Asian Styled Entertainment Center

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Project by MRue posted 01-06-2015 11:03 PM 2067 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bamboo Plywood with Legs & trim made from Wenge

I wanted it low and long. About 24” high and 7’ wide

Turns out when you make cabinet doors with no 90 degree angles that you can’t hinge them… At least I didn’t know how to. So I made a single dado ‘bypass’ door. With the single track they don’t bypass, but I didn’t want to add the extra depth that the 2nd dado would require. Given the very infrequent use the doors will get, this should not be a problem. I designed a cavity in the front legs the doors slide through.

I mounted aluminum speaker grill mesh into the bamboo frames to obscure the components. I think it’s a nice look and the remotes work just fine

I made the top shelf of the middle section to accommodate a center speaker that I built a few years ago (Phil Bamberg design) the speaker cover is attached with magnets on the top and a little clip for the bottom. The sides of that frame mimics the shape of the legs

Bamboo plywood is interesting to work with. You can get it raw (very blond) or carbonized. I used the carbonized. Heavy, strong and expensive. It finishes up very nicely with BLO, shellac, and a clear finish

Let me know what you think


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#1 posted 01-06-2015 11:37 PM

Nice proportions and wood choice. I like the sliding doors too.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 11:54 PM

This is elegant and innovative! I love that the sliding doors open out – past the body of the piece. Very nicely done!

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 01:14 AM

Well this is a great looking entertainment center! The wood combos look great, and your sliding door solution worked out really well—in fact I’d say I like it better than regular hinged doors!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 01-07-2015 06:35 AM

Looks cool. Great solution for the doors.

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 03:17 PM

very nice, i like…

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 05:08 PM

Very striking design. I dig it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 05:51 PM

This looks very nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 08:25 PM

That is sweet. Love the low design and doors.

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#9 posted 01-10-2015 10:54 PM

this is a really dynamic piece
i like the sliding doors vs hinges and mesh with the wood – great job

-- Greg Simon

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