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06-27-2011 03:39 AM

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I mostly build outdoor furniture but my wife is wanting me to build her a entertainment center / table. I was hoping to get some input from some more experienced builders. I plan on using some good quality oak for the project. My question is what kind of joinery should I use? Biscuts, pocket holes, what? Table will be roughly 6 ft wide as our tv is 55” .Doors on each side with 3 open shelves in the middle. (Hanks

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 06:51 PM


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#2 posted 06-27-2011 08:12 PM

Hi Brantley—

The choice of joinery, assuming a consistent level of quality, can be driven by two distinct things: practicality and braggin’ rights.

If you need to learn more about mortise and tenon, and it’s a reasonable choice for your design, go for it! Biscuits in the oven? Pull ‘em out and put ‘em in the carcase. If you like the way pocket screws work, and the pockets are adequately hidden, no one will fault you for that choice either.

If you get the dimensions and shape down on a piece of paper, I think the joinery will follow along easily.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 09:46 PM

I assume the carcass will be made from oak plywood and everything else from solid oak? If that is the case, you can use biscuits, mortise & tenon and or pocket screws to build the carcass. Use pocket screws to make the faceframe. Use biscuits to join the faceframe to the carcass.

Create a rabbit in the sides and top for the back to fit into. Use staples or brads to pin it in place.

Make sure you have drilled wire access holes to all the compartments. This is for running wiring as well as cooling.

Make the doors 5-piece doors using whatever joinery method you would like to show off. For door panels either flat or raised panel will work. Make sure you have a dado around the inside of the door frame to accept the panel. If you use solid wood to make the panels, make sure you finish the long grain edges prior to assembly of the doors. This way when the panels shrink and expand you won’t have ugly unfinished wood come into to view in your beautifully made door.

Many of the retail woodworking outlets have plans for this type of project. You can then modify them to make them fit your needs.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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