For an alarming length of time my two printers have been sitting on the floor in my home office. Ironically I’m about to move but nonetheless it is time to make some more satisfactory accommodation for them. I need space for a laser printer/copier and a photo printer along with storage space for the accompanying papers (piles of the stuff, all sorts of different types and sizes) and inks and toners and probably snacks for the little men that live inside to do the actual painting work. I could do with some better locations for my Mac mini server, the TimeCapsule and the DSL modem too.
Given the general style of the bookcases I made previously (see the Office bookcase, small version page) I decided on a similar format for this piece. It’s a simple dovetailed carcase for the sides and top but the bottom is almost completely open with a couple of sliding dovetailed stretchers holding it together. The back is stopped several inches below the top. This should allow for plenty of ventilation to keep the electronics cool. Instead of shelves the equipment will sit on wire mesh drawers that again will help ventilation and obviously slide out for access to cables and reset buttons etc.
After only a year of waiting and delay I finally concluded the enough of the stock in my alarming big pile of vertical grain Douglas Fir is dry enough to start working on and over the last couple of weeks I face surfaced, jointed and thicknessed about 1000 bd.ft. of the stuff. Next week I intend – no, really – to start on construction. I guess the first job is to select and glue up suitable panels for the main carcase elements and perhaps make a start on the drawers.
Here’s the pdf of the plans and a picture of what it should turn out like -
- though I think I might make it without quite such wobbly edges.