Low Entertainment Center #1: Low Entertainment Center Pt. 1

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 08-19-2009 07:43 PM 3869 reads 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Low Entertainment Center series Part 2: Edge banding, dadoes, and rabbets »

Think you can’t build furniture because you only have a few basic tools? Well, check this out! This walnut low entertainment center was built using three primary tools: a circular saw, a router, and a drill. But that doesn’t mean I skimped on quality and design. The unit has sliding doors, good ventilation, a little shelf in the back for a surge protector, and all of the trim is beveled at an angle for a more interesting visual effect (even the trim on the shelves features this bevel).

This video series is full of tips and tricks that will help you get professional results from these simple power tools!

A few of the topics covered in this part:
Cutting down sheet goods.
Using a guide with your circular saw
The cheapest long rip guide on the planet.
Plywood thicknesses.
Cutting dados and grooves with the router.
Fixing a dado that was cut through when it should have been “stopped”
Chiseling the stopped dados square.

A Sketchup plan and cut list is on its way. We are hoping to have it by the release of the next part in this series.

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#1 posted 08-19-2009 11:15 PM

Thanks, Mark!!

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#2 posted 08-19-2009 11:52 PM

Great… Thanks Mark! Was wondering how things had been going since the move.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 11:55 PM

Just and FYI, this was actually filmed over a year ago. It was originally a project for After a certain amount of time I had the option to release it for free, so that’s what is happening now. So that’s still the old shop. The new “temporary” shop is still being put together and is almost functional. Electrician is coming out next week.

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#4 posted 08-20-2009 12:42 AM

I would like to personaly thank you for your free videos. You make the projects look so much easier than I would expect them to be. I have the plans for the steamer trunk and the collecting of the wood has been started. Without your videos I would never have even attempted a project like that.


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#5 posted 08-20-2009 01:57 AM

Mark thanks for posting, I enjoy all your videos. My last project was your end grain cutting board. Its pretty cool how you showed your dado mistake and how to fix it. For me, and the amount of mistakes I make ( which is alot ) this is also good information :) thanks again…. Ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#6 posted 08-20-2009 02:51 AM

Great piece of furniture and a good idea to show how a nice piece of furniture can be built with a limited amount of tools.
Thanks for a great post.

-- Fred, Parker, Colorado

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#7 posted 08-20-2009 06:00 AM


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#8 posted 08-20-2009 03:04 PM

Thanks for posting the video, Marc. As always I find your tutorials to be straight-forward and readily followed. Like most visual learners this type of approach to teaching woodworking has helped me better understand techniques and process that hone and develop my skills.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 08-22-2009 06:15 AM

Hi Mark,

First off, I am a fan—but you might think about pushing that thing all the way up against the wall—it will stop any ventilation out of the slots you have in the rear.

Keep up the great work.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#10 posted 08-23-2009 04:14 PM

Thanks for the video Marc.

I’ve been curious about how the wood whisper thing works? Do you hear it like a whisper or do you hear it in your mind telepathically?

I don’t think I want to hear the wood talk to me. With the projects I do, I think the wood would be cursing.

You cut me to short, jackass!

Dang, now I’m crooked!

What the heck am I supposed to be now??

All kidding aside, you build some great projects and help teach a lot!

Keep up the good work.

-- Kirk H. --

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#11 posted 08-23-2009 04:37 PM

Excellent video as always. Your contributions to Lumberjocks is very much appreciated by all the visitors such as myslef, I’m sure. The rudimentary use of tools and achieving the desired results are exemplified very well. While my thanks are of no monetary benifit to you, I do hope that in some way you can realize a true since of achievment, from all the time and work that went into providing us with this video. Thanks again.

Ken McGinnis

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#12 posted 08-31-2009 08:53 PM

thats cool

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#13 posted 09-04-2009 12:26 AM

Enjoyed the video. I am looking forward to seeing your new shop up and running.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#14 posted 09-08-2009 11:49 PM

Hello Marc,

These types of step by step videos of yours give me the confidence to try it on my own. I always find your video’s very informative and entertaining.

One question is what kind of plywood are you using? When you chiseled the dado, it looked like solid wood instead of layered plywood.

Thanks for sharing (and teaching).
David Wong

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#15 posted 09-09-2009 12:12 AM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone. Hope your Labor Day weekend was fun and relaxing.

David, the plywood I used was actually MDF core. Certainly not my first choice when it comes to sheet goods. But at the time I was under a time crunch and it was the only thing my supplier had with a walnut veneer. It does look like solid wood in the video though.

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