|Project by crossbones||posted 02-21-2012 04:25 AM||1319 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
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…