Built-in Entertainment Center & Book Shelves

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Project by Michael Brailsford posted 08-05-2008 01:44 AM 22004 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a new set of built-ins I made in my family room. Since they are painted I did not go crazy with wood selection. The cases were built from 3/4” birch ply 2nds. They were bought from a discount building supply and had plenty of defects, but then again they were only $28/ sheet. Anyway, given the paint it did not matter. The face frames were just #2 pine boards from Lowes. I did my best to find the pieces that had the fewest knots that would need to have Kilz applied to them. All in all my wife and I are very pleased with how they came out. They are far shallower than any entertainment center we have had. The center section is 16” deep to accomodate the audio equipment. I sized it for an eventual 42” tv (I hope). The end units are 12” deep. I installed LED rope light up and down all of the stiles on all of the units. The ropes are concealed and give nice indirect light. I installed receptacles in the bottom to accomodate the power needs of all the eqipment. The middle unit has a false bottom and many of the spare wires reside there.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#1 posted 08-05-2008 01:44 AM

Nice work.

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#2 posted 08-05-2008 03:07 AM

Great job! These look terrific!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 08-05-2008 03:28 AM

Hi Michael;

This looks great.

Very nice work and design.


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#4 posted 08-05-2008 04:16 AM

Very nice details!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-05-2008 04:17 AM

Very nice build. I can see why your wife is pleased. Nice paint job as well. Thanks for sharing Michael.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 08-05-2008 07:26 AM

Very nice work and design.

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#7 posted 08-05-2008 07:43 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#8 posted 08-06-2008 04:15 AM

You did a great job covering up those defects Michael. Excellent result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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