Walnut Entertainment Center

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Project by Hskrfan posted 11-18-2009 06:52 PM 2117 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a new plasma TV a couple years ago that was too big to fit into the old builtin entertainment center. I finally completed the replacement. I made it in components so that I could take it with me if we move.
The face frames and doors are solid walnut and the shelves, tops and backs are walnut plywood. I finished it with tung oil and wax.

-- Hskrfan

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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 07:07 PM

That is super nice..very well done,, if you decide to put the property on the market,,you better move the cabs out first, somebody will get confused, sure enough

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 07:09 PM

That looks outstanding.

Where do you get walnut ply?

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 07:19 PM

Looks really great. Do you have good ventilation in the back for all the electronics? BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 07:27 PM

I am sure you will enjoy your beautiful project this weekend, watching the Huskers take on the Wildcats in Lincoln on ESPN.

Watch the crowd. I will wave to you. I’ll be the one dressed in red…ha

Seriously, a wonderfully laid out entertainment center. Love the pullouts and the finish! With your components inside your cabinet, did you make any concessions for heat build up (vents, fans etc)?

Thanks for posting! Enjoy!



-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 07:39 PM

Great work and design.

I have the same concern as Dudley. Heat from the components if you close the cabinet when they are being used.

Do you think it would tie the three units together if you put walnut paneling on the walls behind the TV and then used indirect lighting to light it so it wouldn’t be to dark.? Just a thought….

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-18-2009 07:40 PM

That is a gorgeous piece of work!

I like the way you used drawers and pull-outs. Brilliant!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-18-2009 07:54 PM

The piece above the TV – I can’t tell…. is it a cabinet? At first glance I thought you had some sort of platform to roll down for a screen (for a projected image).

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 07:56 PM

Beautiful build, stunning, gave me an idea what to do at my house.

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

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#9 posted 11-18-2009 07:59 PM

Thanks or all the comments. I did have concerns about heat build up in the cabinet also. I considered installing a couple of computer fans but in the end just left the back off the center compartment allowing it to vent to the rear since there is some lost space behind. The cabinet back corners are at a 45 degree angle to allow it to set back somewhat, but there is plenty of room back there for a subwoofer and ventilation.
MN – there are a couple of Hardwood lumber cos here in the Houston area that handle hardwood plywoods.

Heirloom—- Be assured I will be watching for you. Hopefully the Huskers will make it a joyous day. GBR.

-- Hskrfan

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#10 posted 11-18-2009 08:02 PM

mtkate – The piece above the TV is just a hanging shelf. I ran out of 3/4 Walnut Ply so it is mostly solid Walnut.

-- Hskrfan

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#11 posted 11-18-2009 08:25 PM

Beautiful cabinets. You could get rid of a lot of heat just by venting. A hole in the lower front and one in the upper back and air will natrually flow from one to the other and pass over the electronics at the same time. What I was wondering was how you control your equipment. Are you using UHF, IR repeater, or do you just open the door while you watch TV.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 11-18-2009 09:26 PM

Outstanding work. A great home for your electronics

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#13 posted 11-18-2009 11:19 PM

Rex – I use an IR repeater to control the electronics. At the moment I have the sensor just resting on the TV stand. I haven’t decided yet if I want to drill a hole in the front of the cabinet somewhere.

lobro4 – thanks for the comments. Sorry a last week end. At least BB season is here.

-- Hskrfan

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#14 posted 11-18-2009 11:38 PM

Thanks, must be nice having such easy access to the wires when you have to make a change.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#15 posted 11-19-2009 12:21 AM

Nice entertainment center.

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