Adding a shelf to an entertainment center

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  1. techfuzz

    techfuzz Diamond Member

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    I have an entertainment center with 2 shelves for holding the audio/video equipment. I'd like to add an additional shelf. Seeing as how I will be going to Lowes/Home Depot for supplies for this project, what kind of wood should I be looking for? For example, should I consider pressboard or stick with regular board lumber?

    The existing wood looks a lot like maple, but its a little darker probably due to a light coat of varnish. The dimensions of the existing shelves are 18.5" wide, 13.5" deep, and 5/16" thick. I wouldn't have to go as deep or thick on this new shelf, the DVD player I'm wanting to add is that deep nor that heavy.

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    MDF would probably be fine if you plan to paint it. Otherwise, see if they have a scrap piece of birch ply they could cut for you. Sand, slap on some stain/varnish, and you're done.
     
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    I second what Fausto said
     
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    Is birch similar in color to maple?

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    Yep. It's pretty pale. Get a piece of scrap and play around with the stain color until you're happy. Be sure to do two coats and let it try completely. Minwax makes this stuff that's both stain and laquer all in one, but I can't recall the name.

     
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    I actually went with a piece of MDF that was fairly cheap. The birch had too many knots in it and didn't look like that good a quality. I think I'll just leave it as-is since it really isn't that noticable and I doubt anyone else will notice unless they look closely.

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    Maybe tonight after I get back from dinner. I'm taking my fiance out to dinner for VDay in a little while.

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    Sorry, I didn't get around to taking any last night, but here are two showing the additional shelf I added.

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    Pic 2

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    needs some varnish. two coats would probably do it just fine
     
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    Is it that noticable not being painted?

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    it sticks out like a sore thumb, especially since your only silver component is there
     
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    Ok, I'm adding the stain to it tonight and tomorrow. When it's done being stained, I'll take some more pictures and post them.

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    MDF will absorb varnish like a sponge. It will nearly match in color with just varnish. Any stain will apear 2-3 shades darker if applied to MDF. The edge will turn nearly black with nearly any color stain, and will be noticably darker with just varnish.
     
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    I chose the "Natural Wood" finish. I hope it doesn't get too dark. I'll let it dry overnight and check to see if it needs a second coat.

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