I just finished a project I’ve been working on for a while. It’s an entertainment center designed around a top my customer bought on Ebay from a closed Starbucks coffee shop. The top also had a hole right in the middle where a garbage can used to be. Talk about a design challenge! Based on the tones of the top, I chose maple and black walnut for my materials. The construction is all loose mortise and tenon joinery. Since this unit houses home theater equipment, the back of the right side has a false panel to hide all the wiring behind. All of the shelves are adjustable.
Now…about that hole in the top. After visiting the customer’s home, I noticed the throw rug in the living room where this piece was going to reside had circles randomly placed in it. I also found a 7.1 channel surround sound system waiting to be installed. Based on the room layout, I devised a small stand that sits in the hole to hold the center channel speaker. The stand is basically two plates. The bottom plate rotates in the hole allowing the speaker to be aimed left or right, while the top plate pivots in grooves cut into the lower plate allowing the speaker to be aimed up or down. Pretty cool, huh? Hope you like it!
Kevin put up a series of blog posts over at Lumberjocks.com describing the entire process. So if you want more detail, check it out!