We were looking for an entertainment
center to both house the TV and stereo equipment as well as DVD's, CD's
and VHS tapes. I found the plans
in Woodsmith that met our needs, with a few modifications. The
plans were in Woodsmith Volume 25, #149, Woodsmith Magazine: http://www.woodsmith.com/
V25, #149: http://store.yahoo.com/backissuesstore/wsback149.html
The plans are available from http://plansnow.com/enthome.html
I made a few modifications to the plan. Our
entertainment center is made from cherry and cherry
plywood. It is finished with Moser's Danish Oil and Watco
wipe-on poly. The side cabinets have a fluted (Spectrum Cord)
glass for the
upper doors, vs, the clear glass shown in the plan. Finally, and
most important, all of the bottom cabinets have drawers inside them,
three drawers each for a total of 12 drawers. Those drawers were
all dovetailed and made from ash with 1/4" cherry ply bottoms.
This was my first experience making dovetailed drawers. I have a
Leigh jig, but it took quite some time and fiddling to get the joints
to come out close to acceptable. Subsequent investigation
revealed that my router bit is not centered in the guide bushing, thus,
I was getting offset results, even when not rotating the router.
This will be addressed during a future project. I made the crown
moldings using a Grizzly shaper cutter with removable inserts.
One other item of note, this is the first project with which I
have been successful using handplanes and scrapers for the final
finish. The only sanding I have done is at rail/stile corners and
in the molding.
This has been a huge project, I started in
August 2004 and finished in September 2005. Part of that was due
to a very unfortunate event that occurred while moving one of the side
cabinets to the house and involved the necessity of getting another
pane of Spectrum Corded glass for that side cabinet.
Finished Entertainment Center
NOTE: Woodsmith has much better photographers
available than I do. They probably have a little bit better
camera equipment and processing as well. The wall in the
background is a light yellowish tint, not blue, so the processor didn't
get the image quite right.
The following shows a better picture
relative to color, but prior to the right cabinet door glass being