Kevin made a stylish but simple entertainment unit. You’ll need a weekend to do
it, mainly due to the paint. The only gear you will need is a saw, a couple of
drills, sander and some hardware.
Step one: Cut the parts using your
saw and a straight-edge. Work on the floor and lay the MDF sheets on
sacrificial timber. Wear a dust mask when cutting MDF, as well as your other
Step two: Assemble the cabinet on the
floor. Glue each joint with Aquadhere, and countersink all screws to finish
just below the surface. Drill pilot holes too, because MDF tends to split if
you force screws straight in.
Step three: Fill all the screw holes
with polyester resin (such as Selleys Plasti-Bond). When it’s set hard, sand
the surfaces and edges ready for painting.
Step four: Make the drawers by gluing
and nailing the pieces together. Use fine nails so you don’t split the MDF.
Step five: Paint the cabinet, shelves
and drawers. Start with a primer (such as White Knight’s MDF primer) to seal
all the surfaces thoroughly and quickly. Then finish with the paint of your
choice. Kevin chose a low-sheen acrylic.
Step six: Once the paint is dry you can
fit the drawers. Roller drawer-slides make this step very easy. Then drill
the holes for the shelf pins. Kevin made a template from a scrap of ply to
make sure all the holes line up. He also used a drill-stop to make sure he
didn’t drill too deep.
Make cut-outs in the back of your selves to make cabling easy, and for
the same reason drill a few large diameter holes in the back of the
On the cabinet bottom, fix on the 70 x 35mm stiffeners, then screw on the
legs. Make sure the back legs are positioned so they won’t hit your skirting
Finish off by fitting the draw knobs, nailing on the plywood backs, and
loading your new cabinet with all your entertainment gear.
Now sit back and watch Let’s Do It!
Kev’s Tip: Use a Warrington (also called a
“Brad” or “Cross Pein” hammer) to drive short or fine nails. The cross pein is
great for starting short nails, and the head is shaped for good control.