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Low Profile Entertainment Center with "Floating" Curly Maple Top and Cabinet

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Project by JoshLawson posted 01-26-2012 05:04 AM 5460 views 24 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an entertainment center that I just finished a few weeks ago for my theater room. I’d seen a number of designs using the “floating” table top concept, so I took that same idea and modified it to work in this low profile entertainment center. I also made the lower cabinet “floating” as well, though it’s not as obvious because of how low to the ground it is.

The top is soft curly maple, the legs and cross supports are Hard Maple, the main cabinet was made out of combi-core maple veneered plywood with 3/4 inch soft curly maple edging. I also used heavy duty drawer slides that over travel to maximize the storage capacity.

It certainly beats having all my A/V equipment in piles on the carpet!

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa





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#1 posted 01-26-2012 05:08 AM

Wow Josh This is one fantastic entertainment center.

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 06:10 AM

I second A1Jim. That looks great!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 06:40 AM

You did your self proud on that one…..........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 06:49 AM

The close-ups really shows how well made it is! It is outstanding, well, it’s in-standing in your living room, right? Great job, Josh! It is exactly what my wife wants me to build, only I haven’t the know-how in making furniture! Well, maybe someday, i’d learn!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 06:53 AM

If I had an entertainment center that beautiful, I wouldn’t need to turn on the TV. I’d just watch the cabinet.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 07:37 AM

Very cool! I love the multiple floating elements.

-- Dick, http://www.carveshop.com

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#7 posted 01-26-2012 11:06 AM

Nice job always a fun project for our TV’s I have made one a while ago and loved making it as well.
Congrats. Does the center channel block a little of your viewing?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 01-26-2012 05:55 PM

sweet looking project Josh. I was wondering about the finishing. what products did you use and any problems with blotching. Nice work.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#9 posted 01-26-2012 07:22 PM

That’s a really nice piece. I am in need of just such a table for a new TV we are gettingbefore the superbowl. I would love to make something this nice.

Well done…very well done.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#10 posted 01-26-2012 08:43 PM

To answer a few questions…
Ken90712: Yes, the center channel does block a tad of the view! I’m eventually going to do a wall mount speaker above the screen, but haven’t gotten around to it.

grumpy749: I didn’t have any problems with blotching and just did three coats of General Finishes brand High Performance water based top coat—didn’t use anything else, I like the wood’s natural beauty to shine through.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#11 posted 01-26-2012 10:07 PM

Beautiful piece Josh. The design and workmanship look outstanding.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 04-18-2012 08:39 PM

Amazing! I love it! How exactly did you secure the middle cabinet piece to make it ‘float’?

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