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Project by Dadoo posted 06-23-2007 07:49 PM 2970 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Believe it or not, it actually took six years to complete this project! Why, you ask? Because it took that long to convince my wife that we needed a Hi-Def TV for the living room! So this project started out as a credenza (but secretly built big enough to accomodate a 50” TV!). It’s pine on birch plywood. I’m using local maple now for my new projects, but since I started with pine, I had to finish with pine. She loves it and now has it decorated with plants and books and stuff. Truthfully though, I think the movies look the best!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 06-23-2007 08:01 PM

Great looking entertainment center. Sure looks like a fish tank though. I assume that’s a screen saver on the TV.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 06-23-2007 08:36 PM

No…It’s the Finding Nemo movie!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 06-23-2007 09:12 PM

that’s amazing
and boy… talk about “planning ahead”.. you really had that one thought out, didn’t you?? !!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 06-24-2007 02:06 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Very nice entertainment center.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#5 posted 06-24-2007 02:32 PM

Very nice job. I like how you have the door that hide the speakers when closed. Great picture.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 06-24-2007 07:25 PM

wow…great result…Nemo was on tv last night…amazing how clear it comes out on this…I love your forethought…I need to start thinking ahead this way more often…i love the speakers down below…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 06-25-2007 05:57 AM

Tricky but great, I have to do the same thing, well if you want that I’m going to have to get one of these. Yea, I know the trick. Hey whatever works. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 06-26-2007 10:08 PM

You are and inspiration to us all….extraordinary planning. I’ve been planting hints but so far no bite on the high def as yet. What finally convinced the boss?

-- Bob

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#9 posted 06-27-2007 02:53 PM

It was “On Sale”!!!

Still though, she looks at it and asks, “Why do we need such a big TV?”
There are somethings she’ll just never understand!
And thank you all for your compliments…my “inspiration” though, comes from people like yourselves. I’m looking forward to visiting and posting more to this site in the future.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 06-27-2007 03:28 PM

I like the speaker cabinets and bookshelves at an angle. It adds to the the overall look.
I appreciate the comments about “negotiate the next project by” your spouse.
Maple is on my list for woods to work with too. After I negotiate the costs of maple by ….

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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#11 posted 09-06-2007 02:57 AM

hi daddoo

i live 30 minutes south of albany. just curious as to where you get your lumber. i know that hankle lumber is out in your direction but i haven’t dealt with them. i have been to valente’s over in poestenkill and they have a nice inventory.

good job on the e.c. nice workmanship.

-- ernieb westerlo, ny

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#12 posted 09-06-2007 03:19 PM

The pine for this project was picked up at the local lumber company. I hand select all my boards, looking for the best in the pile. I’m also a scrounger of sorts. Check out the pallet and scrap piles at the lumber yard. I found around two dozen of 2×6, 4’ pieces of oak that were once a shipping crate for something heavy. Already turned out some nice garage stairs from those.

The maple I use, some was discovered in an old barn and given to us. It’s 100 year old 1” thick flooring from the old Georgetown Sawmill. They used to make wood flooring there a zillion years ago. It’s now gone but the pond and dam remain. Each board is like 4” wide and 12-14’ long and full of 10p nails. Farmers back then used whatever they had on hand for construction hence the 10p nails. The pile was about 3’ high and 3’ wide. That’s a lotta reclaimed maple for free. Nice treasure find there…I was very excited with that find!
Some other maple I have comes from a buddy who cuts and splits firewood for exercise and profit. A windstorm had dropped a 100 year old tree in his yard so he had it milled. It’s hard as a rock and not too friendly with planer blades, but it is very pure in grain. I got a bunch of 5/4 by 6”, 10 footers for around .50 cents a foot.

So what I’m saying here is to buddy-up with the lumberyard boys and check out your local mills for great, yet cheap wood. Don’t forget to dry it too. :)

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 01-10-2010 04:03 AM

O wow i love it vary cool looking.

-- ))penmaker((

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#14 posted 01-10-2010 04:15 AM

Pretty cool plus kinda sneaky too. I think you must be the only husband on the planet that had a secret plan LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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