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post #1 of 14 Old 12-26-2012, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Designing new entertainment center

I have been wood working for about a year now and have really fell in love with it. I have always followed someone else's plans ,mainly those over at Ana-white . I want to take it to the next level by designing and building a new corner entertainment stand. I plan on incorporating a built in electric fireplace in order to help provide supplemental heat

We do plan on getting a new tv and wall mounting it but I can't help but look at the space and think of how awesome a full size built in would look. I would appreciate any insight that you can provide
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-27-2012, 07:30 AM
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What I normally do in this situation is look at a bunch of pictures then incorporate all the things I like in to my piece. I've always felt that once you understand joinery, you can make anything even your own designs. Good luck!
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I have built many entertainment centers, heat was always a factor.
I build "flues" into the back of them just to vent heat from electronics.
Placing a fireplace underneath electronics make take some thought on venting, perhaps even insulation.
The fireplace should come with specs for surrounding enclosure, start there with design.
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-27-2012, 09:05 AM
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I conquer with both previous comments. As for an electric heater I would suggest a convection heater. They don't get very hot and are economical to run. Fire hazard would be minimal with this kind of heater but it would pay to discuss final design with a heater. You could have a concealed heater behind your unit. Make your kicker into an inlet vent for cool air to draw to the rear and a 'flu' to allow the hot air out the top

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IVe seen a lot of new electric fireplaces that require no venting. Just an enclosure built around them with a little room to breath. They vent on the front of them.

I will definently look around on the net for some ideas on plans. and I will even make a few sketches.

This is going to coincide with the purchase of my new Rigid 4512 from HD. Cant wait to replace the POS rockwell I have that I got for 89 dollars from menards
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I am certainly no expert, but can share a few things from my experiences. Sorry for the long read:
  • Visit sites like Outwater Plastics and other woodworking supply sources. It's amazing how you change your thinking when you learn about what cool products and gadgets can be incorporated into your project
  • Give a lot of consideration to the current and any future A/V equipment that the EC will house. No matter what you have, try and incorporate adjustable shelves if possible
  • Give a lot of consideration to power requirements for your electronics. Also consider if you'll need to power any other items like lamps or seasonal decorations, and make it easy to connect everything to power
  • Give careful thought to whether you want to paint or stain your project. If you stain, do some research on what woods take what stains best. If you paint, I highly recommend Duron Plasti-Kote paint (still available through Sherwin Williams)
  • Consider whether you want any ambiance lighting in your project. Easier to run and hide those wires during construction than after
  • Don't forget to think about including wired network connections for your TV, Pandora Box, or other Internet-connected devices and make sure you have all the necessary cables in the wall/in your project before you button everything up
  • Consider mounting your TV to a board that will swing out to allow access to the back of it without having to pull it out and sit it on the floor

In a short while I'll post some pix of my built-in entertainment center, created by my father-in-law and myself.

Hope this helps . . . . and again sorry for the long post.
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A wide and a tight shot of my entertainment center.
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Storage for A/V on the left and kids' games/toys on the right. Drawer in the middle of the very bottom.
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The center panel below the TV lifts off. This is because I orignally had a rear projection TV that was 24" deep, and needed a way to pull it out and work on it. Doing so required a platform that was placed in front of the EC, onto which I'd roll the TV on to, giving me access to the rear.

Now I have a flat-panel TV.
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The center panel below the TV lifts off. This is because I orignally had a rear projection TV that was 24" deep, and needed a way to pull it out and work on it. Doing so required a platform that was placed in front of the EC, onto which I'd roll the TV on to, giving me access to the rear.

Now I have a flat-panel TV.
That is really great. Thank you for sharing and for the advice
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These two show the flat panel as mounted on a wall-mount bracket, which is mounted on a wood panel that swings out thanks to some heavy-duty gate hinges.
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The grayish circle in the center of the picture is an infra-red target. It receives IR signals and relays them to little IR emitters on each of my electronics shelves.

It lets me use remotes to control all electronics without having to keep the door open
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Each bay in the top shelf has a puck-style halogen light, which I mounted relatively flush with the surface of the wood to keep things a little more streamlined.

The last picture shows the warm glow of my ambiance/up-lighting, which is rope light that is behind the crown.

Both lights are controlled by in-line dimmer switches that are mounted in the A/V cabinet on the left.
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I have built a few entertainment centers lately out of some Honduras Mahogany I had left over from a door project. I have detailed pictures if your interested.
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