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swoop 08-31-2009 10:31 AM

Another Build your own cabinet thread
I am wanting to build my own cabinets. I am finishing my basement. My plan is to build an entertainment set of cabinets for the media area. My idea is to have base cabinets along the wall in question with shelving on the sides with a bridge across the TV area. I know I can pull this off, but I really would like any and all sugestions about doing this. I havn't ever made cabinets before. BUt I am up for the challenge. I own a portable table saw, circular saw, compound miter, nail guns, clamps. Or am I over my head??

Jay123 08-31-2009 10:46 AM

I'd pick up a book or two on cabinet building and read through them. Then, you may want to start on building a small cabinet or two to get some experience and see if you're up to it before you jump into a large entertainment center.

No one on the net can tell if you're up to it with no experience. :no:

Jay123 08-31-2009 10:55 AM

Here are some drawings from earlier this year, that may be similar to what you're wanting to do. Sketch everything up (to scale) on 1/4" graph paper to work through it.

It didn't turn into a project, so maybe someone will build it. :laughing:

swoop 08-31-2009 01:38 PM

That is very close to what I have envisioned. I have this idea of having the shelving and base cabinets extending out and having the TV portion with cabinets set in. My problem is that in the right hand side corner of the basement is where my sump pump is. This way I can enclose the pump and have it hidden in the entertainment center. I will definitely pick up a couple of books. I have picked up books before. But they can be very vague. Do you have a favorite book?

Jay123 08-31-2009 01:51 PM

Don't have any specific titles for you, but check here:

And like I said, build a couple of small cabinets (hopefully something you can use) to see if it's something you want to do in regards to a larger project. :yes:

vsheetz 08-31-2009 06:26 PM

Here is a thread I started to get help with a problem I had when building my entertainment cabinet - includes several pictures and how-to of the build.

It came it pretty good I think - the biggy is the wife is very happy with it. :thumbsup:

Green Giant 09-01-2009 11:05 AM

swoop, is this the only place the entertainment center can go? While this will be a nice addition to the basement, and will cover up the sump pump, make sure you take maintenance/repair into account. These things included, clearance for pump, as well as clearance for servicing the pump. If pump malfunctions or leaks, is it in location to not damage the rest of the unit as well as any electronics.

If you have another spot for entertainment unit, maybe you can build a small wet bar in this area? I would hate for you to build such a great project, to have the sump pump malfunction, and ruin all the hardwork you put into the cabinet.

Jay123 09-01-2009 11:12 AM

or make sure your plumber is hobbit :laughing:

swoop 09-05-2009 10:07 AM

This is the ideal place for it. My plan of course would be to leave the end where the pump is clear and accessible inside the cabinet space for anything that I might have to do to it. Perhaps fashion it such a way that the top of the counter top can be removed if needed. I like how VSHEETZ placed his cabinets on top of 2x4's . Hopefully that would allow enough space between the floor and the wood in case of flooding. I don't think I would be chancing to much here. I have lived in the house now going on 9 years and there hasn't been once that the pump has even ran. I have had some week long rains that have soaked the ground good and water will drain into the well but it never raises enough to ever turn on. Of course I have checked its operation occasionally. Now that the basement is getting finished I'll check more often. But I'm fine with the proposed entertainment cabinets there.

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