Cherry & Maple Entertainment Center

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Project by jcwalleye posted 300 days ago 681 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a cherry and maple entertainment center I recently finished. My design which was drawn in SketchUp is a frame and panel construction consisting of two cabinets, bolted together and a top.

The front doors have maple lathe panels which look good and provide good ventilation for the equipment. The outside panels are a veneered quilted maple over 1/2” plywood. The remaining back and inside panels are 3/4” cherry plywood with large cutouts for ventilation and cable runs.

The drawers, or actually trays, are again cherry with 3/4” plywood bottom. The drawer slide hardware is full extension, undermount soft close and operate very smoothly. The doors are mounted with 170 deg soft close euro hinge. It was a bit of a challenge, particularly during the design, ensuring I had the right clearances and dimensions for the trays, equipment, and doors.

The top started as 8/4 maple and ended up at about 1 5/8”. A good friend graciously machined those pieces down and ran them through his timesaver. He also loaned me a domino mortiser which after using I have to say is a great tool albeit expensive. I can see how a professional could easily recoup the cost of it through reduced time when building panels.

All in all, the project fought me from start to end. But ultimately did turn out pretty good. I’ve got lots of pictures of the process and hope to write a few blogs about various aspects of it.

Thanks for looking.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#1 posted 300 days ago

That’s a beauty. I like that wood combo. Nice design also

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#2 posted 300 days ago

Great Job Joe!
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#3 posted 300 days ago

Very nice job. I like the way you did the back panel. I am currently make an enterainment center and may incorpate you backplane style.

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#4 posted 297 days ago

Very nice entertainment center jc….

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#5 posted 297 days ago

It looks great, well designed and well executed. Like the sliding shelves and the door panels. Great job!

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