Built in stereo cupboard

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Project by Jersey posted 12-14-2015 10:57 PM 768 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a built in stereo and storage unit that sits under a staircase, next to where the TV is located. It used to be a complete waste of space (see last picture) but now serves as a home for all of the electronics plus a few drawers which house a printer (lower drawer), cables and electrical stuff (middle drawer) & video game stuff (top drawer).

The carcass is baltic birch and the trim and drawers are maple. The stereo unit is veneered maple on top of the baltic birch. The hardware for the stereo unit is from Accuride and allows the whole unit to swivel so that access can be gained to the back of the unit (Pic 5). The drawers run on Blum runners.

The challenge with a built in was to ensure that all of the electronics could be accessed from the inside once the cupboard went in. The system has a heat sensitive ventilation system to keep the electronics cool and an LED lighting system from IKEA (more for maintenance than anything else).

On the outside there is a plain door that I made to match the joinery in the 1850’s building (left on pic 1) to hide all of the modern stuff behind a traditional cupboard door. It needs a handle and painting but is near enough.

The cool thing is that the remote works through the door and most people never notice it is there.

This was a lot of time in the planning stage and then work and kids meant another couple of years in the doing stage (on and off). Really pleased how it turned out.

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 02:34 AM

We’ll done should work well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 05:54 AM

Hey Jersey that looks beautiful. I have been trying do something similar but I am having trouble with trying to figure out what all hardware I need to route all the video, Ethernet, and audio. Can you tell me what all you have behind the cabinet? Thanks

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 07:44 AM

Hi Ritmann, the cables that are wired in at the back are for power, surround speakers, subwoofer, Ethernet, HDMI output, TV aerial, satellite TV dish, phone line. Thanks for looking.

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#4 posted 12-15-2015 01:53 PM

Nothing says “I’ve made it in life” like a well organized stereo/home theater :^)

Beautiful work there Jersey, from the cable management (so underrated) to he fitment of those drawers. I see some pretty thick cables sticking out the back there, makes me want to see the rest of your system!

I think you’ve successfully achieved the holy grail of cable management plus accessibility. Most spend a lifetime trying to achieve that and few get it right.

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#5 posted 12-16-2015 01:22 AM


-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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