What You Need for This Project
To simplify the project, use preglued pine boards. If you want to make the entertainment centre from a different material, simply glue up boards to match the dimensions of the first two items in the materials list. This will be the first step. An entertainment centre built using these instructions will hold a television up to 33 inches wide, 29 in. high, and 23 in. deep.
Cut your boards into the following pieces and arrange them by group so they're easier to use as you move through each step.
Preglue the Boards
Glue Up the Boards
Take one of the "B" boards and glue it to one "A" board. Take the other "B" board and glue it to the second "B" board. You should now have one side base piece glued to the front base piece, and another glued to the back base piece.
Prepare the Sides & Dividers for Shelves
Cut dadoes on the inside faces of the "C" side boards so they can receive the "E" middle shelves. The dadoes should measure 3/4 in. wide by 3/8 in. deep. The top of the lower dadoes should be 23 3/4 in. up from the bottom of the side boards. The top of the upper dadoes should be 32 3/4 in. up from the top of the lower dadoes.
Make Shelf Holes
Use a piece of pegboard as a template to bore 1/4 in. diameter holes in the side boards (C), bottom shelf dividers (G), and middle shelf divider (H). The holes will receive shelf pins for the adjustable shelves.
Assemble the Pieces
Glue, Drill & Screw the Side Boards
Apply wood glue to the bottom of each side board. Align the side boards with the bottom (D) so the front edges of the boards are flush. Drill countersink holes in the bottom board and screw it to the side boards.
Install the Upper & Lower Shelves
Apply wood glue to the lower dadoes and install the lower shelf so the front edge is flush with the front edges of the side boards. Drive 3d finish nails through the side boards to secure the shelf. Clamp the assembly. Install the upper shelf the same way as the lower one and allow the glue to dry.
Install the Middle Shelf
Attach the Side Boards
Apply wood glue to the top ends of the side boards. Align the top (F) on the side boards with the front edges flush. The ends of the top should overhang each side by 1/2 in. Bore countersink holes through the top and screw it to the side boards. Clamp the top and allow the glue to dry.
Set the Base Pieces
Align the base pieces (A and B) to form a box and screw them together. The A boards should be parallel to each other, with the B boards connecting them.
Set the Carcase in Place
Place the carcase on the base. The front and sides of the carcase and the base should be flush. The back edge of the bottom should be flush with the back of the base and the sideboards should extend 1/2 in. beyond the back of the base. Bore countersink holes in the bottom and screw it to the base.
Finish Off With the Base Panel
Square the carcase and screw the back panel in place. The panel should butt tight to the bottom of the top shelf and the inside faces of the side pieces. It should extend past the bottom of the bottom shelf, partially covering the base.
Add the Shelves & Trim
Cut & Install Shelves
Cut shelves (K) to fit for each cubbyhole. Install the shelves using shelf pins to support them.
Add the Finishing Touches
How To Terms
- Preglue the Boards
- Glue Up Boards
- Prepare the Sides & Dividers for Shelves
- Cut Deep Dadoes
- Make Shelf Holes
- Assemble the Pieces
- Glue, Drill & Screw the Side Boards
- Install the Upper & Lower Shelves
- Install the Middle Shelf
- Attach the Side Boards
- Set the Base Pieces
- Set the Carcase in Place
- Finish Off With the Base Panel
- Add the Shelves & Trim
- Cut & Install Shelves
- Add the Finishing Touches
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