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    Built in Entertainment Center Project

    So you may remember the fireplace project from a few years ago.

    Well, I finally got started on doing something about the hole in the wall where the old fireplace was.

    Here's what the 'general' plan is.

    First, it's just going to be a very basic built in cabinent made out of cherry. The alcove will be paneled with 1/4" cherry ply.

    There are a few twists though, in that I'll be making sure that the entertainment center is ventilated using filtered air, to make sure that the components stay cool and clean. That's a requirement from Sharon.

    All electronics will be hidden behind the doors. I'll be using an RF based remote that uses IR blasters to communicate with the electronics components.

    There will also be a pull out rackmount shelf for housing the components to make it easy to get at the wiring that goes behind them.

    I'm already well down the path on this project. The paneling is up, the cabinet is well underway, and the pull out shelf mechanism is designed and built. More posts and pics to follow.

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    good deal brent,, cherry will look well in that area..
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    Ok, So the first step was to get that alcove paneled in. It's 52" wide. Too wide for a single sheet for the back. So I decided that the best thing to do would be to rip two sheets to 28" (to give me some room to play with) and then join them in the middle.

    This isn't paneling, made to be placed on walls, but rather is a pretty nice bit of cherry ply. So I used the table saw to make a very tiny half lap on the two pieces of ply to join them in the middle.

    The first time I did it I had a bit of an issue with glue squeeze out and it caused some issues with the finish. The veneer is too thin to do much sanding on so the glue squeeze out is really an issue.

    Since I had made my cuts oversize, I had enough room to cut out the joint, redo the half lap, and redo it. I was successful the second time.

    Now the other issue I had was the top of the alcove. I didn't want to have to use up 2 other sheets, so I sliced a 22" section off of my joined panel to use for the 'ceiling' if you will. The cabinet will be taller than that, so I figured no one will notice or care if the back of the cabinet at the bottom was not cherry. That helped me save on wood. Also it makes the grain flow on the back wall up to the ceiling, not that anyone would ever notice.

    I used a simple finishing technique that worked quite well. I would wipe on a seal coat, lightly sand that, and then put on a few coats of wipe on satin poly. I actually really like the way the alcove has turned out.

    You'll notice there are some gaps though at the corners. Thats where I went and made some custom cherry cove molding that will cover the gaps.

    Gluing the panels together
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    This panel had some nasty glue issues. Time to recut and reglue
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    Ok, That's looking better
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    Glue issue is gone, well, mostly.
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    Used some cauls and some homemade supports and some construction adhesive to glue the panel to the ceiling. I put some finishing nails around the edges. The molding will also help to keep it in place.
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    Ok, so Obviously some gaps, but the molding will cover the gaps. The bottom of the back will be covered by the cabinet.
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    Custom cherry cove molding. A little thick and bold. Should cover all the corners nicely.
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    So here's pretty much where I am right now.

    I've got the carcass made up out of 3/4 Cherry ply. I have the face frame made up. This was the dry fit where everything was screwed together.

    Everything is now apart and I'm working on sanding and finishing and gluing.

    I also have the top that is made out of solid cherry, but I don't have a picture of that right now.

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    And here is the sliding/pivoting rack mount for the electronic equipement. I'll be using ventilated rack mount shelves to hold the electronic components.

    I made this with 100# full extension slides so that it will slide all the way out and let you pivot it to get to the wires in the back.

    This plywood piece will be sanded/filled and painted black to match the components.

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    well i havnt ever seen a shiplap joint in plywood like that before brent,, tuff to clamp and get it right, you done well.. i would have used a mullion in the middle to make it easier to work with.

    that swivel drawer is slick and should work out just fine..
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    well i havnt ever seen a shiplap joint in plywood like that before brent,, tuff to clamp and get it right, you done well.. i would have used a mullion in the middle to make it easier to work with.

    that swivel drawer is slick and should work out just fine..
    I thought about doing some kind of mullion, but I really just wanted it to be one piece. Took a couple of tries, but it worked out ok.
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    Coming along nicely!
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    Looking good so far
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    Looking good, I like the swivel idea...a contortionist I never was
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    What! Progress photo's without the shop dogs inspecting everything. How is it you were able to take photo's without them in the way?
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