Mahogany Media Cabinet

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Project by Brad posted 06-08-2010 10:37 AM 3547 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a great project! I took the idea from a Pottery Barn design but of course I changed a few things mostly a larger open space adjustable shelves, dovetailed drawers, and REAL mahogany not 1/1000” veneers. I was happy how it turned out and it definitely upgraded us from our old IKEA stand we got in college and have had for the past 5 years!

Mostly it’s mortise and tenon joints with some biscuits to join the panels and some nice dovetails for the drawers.

The finish is the 1 coat of Java gel stain from General Finishes with about 6 or 7 coats of polycrylic.

The drawer pulls were difficult to chisel a pocket for because in order to seat the hardware nearly flush I could only leave about 1/16 of an edge for the hardware to sit on.

I wish I could have gotten picture of the back panel I made because I think it was a good idea. I wanted to be able to remove the entire back without having to unplug wires and be able to wire everything without the real panel attached and once wired I wanted to be able to replace the back and attach it. It worked out by routing a large half circle on the top edge of the panel so the wires could all come up and over the top of the panel. No poking wires through tiny holes for me!

- Brad

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 01:29 PM

Looks great…I like your drawer pulls.

I do worry about one thing though…those are some long stretchers/rails…did you add some sort of support below to prevent sagging over time?

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 01:49 PM

Very nice job, and the finish came out superb.
Nothing wrong with veneered ply, it looks great.


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#3 posted 06-08-2010 05:04 PM

A super looking Media cabinet very well done

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 06:57 PM

Yes there is a support leg under the cabinet that you cant see unless you have your head to the carpet even then it’s tough to see it.

- Brad

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 07:23 PM

That turned out wonderful! Ironically, I too was going to build my own version of the exact piece of PB furniture that you were most likely looking at. But a few sketchup drawings later, it never quite happened because I felt it was out of my skill level for the time being. I’m using the materials to build a much simpler computer desk right now. Yours turned out much better than I could ever hope to build!

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 08:00 PM

Excellent work

Thanks for sharing


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#7 posted 06-09-2010 08:33 PM

nice job I like

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 03:08 AM

Really nice job! Were did you get the hardware?

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 10:01 PM

Nice table, and ditto on where did you get the hardware. I like the pulls the most.

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#10 posted 07-09-2015 09:52 PM

Great job! Dont worry about where you get the ideas. I’m sure its a much better end product

-- Kurt K.

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