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Project by Rick Dennington posted 03-29-2011 06:20 PM 2755 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings you all,

A couple of months ago I built this entertainment center for a really nice couple. They bought a giant t.v. ( a 73” rear projection), and had it setting on a borrowed stand from where they bought it….They needed an e.c badly. This guy is really into surround sound (like me), and had all the bells and whistles for components. So… after taking final measurements and a rough sketch, I proceeded to start building it. It took me about 3 weeks to complete (with a bad back), but they seemed really happy with it…..so this is the scoop…..

It is all oak plywood, and trimmed out with solid oak. It is 68” long, 23” deep, and 32” high. It has 6 “cubby holes” for all the components, and are 7” tall. They had to be that height to get his center speaker in, and all the rest of the components as well. Four drawers for all the DVDs, extra remotes, manuals, etc.. I cut dados for all the shelfs and dividers, . I cut rabbits on the back side to cover the drawers only…everything else was left open in order to get at or remove the other components. In between the 4 drawers, I left an opening 16” wide, 16” high, and 23” deep for the subwolfer. The drawer openings are 23 3/4” wide, which made the drawers 22 3/4” using K/V 8400 bb slides, 20 3/4” deep, and 6” high..plenty of room for eveything. The drawer overlays are also oak ply, and trimmed out with solid oak, which are mitered at the corners. On each end of the cabinet, I used 1/4” x 1 1/4” x 22 1/4” long.These are only for added asthestics, and serve no purpose. I almost forgot to mention that I used 22” slides. After all the final sanding was done (whew..!!), I put 2 coats of Watco natural Danish oil on, let it dry for a couple of days, and applied 4 coats of Watco wipe-on poly, using 0000 steel wool between coats. It sat for a few days curing and drying good. In the meantime I took these pictures, and said I wanted to take some when it was set up and in use, if they didn’t mind…. no problem…. So, with all this explanation of the build complete, here’s what it looks like finished and loaded…... Maybe one of you might try your hand at building it if you want to…... Thanks for looking….... Rick.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......





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rivergirl

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 06:24 PM

This is really nice! It has a European feel to it. Nice clean lines. I bet they love it! Having a place for all their stuff!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 06:41 PM

Excellent work, Rick. I’m glad you included that last photo, because I was thinking the mobile base was kind of clunky looking. :-)

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

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 07:12 PM

Thanks Kelly,

I din’t really think of it as a European piece, cause I don’t know what one looks like….lol. It was a lot of fun building…just took awhile. I also looked at your work on your blogs…...stellar job, I must say. It reminds me of that old Platters song”You’ve got that magic touch”, and you do when it comes to rustic furniture….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 07:13 PM

Charlie,

I started to leave the “mobil base”, but decided that was a little too much to show…..lol….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Cory

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 07:24 PM

Looks great, Rick. Excellent craftsmanship as always!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 07:54 PM

Thanks for the compliment Rick- though I don’t know about the magic touch. Heavy hand with the sander is more like it. ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 08:16 PM

Well….I don’t know what happened, but this dang thing printed upside down….so just go to the bottom paragraph and read it first…...dang computers….. :))

Forget what I just typed…..I fixed it….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 08:25 PM

Nice job Rick.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Rick Dennington

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#9 posted 03-29-2011 08:28 PM

Thanks Bob….It took a while, but I “gotter dun”....I talked to the folks that I did it for, and they are pretty pleased, so I guess I did ok….lol.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 09:45 PM

You did a fine job, Rick.

Lee

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 03-30-2011 12:00 AM

Rick, this is a nice looking entertainment center that is well suited for the tv. From the pictures of the drawers it looks like they have already filled it up. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 03-30-2011 12:29 AM

Thanks Lee….I always try hard to please whoever I’m working for…

Scott…...Yea, it was getting pretty full by the time I got back over there to get the last pixs. They said they had several to put in it…..I believe they do…..lol.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#13 posted 03-30-2011 12:34 AM

very nice I like the construction details

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#14 posted 03-30-2011 02:14 AM

Nice work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 03-30-2011 03:38 AM

rookie, When I build a project, I always include information like material used, diminisions, finish, etc. That way you get a clear view of the project built….It mkaes for good practice to do this….

Moron: Thanks, I appreciate it…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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