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Step 1: Clearance Sales

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I was looking for a unit for my tv and amps for surround sound . I had a crappy little corner unit that simply wasn't big enuf for all my equipment.
I was looking for a cheep replacement in sales an auctions but came up with nothing suitable.
I then went to a clearance sale at a local furniture store and found a nice looking oak unit with some damage to all the doors the price tag on it was an astonishing £1600 but since there was considerable damage to it I simply asked for a price they would be happy to let let it go for I got a response of £100 if you take it away today? I just about had the guys hand off there was more than £100 worth of oak there.!

Step 2: Moving The Beast

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I clearly never thought this would be so heavy and the main body of the unit was so solid it was a real struggle for 4 big guys to get it in my people carrier!! After it was in I went and got all the 4 damaged doors that were in bits and threw them in too. the trip home was only 7 miles but thankfully it was a rare dry day in Scotland as only just over half the unit fitted in the car so the boot was wide open for the short journey!

When I got it home there was only me and my dad to get it out it was a struggle to say the least there are only two small step to get it in the front door but getting it in was an issue we got one end in and put the two legs on a towel so we could slide it in with both of us at one end. The good old laminate flooring made it Easier than lifting it to the living room it just slid into place.
iadam3 (author) 7 months ago
The cooling was an after thought when my yamaha amp came up with an over heat protection warning! I simply used the fan to move air rather than draw clean air and it seems to be doing the trick. My friend also has an issue with his xbox overheating but it was stacked with a big amp and skybox with the xbox on top! He managed to control the heat with simple spacers between the xbox and the other gear to allow airflow naturally with no extra fan but I needed air movement so a cheap (under £2) laptop cooler fan was perfect for my needs
wilgubeast7 months ago

Great find, and a cool project. There are several elements I want to borrow from this, not least of which is the built-in fan. I have an elderly white xbox 360 that needs some supplementary cooling, and your solution is simply perfect.

Your negotiation skills might make for a good Instructable: How to Get Oak Furniture for Cheap. I'd read it. :D