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Forum topic by Mark Shultz posted 07-17-2012 02:29 AM 842 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shultz

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07-17-2012 02:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup entertainment

This will be my first project of this type, and first use of sketchup. Any and all comments welcome.

design: Firstly, what do you all think of this design? It’s a derivative of a plywood entertainment center design I came across. It is a lot wider than the normal (90”), but sized to be sort of a built-in type piece in my basement for toy storage. TV will be on the wall above. there are two sets of cabinet doors on the sides, and 3 drawers in the middle. The drawers are somewhat tall but a stack of 4 looked odd to me. plus will hold more of of the kids stuff.

materials. Should i be concerned using a cabinet grade veneered ply on this? Given the span of the top piece, should i be concerned about warp? would MDF be a better alternative?

highly recommend sketchup. this took me about 3 hrs. i could now duplicate it in about an hr, but i assume a regular user could do this in about 30 minutes.

thanks all

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 04:07 AM

Design: Primarily toy storage, huh? How old are the kids? For little kids, “junk drawer” and “toy chest” size compartments are good; so I’d have only one (maybe two) shelves in the cabinet compartments. But kids grow quick. At about middle school, board games and electronic games take precedence. Then, I’d want the three shelves in the compartments, and much smaller drawers (these are too wide and too deep to ever find teenage stuff in).

Also, I’d suggest a closed platform base instead of legs. Nobody’s gonna clean under there; it’ll just become a hiding place for lost small toy parts.

Materials: Cabinet ply is a little expensive for toy storage. If the kids actually use it, you’d probably prefer a painted piece. However, I don’t worry about warping with plywood. And, me, I don’t like MDF (but it paints nice).

Now, you understand that if you build it as a monolithic piece, it probably ain’t never leaving that basement, right?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 02:54 AM

It’s definately half storage and half entertainment center. I want it to look good but be functional. There is a toy trunk in the room also but nOthing along the large wall under tv. I want a wood finish not paint hence the veneer. I was thinking ply for strength over mdf but warp on an 7.5 foot top span worried me with ply. I haven’t made the cut list yet but I suspect 2 full sheets will be required. I could split it if I wanted between Ply and mdf.

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