Inspired by Crate and Barrel designs, I decided to build me one very affordable Media cabinet.
@ C&B they use it as a space divider. It could fit many purposes and yet stand solid and strong!
For this project You would need
- 7 x 2Mx30CM Wood Shelfs (Pine or Oak - depending on Budget )
- 2 x 2Mx4cCM Flat Metal Bars
- Electric Drill
- Wood Screws
- Chisels 2,3,4 CM
- Wood filer
- Wood Saw
- Angle Ruler
- Wood Hammer (Or a Hammer with Rubber head)
- Good Energy :) & Music
Paint can be an option, however we decided to keep it in natural wood color.
Step 1: Making the Dovetails
First I had to cut the Shelves to 120CMx30CM(A) each and keep 36CMx30CM(B) for the Edges. That can easily be ordered or cut using a table saw.
In order to make the edges more interesting, I decided to make them in dovetails instead of just gluing or screwing them together.
The main steps are to
- Mark the edges of the A and make the cuts (Using the angle ruler, you may choose an angle of your liking)
- Place B in a 90 degree angle on A and mark the rest of the puzzle.
- After a lot of cutting, the edges should fit in.
In order to have a clean cut, use the Chisels and hammer it down slowly removing any extra wood every now and then. This step requires a lot of patience and endurance. Good luck.
An easy tutorial that helped me a lot was the below.
Step 2: Building the Puzzle
On a table or the floor, I tried to build in the puzzle.
I decided to test the shape and see how correct my angles were.
This step is just a quality control step were I identified the edges that needed more smoothing and the exact adjustments. A wooden filer was needed.
Step 3: Installing the Flat Bars
In order to have a smooth finish, I decided to make groves into the shelves so the metal bars would fit exactly in.
With a pencil I marked 15CM away from the edge a 4CMx2CM rectangle.
- With the Wood Hand Saw I made the 2CM cuts
- then with the Chisel and hammer it was a very easy task to cut thru the wood.
Some smoothing was needed using a wood filer
After all the groves are made, Using the electric drill, I made the necessarry holes into the metal rods based on the 36CM distances between each shelf.
Note: I made them 36CM since we are using 33 Disks in our turn table and we needed the extra room for additional art books.
Once all was screwed in, I had to put the backside. I used a drill and wooden screws to attach the backside to the shelves.
I prefer to drill the wood before using the screws in order to avoid unnecessary cracks in the wood.
Step 4: Making Sure It Stands & Filling It Up.
After sometime left on the floor, I made sure that the wood had already taken the correct shape and was ready to stand.
In order to hide all the electrical cables (as much as I could ;P ) I made 3CM holes into the back board on the levels where power cables, speaker cables and network cables needed to pass.
In this setup there is a special Airplay receiver using raspberry pi (I will post a project on that soon) that I added to the old school amplifier. Now we can airplay our music as well as listen to records from the 30s on the same amp and high quality speakers.
I apologize if I don't have documented photos or videos since I made this project a while back and didn't properly document it for a publication. I will be open to your questions if you are interested in such a piece for your living.