|Project by hasbeen99||posted 10-28-2009 07:13 PM||2037 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
My cousin is in the process of moving, and needed an entertainment center for his new place. He had some 3/4” birch ply left over from another project, so he asked if I could help him build a simple entertainment center for a flat-panel tv, DVD, and stereo. I said, “Sure, why not?” The deal I made him was I build the unit, and he paints it.
It took about one and a half sheets of 3/4” birch plywood, a few lengths of 1×3/4 birch trim, a few lengths of 3/4” half round trim, and a 4×4 sheet of 1/8” hardboard. It’s simple dado construction—not fancy, but definitely strong enough to do the job. I borrowed an idea from Marc Spagnuolo’s low entertainment center and recessed the back 4” to mount a power strip and hide the cables and power cords. I edge banded the top with the birch trim and softened it with a 1/2” roundover bit. I did get to use my new T&G router bit combo for that, and it worked pretty well. The build portion took a couple of weekends, but I was taking my time, too. A more confident woodworker pressed for time could’ve knocked it out in one weekend, I’m sure.
The finish is plain old rattle can satin black, buffed with a little 0000 steel wool and a coat or two of paste wax. It could’ve been nicer, but he’s happy with it. :o)
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