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2387 days ago

Hi,

I just joined the site, I wanted to thank everyone for the welcome notes. It looks like you have a lot of nice people here with real wood working talent.

I hope this is the correct forum to post this type of thing.

I’m a handyman type, novice woodworker with a few tools in the garage, table saw router table etc.. No planer or jointer so I have my limitations.

What I’m looking to build is a low console to house just my dvd player, tv set top box and stereo receiver.

I’m particularly inspired by Kaleo’s “Hollow entertainment unit” http://lumberjocks.com/projects/3364
I’ll probably build something about half the width of his.

If you have any advice or know of some plans I can use as a starting point let me know.

Here’s the rough idea:

Let me know if these proportions seem out of whack
24” H x 40” W x 22” Deep

I’m still not sure if I want legs, I may just go with the ball rollers on the bottom.

The box will be constructed of 3/4” sheet material either MDF with veneer or hardwood ply.

On the back I want to have sliding doors running in dados so I can access all of the connections to the stereo equipment. I suppose this will mean the box needs to be pretty strong in the corners since the back will not be adding strength.

I’m thinking of having one door on the front that flips up and slides in (not sure what this kind of door is called).

So, that’s the project.

Again thanks for all of the warm welcomes.

Tim


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#1 posted 2387 days ago

im thinking for a flip up slide back in type door you might consider barrister bookcase type hard ware . and welcome to lumberjocks ! another thought if possible i put my components on shelves with full extension drawer slides . then you can pull them out to access the wires , good luck tim let us know how you make out

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#2 posted 2386 days ago

mrtrim, The barrister door is exactly what I’m looking for! I wasn’t sure what the fliip-up door was called, thanks for letting me know. I really like your shelf on drawer slides idea, perhaps that will fit into my design.

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#3 posted 2385 days ago

glad i could be of help to you tim

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#4 posted 2385 days ago

Tim, I built this one a couple of years ago from a sheet of 5/8 oak plywood the trim carpenter left laying around during my Katrina repairs:

http://www.loyno.edu/~cbmarsh/images/ec1sm.jpg

It is not exactly what you are planning, but there are a couple of ideas I think you can use. First, if you notice the way the tiers are laid out, there are no long unsupported spans, which tend to sag with time. Also, notice that I put a pair of casters in the center, directly underneath a vertical support, so it is virtually impossible for the unit to ever sag in the middle.

This unit is open in the back, so for lateral support I screwed T-brackets whereververtical and horizontal pieces met. In the end, I was surprised at how rock-solid it turned out.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 2385 days ago

Hi CharlieM1958,

Thanks for the info, the brackets are exactly what I need to hold this thing together. You have a good point about sag since my amp is quite heavy. I’m having second thoughts about using castors at all, I suddenly pictured my 2 year old riding the thing around the house. :-) I will have to have some middle support in my final design. I’m rethinking the deminsions now, I think I can go smaller.

Tim

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#6 posted 2385 days ago

If it is going on a smooth surface like tile or hardwood, casters might be a bad idea with a young one around. On carpet, it would stay put.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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