"Free" Entertainment Unit

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Project by cstrang posted 01-03-2016 09:33 PM 682 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This entertainment unit is made just about entirely of left overs from work that would have gotten thrown away but I decided to take them home and make something. The cabinets are made of left over espresso panels, I milled the stock for the mitred doors out of extra furniture base from various jobs and the glass came in the wrong size one time. The only thing that isn’t recycled is the stain and lacquer on the doors. For something that I got the materials for free I think it turned out rather well!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#1 posted 01-03-2016 09:37 PM

Awesome looking unit! Can’t beat that price, either!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-03-2016 09:38 PM

I must agree with your comment “it turned out rather well!”
Wonderful bit of recycling. Beautiful, and very useful as well.
Nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 01-04-2016 12:16 AM

Rather well times 10. Super nice, and gr8 job of recycling.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 01-04-2016 04:26 AM

Great save CS & nice job on the cabinet.
We just bought a new outdoor setting because the other one is getting too heavy for my wife, moving the chairs that is.
It’s all made from West Australian ‘Jarrah’, a beautiful but heavy hardwood.
If we sold it we wouldn’t get much so I am pulling it all apart and will get plenty of bits for projects.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 01-04-2016 04:35 AM

Everytime I make something I always save the scraps and try to use them later, but wow, that is something else! Nicely done!

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#6 posted 01-04-2016 11:35 AM

Great job and use of extra wood.

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#7 posted 01-04-2016 04:25 PM

wow beauty

How did you do the door material? Love to see a photo of the door with the glass set in. I’m looking to do something like that soon.

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#8 posted 01-04-2016 04:39 PM

It’s very creative to make something like that out of various pieces that are laying around at your work place. You came up with a very nice piece. 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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#9 posted 01-05-2016 10:09 PM

hey Saltcod, I put a rabbit in the back of the door frame and siliconed the glass in, you can also put a dado and use glass rubber to hold the glass in, this makes the glass easily removable if it ever breaks or scratches but the thickness of the wood I used with this profile didn’t allow for that process. The first two are of this ent. unit and the last two have the rubber pictured, first with glass and rubber installed and last just the door frame.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#10 posted 01-31-2016 04:11 PM

Looks great. Excellent use of free components!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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