Custom Entertainment Center

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Project by crossbones posted 918 days ago 1102 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For several years, we had a pretty nice entertainment armoire, but it was designed for a 4:3 CRT television and wouldn’t accommodate more than a 37” flat panel. We also needed more storage for kids’ games, movies, CDs, etc., so I decided to build a built-in entertainment center. I was going to use unfinished stock cabinets originally, but it would have required so much modification that it was just easier to build them from scratch.

The carcasses are 3/4” MDF and the face frames and doors are poplar (since everything was going to be painted white, poplar worked just fine). The raised panels are 1/2” MDF, raised on the table saw. The base cabinets each have a shelf, providing two levels of storage (shelf pins allow for height selection). The uppers have shelf pin holes in case we want to add shelves, but it hasn’t been necessary. I added under-cabinet lights, which are hard-wired and switched with a dimmer.

I built the cabinets in the garage, then installed in the living room. I built the bookshelves in place after the cabinets were installed. This was my first custom cabinet project and it was a lot of fun. It was a challenge to build it all in my two-car garage and it really made me want to find a decent shop space. Hopefully soon…

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#1 posted 918 days ago

Great looking project. I believe the choice of material is very appropriated for painted projects.

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#2 posted 918 days ago

Came out really nice, good job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 917 days ago

thats beautiful. great job

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#4 posted 917 days ago

impressive entertainment center

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 913 days ago

Beautiful entertainment center.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 817 days ago

Very nice project. The doors look great. I am going to have to try raising some 1/2” MDF panels on my table saw.

Can you write a few words about finishing? It seems you sprayed on paint. What kind of equipment do you have? How hard was it to get the correct viscosity? What kind of primer and paint did you use?

I am very interested because I recently finished a similar entertainment center and it seemed like painting took as long as construction (and was not as much fun). I painted before assembly, and used a 4” foam roller. The result is quite good but it took a long time.

Again, great job!

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