|Project by SawdustTX||posted 10-14-2013 06:46 PM||1099 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
This is an audio equipment cabinet that “transforms” to an audio/video console for live events. The YouTube video shows the transformation from a simple enclosed box (for transportation) to an audio/video console with side tables, an elevated video projector shelf, and removeable back panel.
The design required a strong structure that can slide in and out of SUVs and trucks, fully protects the audio gear, and then transforms to a full console for live events. I wanted the doors, tables, lid, hardware, equipment and wiring to be self contained for transport. I also wanted minimal exterior hardware so the sides are smooth for loading and storage.Through a bunch of iterations and playing with mocked up parts, I ended up with:
- Door panels that cover the equipment serve double duty as side tables.
- Top lid serves double duty as the video projector shelf.
- Posts that store in the side walls raise the lid over 6 feet high so the projector is over most people’s heads.
- A series of steel pins interlock through holes from the lid through the shelves and both front doors so there is no external hardware on the face when it’s all closed up. Same thing for the back door panel.
- Steel pipe “wing spars” store vertically in the side walls, and then slide through holes in the cabinet horizontally to become supports for the side tables.
- Audio Equipment is rack mounted so the cabinet can be tipped on it’s side into an SUV or truck .
- Wiring holes through each shelf allow all wiring to stay connected during transport.
- Primary case construction is 3/4 cabinet plywood with #20 biscuit joints, reinforced with screws at key joints.
- Face frames and the lid are 1/2” solid whitewood. The lid is pocket screwed at the corners.
- All edging and face frames are joined using FF biscuits.
- The doors/tables are 1/2” cabinet ply with solid edging.
- Shelves are dadoed into the sides.
- Feet are 3×3x1 inch pine blocks with beveled edges, so the cabinet can be slid on any floor surface without damaging the floor or the cabinet. Stole this idea from a Chris Schwartz article about old tool chests.