Louwren from Grande Prairie, AB
My wife and I were not able to find an adequate entertainment centre to organize our TV, audio/video components, movies and games so I decided to try my hand at building a custom piece. My previous experience with woodworking/construction was building a fence and framing the basement in a previous house we owned; items that didn’t require a lot of finesse in the build. This was my first attempt at constructing a piece that needed to look nice! After spending numerous hours viewing YouTube videos and creating a plan for the entertainment centre I started the build.
As you can see from the photos, the new entertainment centre is a built-in located in our family room and replaces our old Ikea TV stand, and provides additional storage and display space. The new entertainment centre uses the following materials from Windsor Plywood in Grande Prairie:
· Birch ¾ Plywood – used to create the carcass of the cabinets and shelves
· Birch ½ plywood – used to build the drawers
· Maple boards – used to create the face frames and the storage doors frames
· Beaded Wainscott – used for the background on the left and right shelving units, and the front of the storage doors
· Crown Molding – used along the top of the entertainment centre
· Hinges – for the storage doors
· Money spent on these materials was $1,489.29
The entertainment centre was primed and painted with white melamine paint; the baseboard from the wall was used to wrap around the base of the entertainment centre. Another feature of the entertainment centre is that I installed ABS piping under the left and right shelving units which opens up to the bottom shelve on the centre piece. This allows speaker wire and the internet cable to be installed easily and makes wires readily available to the audio/video components without having to drill holes in the sides of centre (except for the outer sides of the unit).