Entertainment Center 1: The Carcass

I haven’t quite finished the Jeweler’s Bench project but the boss really wants to upgrade our entertainment center now that we’ve got a nice new TV and furniture in the basement. We looked around for one to buy but just didn’t find anything we really liked. Then I started searching for some plans to build an entertainment center and we both really liked the look of this one from PlansNow. I’ve bought a couple of plans from there before and have been really pleased so I figured I’d dive in and begin the largest furniture project I’ve yet to attempt.

A few weeks ago my buddy Eric and I took the truck and picked up the necessary lumber for the project.


All in all, it’s about 40 board feet of maple hardwood, 3 sheets of 3/4” maple veneered plywood, and 1 sheet of 1/4” maple veneered plywood. I’ll be glad when I don’t have to move those full sheets of plywood around the garage anymore. :-)

Materials 2

I was also able to work a couple of new saw blades into the budget. I had read some good reviews of the Freud Diablo blades so I picked up one each for my circular saw, miter saw, and table saw. I’ve just been using the stock blades that came with each of those saws up until now so I’m sure I’ll see a big difference.

New Blade

So far I’ve only had a chance to use the circular saw blade but it definitely made a smoother cut in the plywood than the stock blade would have.

Smooth Cut

Enough about all that though, let’s get to some actual work. Step #1 in the plans was basically building the carcass of the entertainment center. I purchased one sheet of cabinet grade plywood ($$$) so I made sure to cut the most visible pieces out of that and the less visible pieces out of the other two sheets. By the end of day one I had all of the pieces for the carcass cut out and ready for dadoes.

Carcass Pieces

Day two was “dado day”. I very cautiously laid out, measured, and remeasured all of my markings. I checked the plans, double checked my measurements, re-checked the plans, and made absolutely positively no mistakes. (Yeah, right.) Ok, ok, I may have made one or two mistakes but after a little cursing and head scratching I figured out how to correct each one, luckily.

I ended day two with the entire carcass dry fitted together and looking pretty good. I’ve still got a ways to go but things are off to a good start, and later this week I’ll receive a new bottom weather seal for the garage door so maybe next time I’ll be able to work in my Hawaiian shirt. ;-)

Dry Fit 1

Dry Fit Scale View

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2 Responses to Entertainment Center 1: The Carcass

    1. The center already looks awesome! Can’t wait to see it finished. What color are you staining it? Keep up the good work!

    2. Thanks Angie! I’ll be trying to match it up just like it looks in the plans. A dark brown stain for the top and base with a natural tung oil finish on the case.

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