|Forum topic by elroyy||posted 1282 days ago||956 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
1282 days ago
Hi, I’m new to lumberjocks membership, though I did research the site thoroughly when my wife bought me a new Ridgid Granite top table saw for Christmas. I have to say that purplelev’s tutorial on assembly was a life saver.
Well, I’ve gone through the summer and have nearly completed all my outdoor projects. I helped a “start at noon” contractor tear off 24 squares of 30 year old masonite siding and replace it with James Hardie Cement Fiber board (pre finished, 7” reveal). The three week job turned into seven weeks and I really learned a lot. Now, I’m trying to focus on getting some indoor projects done. I’m absolutely a novice at this.
My plan is to construct a bookcase/entertainment center across one wall in our living room. The room is 181” wide. My plan is to build a low bookcase (2 shelves) no more than 30” high with a center “console” for lack of a better term, to house audio equipment.
Currently, we have a 50” plasma TV mounted to the wall 80” (to the center of the TV) from the left side of the room. This is based on our furniture layout and movement to the next room. My initial design was to “center” the unit, mounting the TV 90 +/- inches, from the left wall. However, in order to do this, we’d feel the need to move the couch 10” to the left and disrupt the traffic pattern. I remind myself that I’m not only building this for me and my wife, but also for any prospective buyer of the home in the future.
What are your thoughts?
Also, I’m planning on using furniture grade plywood or MDF. Could I get away w/ 1/2” plywood for the box construction? I think if I used MDF I’d have to use 3/4 for rigidity and load bearing for the shelves. Lastly, any suggestions on where to get the best value on furniture grade birch plywood in MO?
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