This is a solid pine entertainment center I built for my Pirate themed living room. I wanted an entertainment center that would fit the look of pirate furniture but still have enough class to be appealing.
To start I made all of the larger panels that I would be using to make the top, bottom, and sides out of pine boards that I joined together using biscuits and glue. I clamped the boards together and let the glue dry.
After the glue dried, I sanded the boards down with a belt sander and then orbital sander.
After all of the boards were sanded, they were cut down to size with a circular saw.
The next step was routing out channels in order for the boards to fit into each other. I also routed a channel in the back of all the boards so that I could fit a 1/4″ plywood back on the entertainment center.
All the pieces were then glued together. Here you can clearly see the channels that were cut for the boards to fit into.
I used nails to keep it together as the glue dried more than as structural support. If I would have had a lot of long clamps, I probably wouldn’t have used nails.
After the main box was built and the glue was dry, I cut down some boards into trim pieces and glued and nailed them on.
I drilled pocket holes in some boards to create feet and attached them to the bottom with glue and screws.
Using pegboard as a simple guide, I drilled holes for adjustable shelves.
I then attached the front vertical trim pieces with glue and pocket hole screws in order to add more structural support.
The main structure is complete!
I filled all of the nail holes with wood filler.
I built the doors using pocket holes and glue, and then routed a groove in the back for glass to fit into.
I built shelves out of 1/2″ plywood and attached a small strip of pine to the front edge with glue and nails in order to give it a finished look.
After a thorough sanding, I applied to coats of primer to the entire piece with a light sanding in between coats.
I then painted the entertainment center with a black acrylic enamel. (Sorry for the picture quality)
After the paint was completely dry, I sanded all of the edges in order to give it a worn or antiqued look.
I went back and painted all of the newly exposed wood with a wood finish.
Once the paint was dry, I nailed 1/4″ plywood on the back. Only the inside face of the plywood was painted.
I drilled three holes in the back with a 2 1/2″ hole saw in order for cords to pass through. I added grommets to the holes for a cleaner installation.
I installed the glass in the doors using silicone. The glass was recessed into the door so I just ran a bead of silicone around the perimeter of the glass to hold it in place.
I wanted the glass to have an old and worn look so I taped off the doors and spray painted the edges of the glass with black paint. While it was still wet, I took a paper towel to randomly blot some of the paint off.
The last step was to install all of the hardware, doors, and shelves.
- 8- 8″x1″x10′ Pine Boards
- 1/4″ Plywood
- 1/2″ Plywood
- Wood Glue
- Pocket Hole Screws
- Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Primer
- Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel
- Minwax Wood Finish
- Wood Filler
- Table Saw
- Circular Saw
- Miter Saw
- Biscuit Joiner
- Compressor with Nail Guns
- Belt Sander
- Orbital Sander
- Sanding Block
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Hole Saw
- Drill Bits
- Caulk Gun
- Rubber Mallet
- Putty Knife
- High Quality Mini Roller
- Purdy Brush
Total Time: Approximately 40 Hours
Total Cost: Approximately $300 (With plywood and paint remaining for the next build)