When I first glanced at longtime friend-of-Toolmonger Mike Haney’s new entertainment center, I was struck by the number of new entertainment center concepts I’ve seen in the past year or so. It just makes sense — when the shape of your TV changes, so does the gear that holds it up.
Mike opted for a super-sleek aluminum surface and 3” solid Brazilian ipe legs — in short, it’s industrial and stupid-cool. As if it wasn’t sweet enough at that point, Mike went even more badass and added fold-down polished mesh to hide the gear away.
You’re looking at the new style of the modern entertainment system –- long and low. The concept can be expressed any number of ways, from Mike’s sleek metal to more traditional approaches, like the one I built to replace the Ikea-style clunker I’ve had since high school. I made it from oak and finished it with red mahogany stain and cherry-colored wax. This gives it a “redder” vibe than many like, but I dig red and it goes with the rest of the furniture.
Though they look radically different, both pieces were built to adapt to changing technology. Also, I really must tip my hat to Mike’s superior use of multiple building materials –- but I think I edge him out on storage space.
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