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Reader Builds the Media Cabinet

There is nothing better than getting an email from a reader who has built a piece of furniture following one of my woodworking plans. My most recent plan is You Can Build the Versatile Media Cabinet. Mark Malcolm recently took on this project and the finished product is fantastic, especially since this is his first piece of furniture to build.

Mark Malcolm's media cabinet.

Mark Malcolm’s media cabinet.

The media cabinet in a well-trimmed out room. Note the bookcase on the right...

The media cabinet in a well trimmed out room. Note the bookcase on the right…

I asked Mark for more information about this project. He said…

It came out great (esp for my first one). As you can see I changed out the laminate plywood legs and face frames for poplar. Used two coats of cherry Minwax and two coats of their satin poly. I also changed the pulls to match the hardware color in the room. The bookcase you see is actually a hidden door I found online using Rixson center post hinges. I finished that first and then moved to the bookcase. My boys got my a new sliding mitre saw for Christmas so I think I might try to tackle your plans for the mitre stand. Looks awesome and I could easily use it instead of lugging the thing around!

Now, about that bookcase…

The bookcase; construction in progress. It is really a hidden door.

The bookcase; construction in progress. It is really a hidden door.

For a first woodworking project, Mark did an awesome job. A cool aspect of woodworking is taking a plan and making it work for the individual woodworker. Mark followed my plan but made some changes that made the project his own. Well done – on both the media cabinet and the bookcase.

See all of my woodworking plans by clicking here.

6 Comments

  1. Sarah says

    This is great to see! This plan is on my ‘to-do’ list.

    Really impressive work Mark and Jeff!

  2. That is fantastic! Both for you and for Mark.
    Mark, you did a great job on the media cabinet and the bookcase is just plain cool. Well done!
    Jeff, I imagine it is quite satisfying to see something that you put so much effort into come to full fruition. Congrats!

    • Hey Greg, thanks for your comments. It is satisfying to see someone build a piece of furniture following one of my designs. And it is great to see a beginning woodworker take it on and do so well. 🙂

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