Woodworking Talk banner
1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
134 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
He was an audiophile. In their finished attic is where he had kept all his stereo equipment. They were about gut that entire room and we would build a walk-in dressing room for them… so they also asked to have a cabinet made to hold his components. It was to sit in a much smaller room on the first floor .
After some thought as to it’s size restrictions and some discussion with their a/v guy, they sent me a computer generated layout for it’s internal requirements. As I usually do all that work for clients myself, it was a pleasure working from this diagram. Now I could simply concentrate on making it handsome.
Here is that layout….



As you can see, the counter top on the left side had to pivot upward to access the turn table from above. Though more labor intensive to construct, this is much preferable to a roll-out shelf holding the turntable. The counter top needed to be made it two pieces. We made the piece from cherry, stained to a warm brown.



Here (on the work bench) you can see the ventilation slots in the unit's back as well as those cut into the shelves ...to keep the components from over-heating.



The interior mechanics required some thought as both glass doors were to recess into side pockets and an anti-slam lid arm had to be positioned in just the right place (I was running out of room).



Although this is a picture from the shop (without door pulls), you can see how we designed it with fairly clean lines, but kept paneled sides and some square trim to make sure it remained looking like furniture and not simply a unadorned ‘box’.



We have just rebuilt our website (old one wasn’t smart phone/ small device friendly) and I can now begin adding a number of new blogs (recent projects) I’ve been waiting to publish. We are still tweeking the new site (older blogs from the earlier site aren’t displaying the photos, etc, etc )
 

·
Really underground garage
Joined
·
2,552 Posts
Looks good,hope your boys are doing well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
134 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Looks good,hope your boys are doing well.
We are BW / thx for checking in / eldest is now working with a home builder / youngest is still with me (with another helper, when volume demands)

Looking forward to add some more content here (recent work)
 

·
Really underground garage
Joined
·
2,552 Posts
Will save the long stories,but just when you think they aren't listening....fast FWD 20 years,and one day your jaw hits the floor."So you were listening",haha.

Everybody luvs pics.Especially from the pro guys.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
134 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
LOL / it's true

More pics..... coming right up! (I'll wait a week)
 

·
johnep
Joined
·
2,140 Posts
I am looking for something similar but narrow to hold a video player, Free Sat box and small stereo. will probably buy a narrow bookcase.
At present the items are balanced somewhat precariously on top of each other on small table.
johnep
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
134 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
I am looking for something similar but narrow to hold a video player, Free Sat box and small stereo. will probably buy a narrow bookcase.
At present the items are balanced somewhat precariously on top of each other on small table.
johnep
'library depth' (12" to 14") cabinets are usually to shallow to hold stereo equip / Except for the turntable, everything else has shrunk over the last 25 yrs / I'm assuming it will sit against a wall, yes?
 

·
johnep
Joined
·
2,140 Posts
Yes standard depth of a bookcase in UK usually about 20cm. YThis will be too shallow, but others are available at 30cm. 30cm will be ok for me, Will be looking at some in Cambridge on Wednesday.
johnep
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
As an old audiophile and a bit more than novice w/w; be SURE to leave LOTS of air circulation capability- similar to 'sticking' lumber for air drying, only more so. Looks like reasonably good quality equipment, so needs lots of air circulation for cooking. And, a reminder to keep front glass doors open during actual use. Additionally, I'd recommend bigger rear access ports in the back for unexpected but relatively often wiring access and changes in cables and even equipment. This happens often, despite contrary opinions. Additionally, the unit should either be on casters of some sort, or each of the components on full extension slides/shelves. Been doing this since the days of Fisher kits and the first Sony reel-reel consumer tape recorder said
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
Sorry for the earlier typos. Access and cooling are of primary importance, hence the glass doors warning, and the slides/casters suggestion. I probably build a new cabinet once each decade, as components change, and prior to building each new one I go through many cable changes for several years preceding. Your basic design looks clean, neat, and simpl[y] attractive. Kind Regards, please keep us updated
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
134 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Sorry for the earlier typos. Access and cooling are of primary importance, hence the glass doors warning, and the slides/casters suggestion. I probably build a new cabinet once each decade, as components change, and prior to building each new one I go through many cable changes for several years preceding. Your basic design looks clean, neat, and simpl[y] attractive. Kind Regards, please keep us updated
I've built huge built-ins holding 5 times this size for home theaters / fans, 300 lb extension racks on hidden wheels, etc, etc
They wanted a stationary piece of furniture / They consulted with his tech people / a roll-out turntable shelf is & was a bad idea / the rest of the equipment was not to be serviced often enough to warrant roll-out shelves / you are building them for yourself (it seems) and that has little to do with working for a client / some times I'm everything for the client other times I'm a good soldier / if I thought they were doing anything foolish, I would always mention it .... after that, a client gets what a client wants .... & signs the check :)
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top