Introduction: PlayStation Cabinet
As all my consoles being packed up in boxes and difficult to access for a quick trip down memory lane. I decided to make a simple robust box to house them all.
LED lights with modules to run them
4 x pc fans
Power plug hub
Step 1: Plan Your Box
So with this design the 4 middle cubbies are equal height and the other 2 are large enough to take a cd case standing on its end. This box is 1115 high x 630 wide x 415 deep
If your wanting a smaller box with the same effect 4 shelfs would be sweet 👌
This would be about 700 high x 630 wide x 415 deep.
The method I used was to measure up each device and roughly work out the space needed the ps3 was definitely the fattest.
Step 2: Cutting MDF
This part needs to be done fairly exact as if your a bit out it can mess things up later. You can get mdf in cut sizes this might make life a bit easier as you only have to cut one edge.
I used a circler saw with a straight edge clamped to the wood. A proper saw bench would make this a breeze.
Once you measure out the spacings for the shelfs pre drill before screwing, you can use some wood glue to help as well.
Now is a good time to attach the wheels as it's getting pretty heavy to move around, I used rubber caster wheels with two that lock.
Step 3: Door Symbols and Holes
For the door symbols I printed them off a Wikipedia page and cut them out and used as a stencil to get the right geometry the X and triangle are a bit difficult. Measure the center and use a pencil to get the design on the door, in my design the symbols are almost the same height as the cubbie hole.
For the fan holes in the rear I used a piece of wood as a stencil and cut them out with a jigsaw. The holes for the power cords etc I figured out what console was going in each shelf and made the smallest hole for each, you could make them all plug size but I wanted them small as possible.
Step 4: Painting
Start with the lighter colours as the gunmetal will be easier to cover your mistakes! Also don't forget the edges of the symbols and the middle pieces. I used test pots from Bunnings pretty expensive but it had to be right. I took a controller in and matched up the colours.
Green (Colac Bay) : C192 A3574.
Pink (Newmarket) : C192 P48H5.
Red (devils staircase) : C51 P05H8.
Blue/purple (Opua) : C242 A3665.
Dark Grey (golden downs) : C8 PG1B8.
These are all Nz colours from Dulux range if you need other numbers or codes I can put them up.
Step 5: Assembly
I decided to put the doors on with one coat as it would be easier to do the final coats on both sides at the same time with them hanging. I used small rollers to apply the paint these were good for doing the cutouts and inside edges.
Step 6: Symbols and Plastics
This part I cut out 4 squares of 3mm frosted perspex and screwed them to one side of the doors. The inside shapes of the triangle, circle and square were glued in with the cabinet laying on it back so I could place them exactly in the middle.
You can fit the door latch and knobs now too, I used a magnetic catch top and bottom with a simple chrome knob on the outside.
Step 7: Adding the Fans and Lights
The fans and leds are wired to two USB hubs this setup won't power all the fans at the same time with all the lights going. You could work out the output and add another hub to fix this, as you normally only use one or two at the same time this didn't bother me.
The leds have the sticky backing on them, this didn't hold up very well so I had to glue them in place.
My set up is separated into 5 sections so the colours for each box can be the colour of the symbol and the top and bottom cubbie can be the same. I used these small angle connectors to join the 3 lengths per cubbie together and a T section to run the wires outside of the box.
Step 8: Add Consoles Etc.
Add your playstations and run cords it's a good idea to use some type of plastic wrap or cable ties to keep things getting out of hand.
I'm yet to mount a power multi box to the cabinet to keep it all tidy.
Step 9: Done!
Now you should be pretty much finished, touch up any paint mishaps and it should be looking mint!