Entertainment centers are a highly functional decorative unit that will keep your electronic equipment secure in one place. They provide a space to stand your television, a shelf for your DVD player and games console and even a space to store some much-loved games and DVD’s. You can build a cheap entertainment center yourself in a day that will help you make better use of the space in your home.
Things you need
- 2 2’4” x 1’6” x 3/4” wooden boards
- 1 3′ x 1’6” x 3/4” wooden board
- 2 2’11” x 1′ 5 1/2” x 3/4” wooden boards
- 1 2’11” x 9” wooden board
- 2 1’6” x 1′ 6 1/4” x 3/4” boards
- 1 2’11” x 2’4” x 3/4” board
- Wood cutter with Router
- Wood glue
- Glue brush
- 2 handles
- 4 hinges
- 12 screws
- Measure the space available to place the entertainment center in, using the tape measure. Note the width available and far the unit can extend into the room; as the unit needs to be able to hold a standard television.
- Note these dimensions on your notepad. For this example, we will create a unit 3 feet wide, 1 1/2 feet deep and 2 foot 4 inches high, with an open shelf and a cupboard.
- Sketch out the shape of your unit on your notepad. Use the sketch to decide on the size and number of wooden panels you will require. The size and number of panels for our example unit are listed here under “What you will need”.
- Purchase wooden boards of these sizes, or purchase a supply of wood and have it cut to the right sizes.
- Set up the wood cutter so the router will cut a 3/4 inch groove in the wood 1/2 an inch from the base of the wood. Cut a groove along one the 2’4” length of each of the 2’4” x 1’6” x 3/4” wooden boards.
- Reset the router so it cuts a 3/4 inch groove 9 3/4 inches from the base. Cut a 10 1/4” inch groove along one 1’6” length of each of the two boards.
- Reset the router so it cuts a 3/4 inch groove 1 inch above the base. Cut a groove along the same 1’6” length of each board that you cut the 9 inch groove.
- Reset the router so it cuts a 3/4 inch groove 8 inches from the base. Cut 3/4 inch grooves along the opposite 1’6” lengths of the two boards.
- Glue the 10 1/4” grove on one of the two boards using the wood glue and glue brush. Slide the 2’11” x 9” wooden board into the groove.
- Glue the other two horizontal grooves. Slide the two 2’11” x 1′ 5 1/2” x 3/4” wooden boards into these grooves. Brace each board while the glue dries.
- Glue the three horizontal grooves on the other board.
- Fix the glued board to the three boards attached to the first grooved board. Allow the glue to set and dry.
- Glue the vertical grooves on both boards forming the sides of the entertainment center.
- Slide the 2’11” x 2’4” x 3/4” board into this groove. Allow the glue to dry then stand the unit up.
- Glue the top of the three boards and place the 3′ x 1’6” x 3/4” wooden board on them.
- Attach two hinges to one of the 1’6” length of one 1’6” x 1′ 6 1/4” x 3/4” board, one 1 1/2” from the top, the other 1 1/2” from the bottom, using the screws and screwdriver. Repeat for the other board.
- Turn the boards over and attach a handle to the opposite side of the board to the hinges. Attach the hinges to the entertainment center so the doors cover the space where the 9” deep shelf sits.
- Once the unit is built, you can paint or decorate it to fit the décor of the room you will use it in. A deep mahogany varnish will make the the unit fit in well with a room full of dark colours while a light varnish will help the unit blend in to a lighter coloured room. If you are unsure, try to match the colors of other wooden furniture in the room.
A wood cutter with a router can throw off splinters and wood dust. These can catch in your hands or even in your eyes, leading to potentially severe damage. To avoid these potential injuries, always protect yourself when working with wood. Wear thick woodworking gloves and goggles while using the wood cutter.