Vintage stereo cabinet that dissassembles

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Project by waxman posted 04-29-2009 07:49 PM 10619 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter was getting ready to head for college and needed a cabinet to house her vintage stereo. Since size/weight was an issue I constructed the cabinet into pieces that are held together with Minifix (KD) fittings from Rockler. This allows her to remove the stereo and dissassemble the cabinet when she has to move. The wood used is oak and oak plywood. The first photo shows the complete upper unit containing the stereo and the completed bottom section.

The next photos are the bottom unit that I just completed for albums and drawer for cassettes, D3 brush etc. The bottom unit is on casters so if she has to move it in her room it will make it easier. The drawer uses soft self-closing full-extension slide from Lee Valley. I used biscuit joinery for the trim to plywood and used Miller stepped dowels for joining the drawer pieces.

Update on the stereo cabinet. I moved my daughter into the USF campus for the summer session and was finally able to get the two cabinets together. See the first photo. She was very excited to have it in her room and we subsequently went to the local used record store and picked up a few more. As you can see it full of records.

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#1 posted 04-29-2009 08:10 PM

Great idea ! I bet she is happy with it. Always best to have a nice unit like that to put the stereo in.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 04-29-2009 08:12 PM

It’s quite the anomaly at college with everyone having MP3 players. She is the only one in the dorm with a true stereo.

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#3 posted 04-30-2009 03:39 AM

Looks good nice design

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 04-30-2009 08:54 AM

Great cabinet and it is nice to see the upper end hardware. It is a contrast to the stereo. albums and cassets? I was going to say that the stereo reminded me of my first stereo when I was in Junior High in the late 70’s, but mine had an 8-track instead of a casset. Those were the days.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#5 posted 04-30-2009 02:56 PM

I still have older stereo equipment in my living room ( and a 8-track player with tapes in storage!). I still enjoy the sound of vinyl through good equipment. It’s the way the music was intended to be played. I made cabinets for my albums (about 900) but my next project will be to construct a center for the stereo. Funny how your own personal project gets behind the ones you do for family…

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