|Project by kshipp||posted 02-22-2008 04:15 PM||2557 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
This started as a dresser that I saw for free on Craigslist this summer. I had been looking for something to house all of my electronic equipment and keep it organized. Ever since I got married it’s no longer cool to have as many wires and blinking lights showing as possible. So I went to pick it up and he was as happy to get it out of his second floor bedroom as I was to get it. I did some research online and it appears to be a mass-produced dresser from the 30’s or 40’s.
I started with the “woodworking.” I took the three drawers on each side and converted them to shelves with a single door made of the previous drawer fronts. Finding and placing the hinges was tricky because I wanted to make sure the doors still looked like drawers. The top-middle drawer is also no longer a drawer, but instead opens down. The other two drawers are still drawers. I installed 1/4” hardboard over the dust frames for support.
Then I stripped the whole thing which took a lot longer than I thought. I stained the light parts with a stain and then finished the whole thing with tung oil.
This is when the real work started that admittedly doesn’t have much to do with this site. Here is a list of what I was trying to stuff inside and on top of this thing: Cable Amplifier, Cable Modem, Vonage Phone Adapter, Wireless Router (non-woodworking type), Computer TV Tuner, Computer, DVD Burner, Media Card Reader, Scanner, Keyboard, Mouse, Amplifier, Printer, Battery Back-up, Charging Station, Phone, Television, and DVD Storage.
Here is an in progress picture:
Clearly it was a trick to fit all that stuff but I just took my time and made sure the wires were neat. I put some picture of the insides below.
Like I said, it’s not strictly a woodworking project but I appreciate comments and suggestions.
-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com