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Forum topic by JeremyMorgan posted 10-01-2013 06:08 AM 1440 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-01-2013 06:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: design cherry maple entertainment center

Good evening everyone. I am in the process of building a TV stand/chest of drawers and would like some input on something. The design is a low chest of drawers with a few drawers replaced with shelves for components.

I had originally planned to leave the back of the center shelf open for access to the back of the reciever and for wires. I have since decided to build cable routing into the case and want to enclose that center shelf to clean up the back of the case. The only problem I have is that the figured board that I am using for the drawer fronts and exterior panels isn’t enough to get that one last panel. I see three options,
1. Use another cherry board that has a little figure (the pieces I’m using for the back have the least amount from the first board)
2. Cut all of the back panels from another board so that they all match.
3. Use maple for the center back panel, I have some curly maple I could use or just plain, hard maple. This panel will have a series of slots cut into it for venting anyway so using the lighter wood might work.

At this point I think I am leaning toward using maple, probably just the plan stuff which is the same wood I am using for the interior shelves and drawer sides.

Here is a picture of the side panels to give you an idea of what those look like.

If you would like to see more pictures of the project I have been trying to keep up on my blog,

I am interested to hear what you all think.

Thanks in advance.

-- Jeremy Morgan, CO Front Range,

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#1 posted 10-01-2013 04:43 PM

I’m a big fan of lots of contrast, so I’m of the “go with the maple” mindset. But then I’m also pairing maple and mahogany in my kitchen cabinets (yes, it has been three years and I’m just getting to the next section of cabinets now… sigh).

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 10-02-2013 12:42 AM

I am fine with using contrasting woods, but I think if there is only one piece that is contrasting that it will look like you ran out of cherry. I would be fine if all the drawer fronts were maple, but that isn’t what you want to do. So I would suggest going with your option 2. FWIW

-- Art

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