Red Oak Entertainment Center

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Project by jack1 posted 10-04-2013 07:19 PM 1457 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We finally got around to replacing a 12 year old TV with a flat screen and, decided the old bookcase that was holding it needed to go. It was here when we moved in and it’s the length of a Buick. We gave them both to a charity auction.

I really like red oak and have done a lot of projects with it over the years. It’s nice to work and has just enough bend to overcome slight flaws. It’s also readily available in various widths at the local Home Depots.

I use Min-Wax’s natural stain and their paste wax for final finishing done by hand. That’s where the color really comes out. It’s not only an easy finish to apply, but it has a fairly low odor and is easy to repair in the future.

The construction pieces were edge glued 1×12’s, 1×10’s or 1×8’s for top, bottom, back vertical dividers and shelves. I assembled the case with the Kreg Pocket Screw system which is hard to beat for a strong assembly. I used no glue in the joints held by the pocket screws as they are sturdy enough to hold everything together.

It’s a design my wife Betty and I came up with. I did the original drawings which had sides, and when she looked at it she said I should leave off the sides to open it up to the room. Seems to do the trick.

The unit is just 47” long by 31” tall and 15 1/2” wide. The center shelves are just under 22”wide and the side shelves are 10 1/2” wide.

Betty insisted on the pedestal which is 2” high. This was a great idea because it keeps the bottom off the carpet for vacuuming and keeps the unit firmly in place.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 10-05-2013 04:17 PM

Very nice job. I like the simple but useful design.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#2 posted 10-05-2013 07:09 PM

Nice work Jack!
I really like the design and finish. I agree the open sides do a lot for the overall look.
Keep up the good work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 10-05-2013 07:29 PM

Sweet looking setup, Jack!

Mimi loves the side shelves!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 10-06-2013 06:42 PM

Nice cabinet Jack!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-07-2013 03:00 AM

looks good…nice TV! we still got the big BOX tv…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 10-07-2013 12:08 PM

Nice job. I like to use red oak as well. I built mine from reclaimed red oak flooring. I like the idea of hanging the TV on the wall and placing the center under it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 10-07-2013 03:32 PM

It looks great, like the design especially the open side shelves and the great choice on the wood. Great job!

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Jacob C. Heffelfinger

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#8 posted 10-07-2013 04:53 PM

It looks great! I really like the open sides as well and it gives me some ideas for a project of mine in the design phase. Now if you really wan to make your setup look clean, add a couple of these low voltage cable wall plates to hide the cables going to your TV.

-- ~Jake

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#9 posted 10-08-2013 12:11 AM

Jacob, I’m doing to put all the cables etc. in the wall. Having a window put in on the right of the set and it’s part of the job. Thanks for the site!


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 10-13-2013 03:35 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 10-13-2013 08:15 AM

Nice project.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 11-13-2013 08:17 PM

Nice work.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#13 posted 11-14-2013 01:40 AM

Thank you!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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