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Weaving an Entertainment Center

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Project by brianinpa posted 04-21-2008 03:33 AM 1053 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before I owned a house, I watched the home improvement shows every Saturday night, and looked forward to the time that I could do the things I was seeing on the TV: the Navy frowned on major renovations to the housing units. Now that I own a house, I long for the time when if I needed something repaired, I didn’t have to fix it, all I had to do was call in the housing maintenance crew. Anyway…, on one of these shows the designer wanted the handyman to make a new entertainment stand, the entertainment stand was made his with ¼” luan and MDF. My “better half,” was watching with interest and started demanding one of her own: she was acting like she was watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and she saw an Umpa Lumpa for the first time!

I watched the show to get a look at the stand and started taking measurements of my own and designing it in my head making sure I could fit all the stereo/video equipment into it. I didn’t use luan or MDF, instead the doors and side panels are made from poplar planed down to ¼” and the carcass, shelves, and door/side frames are made from ponderosa pine. The basket weave on the doors and side panels is the thing my wife liked most, so I spent most of my time on these to make them look right: I wanted it to look like a big basket, and I think it worked. I also built it so it will fit some of the largest non-plasma TV’s on the market at the time and today. The top shelf now holds all the “junk” I collected for her over the years and around the world.

One of my regrets is that I spent so much time on the doors and side panels, but the doors are always left open so you can’t really appreciate the design or work I put into them. I like to think that the entertainment stand I made is still standing because of the materials used. Just my opinion; luan and MDF have a purpose and furniture isn’t one of them. Thanks for looking.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.





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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-21-2008 03:53 AM

Hi Brian,

This is an interesting entertainment center. The basket weave add a nice touch to the piece.

You did a good job with this. I assume that your “better half” was thrilled with the project.

Thanks for sharing and thanks for the story behind the project as well. I really enjoyed it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Bradford

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#2 posted 04-21-2008 05:30 AM

Excellent job. The fact that you chose a challenging project to test the waters (no pun), is to be commended. Most of us start with a foot stool or a box. I’d say yours is a excellent representation of having it in your blood. Being a former member of the USN, I also would love to have refurbished those military housing units, just to make them inhabitable. We just moved in to new housing (privatized) in north chicago, with a large garage. Then two weeks later got orders to Bethesda/DC. So I know about “can’t wait” then hurry up and wait then pack it up and go again. Anyway Keep posting new projects, comment on those you like, skip those you don’t.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 04-21-2008 01:56 PM

Congrats on your Entertainment Center also as being in the USN, I’m quite sure that both have been rewarding experience’s. I really like how you weaved the poplar, did you have to steam it first so it holds its shape. You can tell Lobinger too eat their heart out, I don’t believe their baskets hold any Plasma TV’s. Take Care and Keep them Projects Coming. Oh, I spent two years aboard the USS Independence (the Big I).

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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brianinpa

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#4 posted 04-21-2008 03:12 PM

Scott – The better half loved it!
John – Didn’t need to steam the poplar, at 1/4” it was flexible enough to bend and after 5 years it is still holding fine.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 04-22-2008 12:45 AM

You did great. It’s really one of a kind. You should be very proud. So should your wife. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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