|Project by Alin Dobra||posted 05-20-2010 01:37 AM||2039 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
This is a solid cherry home entertainment center that was quite exciting to design and build. As you can see from the pictures, the cabinet has a lot of hand tool details:
1. The carcass is joined with hand-cut dovetails bot at the top and bottom. I wanted to make sure it is both nice and very sturdy to support a large TV without any possibility of crumbling (even if a toddler climbs on it)
2. The shape of the piece was dictated by the style of furniture I build for my living room (see other projects) and by the utility. I wanted something that is classy and has an immortal, clean style (hope I succeeded).
3. The TV stand is 1 1/4 thick cherry with massive dovetails to ensure it can hold a large TV. I wanted to avoid a square shape and opted for a little slant as well to break the boredom. A nice side effect is that the design pretty much requires hand-cut dovetails since it would be hard to cut with a dovetail jig.
4. The partitioning of the cabinet is dictated by the electronics I want to put inside. The top self in the middle compartment hosts DVD players, a Wii console and a VCR. The bottom a large Receiver. The top part is shorter and there is an air column from the receiver to the back (that is not completely closed) to allow the cooling of the Receiver.
5. Cables are well managed to the point that they are not visible at all from the front and only a little from the sides.
6. The front of the TV lines up with the front of the speakers (to avoid sound delays).
7. The doors are curved (quite a challenge to build) and have plexiglass inserts. The brand I used is called Optiplex and I purchased it from Lowes (quite cheap actually). The nice thing about it is that it bends. Making the doors out of glass would have cost a fortune and would have been a big hazard for my 2 year old daughter.
8. The finish is shellac since it is easy to fix (I know that I will have to refinish the piece in few years with two kids in the house).
-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida