Sound Equipment Desk - ROLL TOP ALTERNATIVE

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Project by soakjr posted 01-11-2018 08:12 PM 1467 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed this “Roll Top” Sound Equipment Desk for the church. Both ‘halves’ of the desk are a little over 5 feet long and counter-top height. It’s made of Red Oak with Flat panel doors, trimmed and finished to match the pews . The vertical cabinet vented (on side and in back) and is made for the churches new rack-able sound equipment. The roll top cabinet is made for the sound board and other associated equipment. Everything is lockable.

One unique feature is the flat-panel roll top. Instead of the traditional tambour doors that are fabric backed or interlocking small narrow pieces, this door is only made up of only 5 total panels about 5.5 inches wide fastened together with hinges. The ends of each panel have an attached bearing that rides in a groove milled out in the interior face or each side. They wanted something heavier than standard doors; strong enough to span the 5’ opening and be a little more resistant to foul play.

See it in action here:

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#1 posted 01-12-2018 12:15 AM

Wow! That really looks nice. Like it’s always been there.

-- Chem, Central California

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 01-12-2018 11:42 AM

Nice take on a roll-top, but offering more security.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 01-12-2018 01:17 PM

Is there 1 bearing in the middle of each panel or 2 with a bearing on each corner? Does it roll up smooth and easy? Looks great!

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#4 posted 01-12-2018 02:32 PM


The furthest back panel has two bearings; a bearing at each corner. The rest of the panels just have a single bearing in the front corner. It’s similar to a garage door. It’s pretty smooth to roll up in my opinion for the total weight of the door.

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#5 posted 01-12-2018 06:01 PM

You did a beautiful job on this desk.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 01-12-2018 06:06 PM

nice looking cabinet well made

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Stanley Coker

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#7 posted 01-13-2018 10:58 AM

Very nice, and a very good concept to conceal everything. Done a great job.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#8 posted 01-13-2018 11:47 AM

I glanced at this a couple days ago and moved on – my loss

A rail and stile rolltop – what a neat concept as well as a surpurb engineering feat.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 01-13-2018 01:27 PM

It looks beautiful. You did a great job with the design and build.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#10 posted 01-13-2018 04:32 PM

Very Nice Indeed!

-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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