Brian’s Low Entertainment Center
By Brian Lenhart from Katy, TX
Added on January 12, 2017
This was my spin on the project. Rather than the sliding doors, I went with the mortise and tenon cabinet style doors with 170 degree Euro style hinges. The whole project is made from 3/4″ Red Oak plywood for the top, bottom and vertical sides, the trim and door stiles and rails are solid Red Oak, and the door inserts and back are 1/4″ ply. I stained it with two coats of Minwax Espresso, and topped with 2-3 coats of Minwax wipe on Poly. Some of the dimensions were changed from the plan to fit the space.
I left out the angles on the trim top and bottom because I added the trim after the cabinet was assembled, since I did not trust my circular saw not to tip and ruin my work to that point. I think the squared up look fit the piece just fine, and gave it that modern look. I have not decided on hardware for the doors so they are still bare. I also moved the outer sides out to the edge of the top and bottom so the trim covers the joint of sides at the edges.
I really love the inset section of the back to allow room for a surge protector and get the furniture right up against the wall. Great addition to the plans! Thanks to Marc for being such a great resource for expanding woodworking knowledge! Keep up the good work!