Built-in Entertainment Center and Bookshelves

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Project by Joe posted 05-31-2012 08:35 PM 12115 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been lurking in the background here at Lumberjocks for some time now… always appreciating other members’ projects and occasionally making a comment. I thought it was about time to post some of my own work, so here goes my first one:

This is a project that I completed recently. It is five pieces made primarily from 3/4” birch plywood and 3/4” poplar. The doors and drawer fronts are stub mortise and tenons with 1/4” MDF panels and nose and cove molding applied after assembly. The drawer boxes are 1/2” walnut finished with two coats of satin polyurethane. The center cabinet is 22” deep, the other lower cabinets are 16”, the bookshelves are 12” deep. The whole unit measures 11’4” wide and 7’ tall.

The lighting is halogen meant for under cabinet applications and is connected to a dimmer. I really wanted to go with LED lights, but after trying three sets and being very much unsatisfied, I chose halogen. Since taking these pictures I have replaced the top four shelves with 3/8” starphire glass so now the light can penetrate through a bit lower.

One neat feature is that I have run cables behind the baseboard and up into the stereo compartment. The cables terminate at banana plugs screwed in from the back of the baseboard. This provides a nice way of connecting a subwoofer and additional speakers.

It is finished using a 4” foam roller for most of the surface area. I painted the insides of the cabinets before assembly and the outsides after installation. The finish came out quite nice and smooth.

I threw in a picture of my Sketchup model because I love Sketchup, what a fantastic tool.

Please… share your thoughts! And to my fellow lurkers out there: enjoy even if you haven’t much to say.

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 09:09 PM

Very well thought out, and nicely executed. Nice treatment for hiding the cables.

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 10:09 PM

Nicely done, impressive detail work and finishing. I have that TV too, it fits in there perfectly!

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 11:27 PM

You started with a great plan and followed through. Well done, that is a lot of work to get through and still keep the goal in sight.
Beautiful finish with the foam roller.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 11:31 PM

Impressive work Joe great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 11:36 PM

Beautiful Entertainment Center.

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 12:19 AM

Really well done. That looks amazing!

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#7 posted 06-01-2012 01:07 PM

Hey Joe, funny you should mention that TV, the Sony KDS-50A2000.

I wouldn’t say that I designed this unit for my TV, but I did design it so that I wouldn’t have to buy a new TV

Sketchup… It’s perfect for when you can’t have a table saw in your office.

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#8 posted 06-01-2012 01:10 PM

Holy crap! this is awesome. Nice work


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#9 posted 06-02-2012 02:54 AM

Extremely nice work, especially for a “novice woodworker”.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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