Introduction

That's Entertainment Wood TV Cabinet
Photos: Donna Moser/Alderman Studio
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Does your living room look like a warehouse for audio/visual equipment? An entertainment center will house your television set, VCR, stereo system and gaming console in one space-saving place. These custom wall units are specifically designed for this electronic gear. They also provide storage for videotapes, compact discs, cassettes, game cartridges and even your old LPs.

On the outside, entertainment centers closely resemble other wall units. Their deep base cabinets have doors or drawers, or both, and are topped with open shelving units. The middle cabinet typically houses a TV, so it's much wider and deeper than the shelving units that flank it.

Inside, however, you'll find a variety of specialized features. For example, rollout shelves provide easy access to individual electronic components, while adjustable drawer dividers neatly store tapes and CDs. Most also feature slide-back doors that allow an unobstructed view of the TV. Here's how to build your own custom unit using stock cabinets.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • circular saw
      Circular saw or hand saw
    • hammer
      Hammer or pneumatic finish nailer
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps, for holding together cabinets
    • flat prybar
      Thin pry bar, used to remove existing molding from walls
    • studfinder
      Stud finder, for locating wall studs
    • Countersink bit
      Countersink drill bit, used to bore screw-pilot and countersink holes in face frames

    Shopping List

    1. Stock cabinets with matching trim and plywood skins

    2. Contact cement, used to adhere prefinished plywood skin to assembled cabinets

    3. Paintbrush and paint roller, used to apply contact cement

    4. 1 ½-inch finishing nails, for attaching trim to cabinets

    5. 2 x 4s, used to build platform

    6. 2 ½- and 3-inch drywall screws, for joining together cabinets and assembling platform

    7. Wood shims, used to level platform and plumb cabinets

    8. 3/4 x 1-inch wood strips, to provide nailing support for crown molding