A PAIR OF ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS
This woodworker stayed "entertained" this past summer and fall.
SHOP OWNER: Chris Knob
LOCATION: Wallingford, PA
Over the past six months, I've built two large entertainment units. One is for the new family room addition I added to our house this spring and summer. The other is a cherry entertainment unit that a customer ordered for their bedroom.
This cherry corner cabinet is the first in a series of pieces in a bedroom suite I'll be building. It has provided one of the most difficult technical and artistic challenges in my woodworking career.
The clients want four pieces all together. The remaining pieces are a low chest, a chest of drawers, and a display cabinet. They have to give the appearance of a single built-in when placed end to end, but they also want the ability to separate them and use as individual pieces if or when the situation warrants.
The cherry corner unit measures 90" high, 40" wide across the cabinet face, and 23" deep. The door panels are resawn from 8/4 stock and book matched. I milled the cornice from 12/4 stock, cut on a diagonal, and milled with a cove crown molding cutter and an inverted ogee bit. The doors slide on Accuride flipper door hardware and the dovetailed drawer boxes ride on epoxy coated full extension slides. The TV is on a full extension pivot and the component cabinet below has a raised panel cherry door and slides on barrister bookcase hardware.
The piece is modular and made up of eight sections bolted together with knockdown bolts. For the finish, I applied three coats of Enduro Waterborne Lacquer Overprint, from Compliant Spray Systems, tinted with a water-soluble aniline antique cherry dye.
The white entertainment unit and bookcase is made entirely from MDF. The hardware is the same as in the cherry unit. For the finish, I applied two coats of MDF Primer in a waterborne polyurethane base from CSS and two coats of a custom latex semi-gloss. The entire project cost less than $200, including the hardware.. . . Chris Knob
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