New Entertainment Center

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Project by lew posted 08-21-2010 01:28 AM 2451 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s finished!

Earlier this year, we had to replace our TV. It only made sense to get a flat screen model to replace the old CRT type. Mimi didn’t like the old TV/stereo center (last picture). It didn’t match the new furniture,was too hard to dust, etc, etc. The old center had also gone through several “design modifications” over the years. She “designed” this one to have characteristics of the other furniture we now have. You know- “make it look like the stuff we have now and it must have a fancy edge and curved front and not be as tall as the old one.” So this is what “we” designed.

The center is about 60” long, 29” high and 20” wide at the front. Solid red oak- except 1/4” red oak plywood for the back. MinWax golden oak stain and several coats of poly. It took about a week to build but I didn’t work on it every day.

Learned some new stuff along the way- the top is attached with sliding dovetails- my first try using them for this application. Also re-learned some important techniques- make absolutely certain the router bit is tight in the collet before routing the fancy edge on a table top. I was within 2” of the end of the run and the bit slipped down and ruined the edge. This, of course, gave me the opportunity to use all of the “Navy Slang” words I knew- twice! From now on, dados will not be for the full thickness of the boards. It’s just too difficult to get a tight fitting joint.

Thanks for looking! Comments and criticisms welcome.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 08-21-2010 02:24 AM

Wow very nice

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 03:12 AM

What an improvement over the original media center!! always good to learn new things…and re-live a few old things, like terminology.

Just finished day 3, week one…exhausted…but new roles exciting…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 03:35 AM

Well done and a great looking finish.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#4 posted 08-21-2010 03:53 AM

What a beautiful entertainment center!! Thanks for Sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 08-21-2010 04:21 AM

Very nice Lew….........

........were you in the Navy too?

Seriously, lookin’ good…........


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 08-21-2010 05:25 AM

Lew: A great looking center. Nice build.

-- 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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#7 posted 08-21-2010 05:30 AM

Looks great Lew.
Very nice set up !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#8 posted 08-21-2010 06:55 AM

Bravo Zulu …

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 08-21-2010 08:19 AM

Good Finish, Design is too good, Very nice concept of Music house

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#10 posted 08-21-2010 08:57 AM

Very nice

Good design

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 08-21-2010 12:04 PM

Great job Lew, beautiful. I love everything about it. I’ve got a monstrosity in my living room I want to get rid of and do something like this. Great idea.

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

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#12 posted 08-21-2010 03:19 PM

Thanks everyone for the very kind words, they are truly appreciated.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 08-21-2010 04:32 PM

Very nice, great job!! This is on my to do list.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#14 posted 08-21-2010 06:52 PM

Nicely done. Now you just need to have it serve your refreshments while you sit back and enjoy it!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 08-22-2010 01:20 AM

Nice job, Lew.

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