Well... I finally got around to designing an entertainment center for my new big screen. After laying it out in AutoCad to get the rough dimensions, I decided I'd give Sketchup a try. I usually use Inventor for all my woodworking drawings (I still like Inventor better), but after all the talk on this forum about SU, I figured I'd give it a try. The construction of the 3d model went surprisingly fast. I like being able to create all the parts on the one view rather than make a bunch of separate parts and then putting them all together like in Inventor.
Anyway, here' what I came up with... Please give me all the concerns, praises, and the "you could do this instead of that". The back is still a work in progress. If you've got any suggestions about the back, please let me know. Being that this piece is wider than 48", I decided to kind of frame it out and put 1/4" ply into the framework to both keep down the weight and make it so that I don't have to use shiplapped planks (although I'd really like to) and really drive up the cost on wood.
P.S. I have the .skp file, but cannot get it to upload. Please PM me if you would like to see the .skp file.