Starbuck's Coffee Entertainment Center #1: The Design

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Blog entry by Kevin Wilson posted 06-27-2008 02:19 AM 2482 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone,

Well, it looks like I’ve got some work to do! I’ve had a customer bring me a table top that was saved from a closing Starbuck’s Coffee Shop. At first, he wanted a coffe table made from it, but then changed his mind and wanted to use it to top a small entertainment center. The unit will sit directly below a wall-mounted flat screen tv, and needs to house some stereo components and dvd’s.


Neat top, huh!? Materials are some beautiful 8/4 black walnut I’ve got my hands on and some maple panels. I wanted the cabinet below to accent the curves of the top. And at a finish height of only 21”, I wanted a stout base that would add a heavy look to the whole piece. The back will have a removable panel for access to all the cables, connections, and a power center. I’ll use adjustable shelving on the left side of the cabinet, and fixed shelves spaced for cd’s and dvd’s on the right.

Isometric left

As things progress I will, of course, keep updating the blog. Oh, and don’t worry about the hole in the top. I’m working on a design for a walnut swiveling speaker mount for the center channel surround sound speaker.

-- Can't never did nothin' - Grampa Knapp

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Greg Wurst

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#1 posted 06-27-2008 02:46 AM

I get a small smile on my face when I think of one of those purveyors of overpriced coffee closing. Looks like an interesting project. Looking forward to seeing the progress.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#2 posted 06-27-2008 03:25 AM

They actually closed a Staruck’s? What was their secret? Details please . . .

How about making torsion box shelves or at least adding nosing to them? You could use MDF for a spline between the t.b. shelves and then rip some veneers for the nosing to follow the curves. This would give the base some heft or visual weight that simple 3/4 shelves won’t. It would also be easy cheesy lemmon squeezy in keeping with the Starbuck’s theme.

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#3 posted 06-27-2008 03:27 AM

Very interesting… I’d love to see what it looks like when finished!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 06-27-2008 05:37 AM

Pretty creative.

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#5 posted 06-27-2008 07:13 AM

this is a cool project Kevin. Im looking forward to seeing the finished product.

-- bryano

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#6 posted 06-27-2008 05:59 PM

Sorry guys…I don’t know anything about the Starbuck’s closing. I’ll try to see if I can get some details! Grumpycarp, I like the idea of thickening the shelves with a nosing. I’ll have to check and see if I have enough vertical space to do that and still fit the stereo components in. Thanks for the idea!

-- Can't never did nothin' - Grampa Knapp

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