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Build an audio-video entertainment centre

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  • Completion Time : Weekend Project

This multifunctional entertainment centre is perfect to display decorative accessories, audio-visual equipment, books and much much more. Ideal for the living room, it is a great addition in the bedroom or the office.
This piece of furniture, 60" wide x 84" high, is 10" deep at the top and 20 3/4" at the bottom. The lower cabinet unit features three drawers and shelves behind two closed doors; the top unit has seven open shelves and one larger cubicle, 36" wide, for the television set.
Although the plan proposes a painted MDF construction, a do-it-yourselfer who wants natural wood furniture can use plywood with a top layer of pine, cherry wood or of some exotic essence and then tint it.

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Tools and materials required

TOOLS

  • Bench saw or circular saw equipped with a guide block
  • Electric drill (plug in or portable)
  • Depth stop for 1/8" drill bit.
  • Depth stop for 3/8" drill bit
  • Finishing nail gun (optional)
  • Tape measure
  • Angle
  • Pencil
  • Sander

MATERIALS

  • 6 sheets of MDF 48" x 96" x 5/8"
  • 8 jointed pine moldings (chair rails) - 5/16" x 7/8" x 96"
  • 5 quarter rounds - 7/16" x 7/16" x 96"
  • No 6 flat head wood screws
  • 5/8" flat head wood screws
  • 2 squared wood pieces 1" x 1" x 96"
  • 20 metal acute angles, 3/4"
  • Wood glue
  • Ultra fine sandpaper sponge block
  • 150 grain sandpaper
  • 3 lighting fixtures
  • 2 100° spring door hinges,
  • 6 shelf runners, full expansion, 18"
  • 1 package of 5 mm shelf brackets
  • 5 handles

Before Assembly

Plans and elevations of entertainment center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of parts to be cut, so be sure to identify each one before assembly.

NOTE ON MDF

MDF is a versatile material that makes it easy to build strong, sturdy and affordable furniture. It is advisable to always glue the parts together with wood glue before fastening them with nails or screws. If the nails or screws do not provide enough strength, use clamps to hold the assembly together while the glue dries.
Screw fastening:
Always drill pilot holes using a countersink bit, with the pieces in their final assembled position. This will prevent the MDF from buckling or splitting under the torque of the screws. In one motion, the countersink bit bores a hole for the body of the screw as well as a cavity to conceal the screw head. You can use a driver-drill to do this, but it is advisable to finish tightening the screws with a manual screwdriver to prevent the driver-drill’s speed and force from damaging the MDF and weakening the screw’s grip.
Nail fastening:
For some projects it is best to use finishing nails. In such cases, using a pneumatic nailer will get the job done more quickly and easily, and the nails will hardly show.

IMPORTANT:

Always wear a protective mask when cutting or sanding MDF as the dust can be irritating and is a potential heath hazard. Work outside if you can; if this is not possible, close any air vents and doors leading to other rooms so as to prevent the dust from spreading. Open a window while you work and cover all items in the room with dust sheets. Vacuum once you have finished cutting.
 

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