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#1 posted 02-08-2013 02:37 AM

Milo, I have never built a corner unit or anything Shaker so take this for what its worth.

I think you already have a fairly good picture in your mind of what you want, so I am not sure how much good someone else’s plans will do for you. Also, if you can find plans, you will likely need/want to modify them reducing their value.

For a large project like this, I think plywood would be a good idea. However, 3/4” cherry ply might be a little expensive so you need to factor that in as well. Then there is the decision about the face frame and how you will attach that to the ply. The shelves will likely need a lip for rigidity with a 42”+ expanse. Speaking of the shelves are you okay with cutting long 45* angles so they will fit the corner?

A rectangular cabinet will probably require less total space since you won’t lose the corner behind the cabinet. Do you have the ability to make a 3D design with SketchUp or a similar tool? That will show issues as you work through the design phase.

You should also plan a way to reduce heat from your components if you plan to use closed compartments. It can be as simple as openings in the top and bottom to allow the heat to escape or you can get small fans that turn on and off with a thermostat. Try to design openings for all the cords and cables. Ideally, none will be visible from the front yet are easily accessible when you need to change your configuration or replace a component. The unit will be heavy so you might want a way to secure it to the wall to avoid having it tip over during an earthquake or hurricane.

I am certain there are additional considerations, but this all that I came up with off the top of my head. Hopefully, more knowledgeable people will chime in here. Finally, I don’t mean any of this to discourage you; it is a very doable project if you think it through carefully. HTH

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