Walnut and Maple entertainment center

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Project by JT Thomas posted 07-27-2007 05:29 AM 1709 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I bought my home it had a “bump out” in the wall of the living room for an entertainment center. I added the unit shown in 4 different pieces over several months.

The bottom was the first piece. It is done using maple ply for the main part of the cabinet and solid maple for the face frames. The doors on the front slide from the middle to the outside and the outside to the middle. Adjustable shelves fill the inside. The doors are trimmed with solid walnut cut on a miter with maple ply centers. This was done for stabiltiy.

The right side is a slide open DVD/CD case. It uses a double full extension slide on the bottom and a single on the top.

The left side has movable shelves and had a slide out drawer like the DVD case to allow access to the back of the components. The speaker and other wiring are terminated in the back of the cabinet with connectors for a clean hookup.

The top has adjustable shelves and halogen lights.

The walnut trim around the cabinet has maple inlay strips for accent.

The back (behind the TV) is made to remove for access to wiring.

-- JT - "It only costs a nickle more to go first class!"

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#1 posted 07-27-2007 06:01 AM

Nice! I like the easy access to the wiring!

-- John

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#2 posted 07-27-2007 06:41 AM

Wow What awesome work… Very professional.. I agree with the wiring part.. Easy access is important. Hubby works for Cable Co. and its a pain for them to work on the cable when the wiring is behind such large pieces of furniture..
It fits in the wall perfectly and the lighting adds such a nice touch..

Awesome work

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#3 posted 07-27-2007 07:58 AM

Excellent planning and execution. Your entertainment center is awesome. Good job!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 07-27-2007 09:26 AM

Very nicely done!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 07-27-2007 11:36 AM

Love the design and colouring of the woods!

And the pull-out sections. Brilliant!. Yah… brilliant.
Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 07-27-2007 01:25 PM

It looks great, the proportions seem to work well. Was making it in 4 parts by design or necessity? In case you ever change the size of the TV it makes it easier to change the set up and accommodate a larger TV.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#7 posted 07-27-2007 01:39 PM

This is one of the nicer entertainment storage units I’ve seen, JT.

The contrasting woods give a real professional touch. And as has already been noted, the way you’ve done the cable management is very smart.

Terrific job!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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JT Thomas

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#8 posted 07-27-2007 01:41 PM

I just joined LumberJocks yesterday, and I have to say this is nicest bunch of people I have run across on the Internet! Everyone has been so nice commenting about the projects and welcoming me to the site.

The functionality of the site is also very good.

As for making the unit in 4 parts, that was done by necessity. The total unit is about 8’ by 8’. It would have been impossible to get into the house in one piece and too heavy for me and my wife to get moved.

The TV installed is about as big as the room will accomodate (61 in.). I don’t see me changing things to get a bigger TV in the space, but you never know. :)

Thanks to ALL for your nice comments.


-- JT - "It only costs a nickle more to go first class!"

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#9 posted 07-27-2007 08:44 PM

I agree with all the other comments. Very nice use of color and lighting. The only thing I can add is a question about the printer. That seems like a very interesting place to put a printer, is there any particular reason?

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#10 posted 07-28-2007 06:04 AM

Absolutely fantastic work.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 07-28-2007 12:27 PM

In answer to VTWoody’s question about the printer, that is a temporary location till I get some end tables completed. One of the end tables will have a location for a printer so it is not out in full view.

I do a lot of photography and use that printer for 4 X 6 prints. Since I do most of the work from my laptop in front of the TV, it is nice having a printer close.

Thanks again for the nice comments!

-- JT - "It only costs a nickle more to go first class!"

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#12 posted 08-01-2007 05:27 PM

Great ideas in this project. The ease of access to cabling is great.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 08-24-2007 10:58 PM

OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!! That is absolutely spectacular! Did you by chance take any construction photos along the way? I understand completely either way…....Just about finished on a new bench for my shop and even though I did take a few pictures I can’t count the number of times I found myself looking over the day’s progress thinking I should have taken more, sorry , this isn’t about me, I just wanted to stop by for a napkin to wipe the drool off my chin at your work! If I ever approach that level of skill I will feel blessed in the shop for sure. Please, if you have more to share…..............

I truley love both maple and walnut and just relish an opportunuity to see them together when it is well done.

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#14 posted 08-25-2007 03:14 AM

fantastic work. do you have anymore detail about the bottom doors? are the outside doors set further in than the middle doors to facilitate sliding?

-- Rick - Spring, TX

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#15 posted 08-25-2007 04:06 AM

Great design and great craftsmanship. I saw the tables first and then spotted this post. Outstanding.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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