Entertainment Center #1: Day 1

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 01-26-2010 05:55 AM 1291 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was commissioned to build a “built in” entertainment center but it was under a tight budget. So this project is a paint grade unit, with white melamine base cabinets. This is day 1 on the build. I am blogging this because I am doing this job a little different then I normally would, and I don’t have anything else to do. LOL. Sorry if it takes up to much of your time.
This morning I went to the shop I work at and cut all the material, bored for shelf holes, etc. Then took it back to my garage. This is a job through my business, so my boss doesn’t want it in his shop. Anyhow, here is the material cut and ready for assembly.
The materials used are:
White Melamine, maple plywood, poplar hardwood, and mdf bead board.

I got home and started the assembly. Here is what I got accomplished today.

So far it is going fairly quick. these are frameless cabinets. I added a 1 1/2” top rail in poplar because I am making a countertop with a 1 1/2” hardwood edge that overhangs the cabinet. So it will overhang the front 3/4”. I am also going to put a hardwood edgeing on the shelfs and route a detail. I should be able to get the cabinetry and shelves done tomorrow, and hopfully start the doors. 2 doors will have white speaker fabric. The center doors will have bead board. Its a fairly simple project that hopefully goes well. I’ll give updates as I go. Because this is a low budget build, everything is butt joint, glue and screws. I am using roo glue for the melamine, and yellow glue for the plywood. Get-r-done tater salad.
As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 06:13 AM

That’s pretty darn crisp looking! Looks like you’re going to deliver a lot of bang for the buck. I like the bead-board. Can’t wait to see the end result. Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 06:19 AM

and away we go !

the process and the tools sure make the difference ,
i have a general woodworking shop ,
cabs are more specific in tooling , ( boring and edge banding ) ,
i have to do all that by hand , or buy cab-parts and just make the doors and assemble .
for me now , that is easier , and i just make the doors and end panels and install .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 06:51 AM

You is off to a great start.

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 08:19 AM

Hey Bently. Here is the drawing in KCDW. Sorry, I’m not a sketchup user. The learning curve is out of my league. LOL

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#5 posted 01-26-2010 03:46 PM

As always it will come out fine, I love work work….Thanks a lot for posting.

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#6 posted 01-26-2010 05:29 PM

I thought that you were going to route a detail in the shelf edging? I don’t see that in the drawing. I think that you should start over from the beginning. Just kidding, it’s looking great. That’s a good days work. I find it hard to have that kind of motivation on low budget jobs, which is why I don’t take ‘em anymore.

Tip of the hat to you, sir.

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