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Forum topic by Meanie posted 11-03-2009 03:59 PM 1803 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2009 03:59 PM

First, allow me to start out by complimenting most of you woodworkers who display your work in the project sections. WOW! I don’t think I could ever do some of the things in there.

Ok, now to my main issue. Being an extreme amateur, I want to accomplish building a media cabinet, roughly 5 1/2” H x 2’ D x 4’ W. I plan to use MDF and poplar for the face since we plan to paint it and being my first real big project, screwing up on more expensive wood doesn’t appeal to me but I would like to dress it fairly nice with a top and bottom decorative type molding or something. Therefore, I’m asking for a starting point, dos and don’ts, tips, tricks and perhaps a website or video which may help me move along.

Thank you

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#1 posted 11-03-2009 06:33 PM

I would like to make the doors raised panels. There will be four doors, two on top, two on bottom with a center shelf secured and movable shelves elsewhere, but the bottom half will have a center vertical divider which will have smaller shelving on each side.

Also, I plan to dado the secured shelf and divider but is it better to dado the face boards or simply nail into place?

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 08:12 PM

You might also think about adding some cable/cord mgmt and airflow. I don’t know what kind of media equipment you are running, but some of it runs a bit hot and does not like being in an air tight box.

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 07:32 AM

Poplar is a great choice for being inexpensive, paint friendly and easy to work with. I do however disagree with the choice of using MDF. It is heavy, prone to cracking or breaking if dropped and you really should use special fasteners if you want it to last, plus it just looks cheap. I have purchased a nice paint grade(sanded both sides) plywood from Home Depot for about $30. It to is easy to work with and a lot stronger than MDF. As a novice woodworker the hardest part of your project is the moulding. Since you’re painting it, I would recommend that you purchase stock moulding either MDF or real wood for the base and cap. Raised panel doors are at a more intermediate skill level. You can make simple door frames with tounge and groove construction and a 1/4” floating plywood panel. To get a raised panel effect attach smaller stock moulding either centered in the panel or butted against the inside edges of the frame. Norm Abram has used this applied moulding technique on some of his pieces so you may want to check his web site.


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