I finished the dining room cabinets and started thinking about my next adventure in woodworking. I had been using a couple of room dividers against a wall in the family room to house the television and some stereo equipment. My family gave me a DVD player and a surround sound system as a gift. The more I thought about it the more need I had for a ‘proper’ entertainment center. I researched the magazines and the internet to come up with a picture of something that would work for me. Nothing really fit, but I got some good ideas. I found a big screen high definition television that I wanted to purchase in the future. So, to the drawing board to design an entertainment center that would fit the future TV and the surround sound system.
I wanted the center cabinet to house the future TV and equipment. I also wanted the subwoofer in the center and slide out drawers on each side to store tapes and DVDs. There is a niche in the family room so I designed it to fit. To give it some balance I built matching cabinets on both sides of the center cabinet flush with the front of the niche. The center cabinet only takes up an increased 9” of projection into the room.
So, I started to build the cabinet boxes. The center cabinet is 52” wide and 24” deep and about 76” high. After building the box I measured everything up and found that the only way to get it in the house was through a window in the family room. I could bring it in either the front or back door but couldn’t make the turns to get it in the family room. Oh, oh, I also couldn’t tilt it up to get it in place without obstruction from the ceiling. I fixed the problem by cutting off the top portion where the TV will sit and assembly them back together once in place. Then to hide the seam I would apply ¼” veneer to cover the entire sides. I also cut out a 6” high section of the entire width of the wall and screwed in a 1” x 6” nailer to the wall studs to the cabinets would be secure. That’s always a good idea but in earthquake country it is even a better idea.
Then I made the side cabinets. Installation took about a day. Face frame next and then measuring for the drawers and doors. Half way through the project I ran out of storage room in the Shop so I converted the living room into a temporary storage area.
I eventually replaced the TV in the picture with that HD Television I wanted. Then I waited about a year before I installed an HD satellite system. I can’t afford to do everything a once. A little bit of patience always seems to pay off.
-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.