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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Apollo Beach, FL
Built-in Entertainment Center, Pantry and Book Shelves
I have three new projects in our new home. We have been here just over a year and have finally determined that in order to survive on a daily basis. We need a pantry which will be built against two existing walls and two walls I add. The interior is likely going to be mostly shelving with a couple of cabinets for appliance storage. An entertainment center with cabinets at the bottom and shelving up top for some of my epoxy/wood turnings. Finally, a built-in set of book shelves with storage cabinets below for games.
I will not be suing MDF as we have way too much humidity around here so it will be painted plywood for all projects. The only electrical outlets and such are already in place or will be moved up (for the TV in the EC). A couple of can lights in the area around the book case for reading and a game table.
My biggest concerns will be what size plywood to use for the base cabinets? For all I need to keep the base cabinets at 18" depth so I don't take up too much space and EC the cabinets will be 20" to accommodate for electronics. All cabinets will be built one at a time so no sharing of plywood since I will be using adjustable shelf pins. In short, in an effort to save some money, would it be wise to use 1/2" plywood since the heaviest thing any of this will be supporting is the HT receiver which is around 35 pounds, or, should I just suck it up and spend the big bucks?
For the record, my local wood supplier has furniture grade plywood at $89 for 3/4 and $65 for 1/2". My wallet says go 1/2" but if there's a solid reason to stick with 3/4", I'm open to suggestion!
Pantry will be 6'x7' with base/upper cabinets on two walls and shelving on one wall (fourth wall is doorway).
EC will be 12.5' long floor to ceiling (8') with base cabinets for turntable (full slide drawer with drop down front), receiver and album storage in drawers. Upper will be open shelving and speaker cabinets with acoustic cloth door fronts.
Book cases will be base cabinets with lighted top shelf units on top for books. It will be L-shaped 6' and 9' length meeting in the middle with a corner cabinet of some sort.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17