I wanted a monitor riser for work, and I saw it as a perfect opportunity clean up some clutter. So after a number of sketches and research I came up with this. It has space underneath where I can tuck my keyboard and mouse, but what makes it interesting is the hidden amp and speakers.
Step 1: Electronic Guts
I'm new to the electronics side of things so after I got the the amp I began testing to see how it works. I figured out that it not only powered the speakers, but I could also run some LEDs and even a headphone jack that would relay the audio to use when the speakers weren't turned on.
Now I needed some place to put all this stuff.
Step 2: Wooden Outside
If you look at the photo from the underside you can see the different holes and pockets to accommodate everything. First I cut holes in the back to pass through electrical, audio and USB cables. Then I routed out two holes for the speakers and their wire. I couldn't find 2x oak anywhere so I laminated two pieces of 1x together to get the thickness necessary. I routed a channel in the back for the LEDs and drilled a hole in the center divider for the switch to turn everything on. You may also notice the two holes drilled into the top on the left-hand side. Those are there for the barrel hinges, necessary for the secret door. I'll get to that in a bit. And finally on the top I routed out a channel to place my Wacom table and stylus.
Step 3: Make It Pretty
As you can see there is a "secret" door on the left-hand side. That's where I put the amp, and it gives me a little place to put small desk items. I used barrel hinges on the door. They conceal themselves when the door is closed, they also have enough resistance to hold the door open.
Step 4: Wired
Step 5: And Done
When I started building this I had two monitors that were the size of the monitor on the left. I had to replace one monitor and in a happy accident the riser just to happened to line up my old monitor with the top of my new monitor perfectly.
It took me about 4 months on and off to put this together. When you build something there's always something you feel like you could have done better, but overall I'm happy with how it turned out.
Hope you enjoyed this. I'll do my best to answer any questions and I'd love any tips or ways to improve it.