|Project by Scot T||posted 02-21-2008 07:40 AM||4286 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
Edit: Secret pull out shelves for DVD’s and secret bottom drawers for video game units were built into the fluted columns, so I’m submitting this for the Woodworking Awards Winter 2009 contest – secret compartments category.
This is an entertainment center we decided to build in 2004.
After moving into our current home, we figured we needed a larger TV (the old 27” looked like a postage stamp in the room), which of course necessitated a larger entertainment center. “Well, if I have to build one,” I thought, “it’s gonna be a one time deal.” (never mind that it was my first attempt at building a beast like this in my garage with only a few cheap power tools).
The requirements were to have a space large enough for the 53” standard rear projection TV we had recently purchased, DVD storage room, plus room to grow, and don’t forget the video game systems and other components and air vents to shunt the heat they’d all be kicking out. It also needed to be BIG so that it wouldn’t look dwarfed in the room (22 foot high ceiling), have lights for the knick-knacks that were going to live on the shelves, and match the fluted trim in the room as well as the maple cabinets in the kitchen (or at least be in the ballpark). Finally, it needed to be built in small enough sections that it could be hauled into the house from the garage by my wife and I. UGH!
The end result has been well worth all the effort. It’s got its little errors, but I’m still proud of it. The DVD drawer pull-outs are about 2’ x 5’ and have routed finger grips on the TV side and ball bearing 500# rated glides to allow easy opening. They each hold about 250 DVDs. Additional storage in the bottom drawers was actually an afterthought and each holds about 30 video game discs and 4 controllers.
Maple ply with maple veneer edge banding and solid maple fronts and cove moulding.
Overall dimensions are 8’ wide x 9’ high x 2’ deep. Side open-shelf cabinets are 18” deep x 2’ wide. Center base is 4’ wide x 2’ high x 2’ deep.
Sanding sealed, sanded with 150grit, then 3 coats of satin polyurethane with 400grit before the final coat.
-- Scot, SW Washington