built-in entertainment center

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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 03-07-2009 07:01 PM 23044 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little quick built in entertainment center painted swiss coffee. The first picture is the initial design in KCDW presented to the client. While discussing it with the client we put the speaker cloth on the center section instead of the side, made the panel above the TV a single flip up panel, and got rid of the french lights in the doors. The only thing I don’t like about KCDW is that there is no carvings or elements. These carvings are from pearlworks. As always any comments positive or negative are welcome and appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-07-2009 07:03 PM

Very nice Keith. A great looking center.

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#2 posted 03-07-2009 08:11 PM

Very nice addition for that home.
I’m curious how you got the depth for the inset?
What’s on the other side?


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#3 posted 03-07-2009 08:44 PM

Bob, here in Southern California the architects have a fling with niches. Most new homes have weird “holes” in the wall that look out of place and need filled in most cases. It’s not a bad thing for me because (well previously) lots of folks like to have something “built-in” to these. So it’s just the way the house was built. I did rip out one someone else had previously installed. It was about a year old and the drawers were already colapsing. Had the cheap epoxy guides and was all melamine. Homeowner came to their senses the second time and had it done right.

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#4 posted 03-07-2009 09:04 PM

Looks good Keith.


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#5 posted 03-07-2009 09:22 PM

Very interesting design and idea. The only thing that bothers me is the “flip” up above the TV. It seems to throw the balance and symmetry out of wack. Could you fit in below?
Also in built in units like this you need to allow for ventilation of heat. All those electronics (including monitors) put off self destructive heat and need good ventilation for long life. Possibly small out of sight low voltage exhaust fans that turn on with the components would do the job. Radio Shack and others have them. I have connected them to the surge protector which I also use as a master on and off switch for my system. That way they come on whenever the system is used.

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#6 posted 03-07-2009 10:32 PM

Awesome work Keith!

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#7 posted 03-07-2009 10:34 PM

LesB, the center channel speaker is typically centered above the TV, thus the placement of the flip up panel. For ventilation the center section is vented out the back. Heat escapes up and out above the crown. Good points. Hope I answered them well.

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#8 posted 03-08-2009 04:55 AM

Another beauty Keith.

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#9 posted 03-08-2009 07:08 PM

Beautiful. You’ve done a magnificent job at matching the built in to the room.


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#10 posted 03-08-2009 10:49 PM

I like it Keith. Great effect.

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#11 posted 03-09-2009 01:41 AM

Great job Keith. I see you like to use pearlworks alot. We use quite a bit of it ourselves. Takes awhile to get it from CA to NC though.

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#12 posted 03-09-2009 06:31 AM

Another fantastic piece! It looks super.

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#13 posted 07-27-2009 10:32 AM

Very nice, that came together so beautifully, I really like it.

Professional Job to say the least.

How many hours do you have in it by chance if you wouldn’t mind me asking?


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#14 posted 07-27-2009 03:59 PM

thanks for the comment chris. It probably took less then 30 hours.

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#15 posted 02-11-2010 04:38 AM

very nice built in… looks great… very good match with the sketchup…

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