|Project by Woodchuck4||posted 10-02-2012 05:52 PM||800 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
I built the cabinet not longer after purchasing my first house. The previous owner had their TV there, but that was not agreeing with me. So I mounted the TV above the fireplace and had to come up with something to hold all the components. Then the shelving came years later. (I know, posting a tad late)
This is what I consider my very first woodworking project. I built the cabinet first in Google Sketup (LOVE that software) trying to make sure I had the joints/seams lining up where it was hidden or pleasing to the eye. Then I was in the truck and off to get my materials. The cabinet, minus the face frame and doors, is made of MDF. I made it where the center divider for the shelving stops 6” from the back of the cabinet so I can easily pass cables from side to side. I then cut grommet holes in both back corners of the top, and right next to those I cut slits where I later installed fans that are hooked to a thermostat so when the cabinet reaches a certain temp the fans kick on and exhaust the air out of the top of the cabinet. The way I did the slits though you can’t even see them unless you are standing inches from the cabinet. Also, When assembling the base I put a 2×4 (painted black) about 6-8” set back from the cutout in the bottom of the front to catch any small items that tried to roll under the cabinet.
I created the raised panel doors as well. These were my first set of doors and were very intimidating given the size and my inexperience with my new router table. I don’t have the handle hardware attached in this picture but we have them. I learned alot about board glue ups, sanding seams, how routing can be easier and less chipout depending on grain direction. I did european hinges that are mortised in using a forstner bit.
The shelves have the support system enclosed on all sides to give it that “beefy” look. I have the reverse flute (I don’t know it’s actual name) on the sides and I cut the arch piece myself and sanded and fit and sanded and fit until it matched the arch of the wall.
Now, there are many things about this cabinet I wish I could go back and redo, but I’m not beating myself up over it. The shelving pin rails are flush mounted instead of creating a dado for them to sit in, but they get the job done. Overall the wife was very happy with the cabinet and that gives me a win on this project.
I appreciate the opportunity to share this with y’all, and I look forward to any feedback. I’m always eager to learn better techniques and/or processes of doing things.
-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX