Built-in Entertainment Centre

I built this simple entertainment centre in two separate parts.  I finished and installed the bottom last summer just before it started getting cold out, and early this summer, I finished the upper portion.  I didn’t take any progress pictures on this one, but it generally follows the sort of design that you’d see on the New Yankee Workshop – very simple, dados and rebates nailed and screwed together and covered up with lots of wood filler.  To dress it up a little, I added glass doors to the top, illuminated the top cabinet and the top of the case with strip LEDs from Lee Valley Tools, and set it up with a dimmer.  I plugged the LED’s transformer into the existing switched receptacle in the room and in the evening, this cabinet serves as our primary light source in the room.  The light looks much more yellow in the photo than it does at night – even dimmed, these LEDs have a nice coloured light.  The finish on this is General Finishes Enduro White Poly, which was impressively easy to apply (as long as you use the right spray gun tip).  Unfortunately my driveway now has a faint cabinet outline on it from overspray…

Those upper cabinets are crying out to display the few antique planes I have and don't use.

Those upper cabinets are crying out to display the few antique planes I have and don’t use.

The colours in this photo are really quite wrong - the LEDs aren't yellow like this.

The colours in this photo are really quite wrong – the LEDs aren’t yellow like this.

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