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Design & Build Your Ideal Entertainment Center

Design & Build Your Ideal Entertainment Center
by the editors of Popular Woodworking

Popular Woodworking Books: 2004
Paperback, 128 pp., 24.99
ISBN 1-55870-697-6

     Popular Woodworking's editors have pulled together plans on several types of entertainment centers and published a full book of different options in making them. A first chapter goes into how to design one for your own needs, depth considerations, locations within a room, and furniture styles.
     From a simple corner TV stand to a six-foot tall, knock-down armoire and a full wall of office-style built-ins, these units include instructions for pocket doors, sliding tambour doors, a remote-control lift mechanism, fluted columns with turned quarter-capitals set into a recessed corner, a large lazy susan riding on laminated discs with ball bearings embedded in the center, and a wealth of basic woodworking instruction.
     Different projects show drawers constructed with everything from flathead sheet metal screws to finishing nails to router-cut dovetails. The projects range from a Chippendale style to a bedroom dresser with a TV cabinet, to a rustic, early American design.
     Contributing authors include Jim Stack, Glen Huey, Jim Stuard, Amy Zimmer, Rick Williams, and Danny Proulx. Ten different projects, and many many options are given to help you design and build your own ideal entertainment unit.

. . . Barb Siddiqui