24-2010 02:20 PM

Good luck and have fun with the EC, Doc. A new jointer is absolutely necessary in the construction of these, just don’t get the Porter Cable/Delta bench top model, they stink up the joint.

Another Championship for Alabama? Alright, as long as you can do it without Nick Satan.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#9 posted 08-24-2010 03:19 PM

Sounds more like work to me Beginningwoodworker, and wreck said it well regarding the pmt. thing. :D And Doc, that sounds like a 2-tool project to me, easilly. You go girl!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 08-24-2010 03:27 PM

I love work, rance.

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#11 posted 08-25-2010 04:28 AM

Only thing is, I seriously doubt that I will buy a new jointer. Probably just as I did with my table saw, band saw and planer, I will most likely look for, find and repair/restore an old tool. This way, it will be less expensive and 2 an old tol will be put back to good use.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 08-25-2010 08:10 AM

well there most be a handtool or 5 you can sneak in under it…....LOL

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