|Project by briwalkr||posted 07-04-2009 04:37 AM||5404 views||15 times favorited||17 comments|
OK – this is one of those give and take projects. I wanted a new flat screen TV for our great room. However, my wife said that the only way I could get it was if I built a piece of furniture to sit it on that matched the Arts and Crafts style house we just finished building.
Since the woodwork in the house we inspired by the Gamble House built by Greene and Greene in 1908 in Pasadena CA. (pictures included – no the pictures are not of my house.) I looked to see which details I could incorporate in the entertainment center. I choose the classic “Cloud Lift” and rays used by the brothers Greene to represent the sun in the window screens on the house.
The main piece is made from 8/4 Cherry milled down to 1 5/8” to match the some other pieces I have in the house. The depth is 21” to accept the stereo components, and the top is 60” wide. The back is all open to aid in ventilation of the components. The front black mesh on the doors is from Rockler. It is a fabric mounted to a semi-stiff plastic backer that is perforated for use on stereo speakers. It allows the signal from the IR remote to pass through to the receivers and allows airflow to keep them cool.
—UPDATED – 7/4/2009
Based on the comments, I added some detail pictures of the doors. Here is the process I used to transfer the detail to my project.
- I used the picture of the Gamble House window
- I enlarged it and printed it on plain paper until the proportion was correct (I have another picture with my wife’s hand in it as a gauge).
- I then cut out the printed picture and transferred it on to a full size drawing of the door.
- Then the detailed marking and cutting process began
I made the screen retention system easily removable. I have a small one on the way, and I expect I may have to replace this at some point in the future (even with the plastic backer there is going to probably be a point with a finger, hand or toy wants to push its way through).
-- Brian - Virginia