Where it all began...

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Project by Muzhik posted 09-18-2007 06:40 AM 2303 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

... well almost. This is the SECOND project I ever built. The first was an aquarium stand done in the same style to get my feet wet (apologies for the horrible pun).

Like many of us, I started woodworking out of a perceived necessity with dilusions of saving money and getting exactly what I wanted out of projects instead of settling for what was overpriced in a furniture store. I couldn’t find an entertainment center to fit my needs and my budget, so I set out to design and build my own.

I used oak veneer plywood and hardwood boards purchased from Lowe’s (so much for saving money), put all the shelves in dados instead of making the adjustable and only built it for my 27” TV at the time because I didn’t know better. It came apart into two major pieces (top and bottom) that were both insanely heavy. As you can see, I built in plenty of media storage.

I wound up selling it 5 years later for a whopping 300 bucks so that I could move in the new living room furniture that I was building at the time. I’d say all in all I probably lost 400 bucks just in materials on the whole ordeal. But I wouldn’t change a thing about the whole experience. It started me down this crazy woodworking road!

Thanks for allowing me to recount my past in front of you all.

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#1 posted 09-18-2007 11:17 AM

Thank you for sharing the story. Setting aside saving money as a primary motivation, this is a great project! It is beautiful and functional, what more can a person ask for? And, it sounds like you learned a lot building it. The lighted recesses on top are a nice touch, as are the drawer storage down at the floor level.

-- Robb

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#2 posted 09-18-2007 01:21 PM

For $300 bucks I’d say someone got a great deal on a nice entertainment center. I love the way the doors tuck in along side the TV. The drawers disguised a shelves are sweet, those got a double take from me.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#3 posted 09-18-2007 03:03 PM

I have to say, that is extremely impressive for a 2nd project. And I agree with Shaun – $300 was a bargain for the buyer.

-- John

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#4 posted 09-18-2007 03:31 PM

You’re second project went door and drawer happy! I think it’s great. Pocket doors on your second project? Ambitious design. It looks great. I really like pieces like this. I think they really add to a room plus gather up all the media electronics and hide them away until ready to use. Nice job!

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

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#5 posted 09-18-2007 04:18 PM

Great Job. Sorry you didn’t get to keep it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 09-18-2007 09:24 PM

Sooo, the money we save by building our own can go to new power tools, right? Then we can build bigger and better! Keep it going!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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