I’m excited about the new Map Fragment in the latest Google Play services! I’ve wanted to embed a Map View into one of my fragments for a while. A lot of developers have requested this feature, and I’m glad to see it in the support library.
Back in October, I began a new woodworking project to build a media center for the living room. Currently, my college entertainment center (designed for a 36″ CRT TV) serves as the only storage in the living room, and currently doesn’t do a great job. It’s time for something better. After looking around for plans, we finally picked this media center from Woodsmith #194:
The next question…what kind of wood to use. After seeing similar units in stores such as Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, the darker finishes really appealed to us. Since I have a garage full of walnut, this was my first choice. I quickly found that walnut plywood was too cost-prohibitive. Instead, I settled on building this with maple, since I also have a lot of that as well. I spent some time working on a dark finish:
|Testing out various staining and glaze techniques.
|Center cabinet for the TV
Making the center cabinet went by really fast. It features inset doors, which was a first for me. It also feels two pull-out drawers for easy access to all of the electronics, and ample space for heat dissipation. I plan to mount a high-grade power strip and gigabit ethernet switch for all of the components that require ethernet. In the end, I will also be mounting some LED strip lighting inside the case as well, to make it easy to see inside the cabinet.
Here’s the Center and Bridge console together.
|Bridge and Center cabinet together
In the next post, I’ll share some pictures of the two tower cabinets. I have started to make some progress there as well, and I’m anxious to get both of the tower cabinets complete as well. I can’t wait to bolt this unit together to see it all as one.