Entertainment Center - First Big Project

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Project by chip73 posted 10-26-2012 11:39 PM 1123 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first big project was an entertainment center for my daughter as a house warming present. Got the plan from Woodsmith magazine and with a few changes put everything I had into the project. I used 3/4 and 1/4 birch plywood and Poplar. My daughter wanted it painted and I used General Finish Milk Paint with Zinsser primer – Yes I know it is not real milk paint. My thanks to all the support I got on the site as I finished my project. I used my Earlex 5500 sprayer which worked great and the ease of use was far better than I was expecting. This was the first time I had used it to paint. For the case construction I used T&G. I used Sommerfeld T&G router bits and it worked quite well, it only matters that I was pleased with the results. Face Frame construction I used pocket holes and I got a great deal from peachtree on the sommerfeld pocket hole jig. I did use glass for the shelves in the towers, I thought with the dark color my daughter picked out the glass would lighten it up a touch.

-- Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 03:10 AM

Love it, that’s real nice! Wouldn’t have guessed it being the first project though…

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#2 posted 10-27-2012 05:08 AM

Beautiful entertainment center.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 10-27-2012 05:30 AM

Cool entertainment cent.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-27-2012 10:30 AM

I made this same Woodsmith project a couple years ago but I have to admit I like your design changes better. Nice work.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#5 posted 10-27-2012 11:16 AM

The glass shelves and doors are critical, I believe, in this piece. They visually lighten the overall impression. Clearly, this is a huge piece of furniture, yet your iteration of this oft-pursued goal is less imposing than almost every other example I’ve seen. You really did a great job!

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#6 posted 10-27-2012 02:06 PM

Very impressive! Nice work.

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#7 posted 10-27-2012 04:07 PM

Nice clean looking center. The glass really add a nice finishing touch.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#8 posted 10-27-2012 04:44 PM

Stellar job on the e.t. center…I know your daughter is very proud of it, cause her dad built it for her….

-- " Unwanted mistakes.... are missed opportunities"......

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#9 posted 10-27-2012 05:09 PM

I will be starting to build the same basic design in a couple of weeks, cabinet with two towers sans the overhead, yours turned out so well that I’m inspired now. Thanks for the post.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 10-27-2012 08:48 PM

Very awesome! I like the color and the build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 10-28-2012 03:35 AM

Very nice. A job well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 10-28-2012 02:39 PM

Great job!!! Looks like she will be happy for many years to come.

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