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This is my second instructable, and it links to the first.
This instructable is about how I made a hi-fi/multimedia storage cabinet, for my gcse project. Although most people are unlikely to make an identical piece of furniature to this, the design process and some of the techneques I used may come in usefull in making other furniature.
This is unlikely to be a perfect tutorial; this was a large project, and there were flaws. If you hit problems whilst following this instructable, I appologise.
If you decide to attempt this project, please read the whole instructable, and look at all the photos beforehand.
Feel free to alter the design; It was designed for me, to my specifications, so might not be ideal for you.
Sorry for the lack of assembly photos; This was written after I'd assembled it in my room, and I did not fancy dismantling it again.
I've entered this instructable, along with another, into the huricane lasers contest, so please vote for it!

Before I started making it, I had to write a design specification. This was it:

It should be:

Be adaptable:
Forms of media are changing, so the cabinet needs to be able to adapt to store anything from MP3 players to LPs

Have storage for various media, including media such as books

Have space for top-loading items, such as record players, which are still popular

Fit any size hi-fi up to 19in standard

Have connections for other equipment EG laptop, MP3 player, phone, etc.

Neat cable management

Have simplicity of construction allowing for volume production

Low cost, as many are expensive, and out of the budget of most people

Be recyclable, so it is better for the environment

Dust protection, as some media is sensitive to it.

Be relatively compact

Be durable

Be convenient

Only require one plug

Fit in with the design of most rooms

Leave ventilation space

Out of these I think I achived most of them, although it did end up bigger than I expected.
Harrison V2 years ago
What CNC did you use? And what laser cutter did you di?
mushroom glue (author)  Harrison V2 years ago
I can't remember exactly. I know it was a boxford A1 router, and i think it was a gravograph laser cutter. I know it had a 600x600 bed. I haven't used them for a while now, because I left the school they were at.
amakrickas3 years ago
Wonderful project, gonna make something alike myself, cause i'm moving from a house to flat, so need the space.
Anyway, I only need an amp and a turntable spots, maybe an ipod/laptop spot aswell, So there's gonna be some space for the lp's under the amp.
C'mon guy, you need to store your lp's vertical!

p.s what about the amp heating, does he get enough ventilation?
mushroom glue (author)  amakrickas3 years ago
Thanks for the comment. Good luck woth your project. I didn't leave vertical space for LPs at the time, as I didn't have all that many, and I was working for versitility. As for the amp, it's got plenty of ventilation. I cut a load of air vents in the back pannel for when the shutter's shut, and there's a decent gap above it anyway.
How are you planning to fit both a turntable and a laptop in? Are you going for something about the same width as mine, or are you going to put the laptop in a sliding draw or something?
zipperboy3 years ago
Looks good, and like the shutter. Retrospectively, there is enough diagrams and pics for anyone with half a brain to build this, good job.
mushroom glue (author)  zipperboy3 years ago
Thanks. I wasn't sure if I'd done sufficient. Do you think I should add "Half a brain" to the tools list?