Walnut Entertainment Center

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Project by thewoodwhisperer posted 07-12-2008 07:45 PM 8438 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So it appears I’ve gone retro. lol. This little entertainment center is designed for a future video to be released by The goal was to create a piece of furniture that anyone can build with a very modest set of tools. I got through the entire project with a Porter Cable circular saw, a router, a drill, and a random orbit sander. The most challenging part of the project was NOT the actual building. It was forcing myself to use tools that I normally wouldn’t use for a particular job. It was a great exercise though because it really gave me a renewed appreciation for the larger stationary power tools that live in my shop. Work from FWW is that they are aiming for a Sept. release of the video on their website.

Although my choice of wood species and grain gives the piece a retro look, you could just as easily give it a very modern flare by going with a darker finish with more muted grain. Or how about something in maple or alder? Lots of possibilities.

The front sliding doors are sized so that you can cover any two compartments at once. I have this unit in my bedroom and since I put my frequently-used electronics in the far left, I leave the doors on the middle and right compartment. The back panel is cut so that there is plenty of air circulation. Snd I even put a little recessed shelf in the back for storing the surge protector. This allows you to push the unit all the way against the wall without any major issues with the plugs.

Thanks for checking it out.


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#1 posted 07-12-2008 08:13 PM

Marc, it looks nice. does the Mrs like it in the bedroom?

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#2 posted 07-12-2008 08:16 PM

Well considering the TV was previously teetering on a small hope chest, she is thrilled. Also, we can now see the whole screen over the footboard, which was pretty annoying before. Ultimately though, its a place holder. I plan on building a combination dresser/entertainment center specifically for that job. Should be a cool project. But that’s about 2-3 projects down the line.

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#3 posted 07-12-2008 08:19 PM


This is a nice piece. I really like the recessed back. Putting the surge protector out of the way as you have done is something that tends to be forgotten when building pieces like this. It usually ends up being thrown in behind or under the cabinet. This was a nice build, especially given the choice of tools to which you were challenged.

Well done.

What kind of finish did you put on it?

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#4 posted 07-12-2008 08:23 PM

Thanks Scott. Trying to keep the theme of simplicity, I used a wiping poly.

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#5 posted 07-12-2008 08:34 PM

I just came into about 100 feet of Black Walnut. This gives me ideas. Thanks Marc

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#6 posted 07-12-2008 08:34 PM

You’re omnipresent.

Very nice grain selection and finish.

Congrats on the DVD.

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#7 posted 07-12-2008 08:35 PM

It does have a 50s/60s look to it. Back then that design was considered ‘modern’. Minimal tools makes for an interesting challenge. Looks goods, something my aunt would like.

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#8 posted 07-12-2008 08:49 PM

Very nice job, Marc… You gotta love the walnut!

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#9 posted 07-12-2008 09:26 PM

Looks very sharp. The walnut looks excellent in my opinion.

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#10 posted 07-12-2008 09:32 PM

As one of us LJ’s old enough to remember the 60’s, I’d say it definitely has that feel.

Beautiful grain. I don’t know if I could follow the simple tool method, though. I’ve always hated using a circular saw for anything but rough sonstruction.

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#11 posted 07-13-2008 04:12 AM

wow that came out great marc! been waiting a long time to see the final product! thanks for the post.

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#12 posted 07-13-2008 04:26 AM

Great looking piece. Did you free hand with the circular saw or did you straight edge it?

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#13 posted 07-13-2008 05:05 AM

Definitely a straight edge. I don’t think I will ever trust myself enough to go it without one. :) And since I had to apply trim and give it a subsequent bevel cut, the straight edge was pretty much a necessity for good results. But even my choice of straight edge was budget-friendly: a piece of pre-primed mdf trim from Home Depot. $5 out the door. :)

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#14 posted 07-13-2008 05:13 AM

Thats a really nice entertainment stand. Congrats on the video. Keep us posted on the video, can’t wait to see it!

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#15 posted 07-13-2008 03:15 PM

I love the idea of the recessed surge projector ledge. It’s funny how a simple idea can make a dramatic difference. Being flush with the wall always makes me feel like it belongs there versus being pushed up against it as much as possible. Maybe just me. .

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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