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Ok so I decided to build my own console since the prices to buy one are ridiculous. So for 200$ in parts I have started the build. Here are the pics of the progress. Any insight or comments welcome. Thanks for looking!!

Here are the materials- oak plywood 3/4. Wood screws. 2x3's for frame. Mohagany stain.

Frame completed:

Bottom shelf on frame. 3" overhang:

Side panels on:

All 4 uprights in place:

First shelf in place with top put on uncut for trial purposes:


This is as far as we got because the neighborhood lost power.

Finished product will have 3 slots for components in each side. In the middle will house the center channel on top slot. And below will be half shelves for Blu ray storage

Size will be 66"x33"x20"

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Looking good Brian!!!

Congrats and I'm looking forward to see more pics soon.

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Thanks Carlos!

I forgot to mention the components will be protected by probing 2 yr olds fingers with custom made glad doors smile.gif

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Seriously awesome Brian. Maybe I'll try to make one some day. I see having a garage helps though biggrin.gif

Do you plan on closing the back? If so, don't forget about thermal issues.

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Thanks! I don't have. Garage. But my buddy does smile.gif and he lives around the corner smile.gif

I am leaving the left and right compartments backless to allow for ventilation. The center will have a backing so the blu rays don't fall through

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Looking good. Work-working is so much fun. I look forward to doing lots during retirement.
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Thanks scandal!!

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Looks good. I just put a first coat of paint on my equipment rack/disc storage area. Wood working is fun.

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Agreed. It seems as though the staining drying staining drying will take the longest.

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Agreed. It seems as though the staining drying staining drying will take the longest.

Its always the worst part for me, because of the length of time. Staining is a bit easier because you don't have to battle the brush marks or laying the perfect coat of spray down.

On the flip side stain does not hide imperfections.

Cant wait to see the finished product.

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As I said elsewhere, I don't do much woodworking myself but I recently modded my own console. Mine was sagging from the weight of all the components so I added support; I see you wont' have that problem considering how you put the base together.

However, I'm quite proud of my idea to add drawer slides to one shelf, so I could slide the receiver out. I used those slides, good for 100 lbs. Since the shelf takes up all the space between the side walls, I simply cut a 2x4 along its length to have 2x2's, and attached the drawer-side slides to those 2x2s. Once in place, I put the shelf on top and screwed it on the 2x2s.

As for the back, I have an idea that I'd like to try one day. The problem with open backs is that you see the wall and all the mess behind (I think I have kilometers of HDMI cables and speaker wires there). If you close the back, you don't see the mess, but you still have to make holes for the wires, which can be hell if you want to know which cable is which. Also, holes are good for ventilation, but not really sufficient either. So I thought of leaving a full 2-3" gap in the back panel for the wires and ventilation; but there could be another offset back panel further to hide the back wall and wires. This would also provide a natural chimney for hot air to escape.

I realize it's hard to picture what I have in mind so here's a quick schematic:



I guess one could also install a fan at the back to force air through the console, and it wouldn't be visible either.

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Wow great job Neutro!!

Surprisingly I currently have open back and the wires aren't visible. I'm hoping the same for this. Even with the open back I have two USB fans running to keep the 809 and xpa5 cool especially since I have the plexi glass on the front.

We shall see. I just hit up Home Depot to get the final few materials. But as said before. Construction is delayed until next Tuesday. Then another couple days to stain. So eta is next weekend

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What kind of fans are you using? Can you hear them (when sound is off)?

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Nope they are dead silent. Best part is they only turn on when the components are on smile.gif

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Do you have a link? smile.gif Do they turn on at the same time as other components simply because they're powered by those components? I guess you find them effective even if they're dead silent?

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002NVC1DS/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?qid=1375388679&sr=8-5&pi=SL75

Plugs into the avr USB in the back. Turns on when the avr turns on. Pretty cool (no pun intended). Just enough air movement so I don't have to worry about frying anything.

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Thanks for the tip! (Although those particular fans are $38 + $7 shipping in Canada lol. It's always like this).

So they're basically computer case fans powered via USB. Never thought of that before.

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Any new pics of your progress Brian?

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Yup here ya go:








Nice huh? Haha. We have been at a standstill. My parents are in town so more progress on Tuesday.

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^^ Oh yeah very nice indeed! Actually your not going to believe this, but it looks much like a few of my projects. Keep up the good work.

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Hahahah

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Getting there should be 100% done with build and first coat today:

Bottom shelves installed. Left and right sides are for components. Middle shelves are backed to fit bluray exactly





More shelves done, and a shot of a Blu ray disc in the shelve


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It's beginning to look good Brian! Are you using the space behind the blu-ray shelves for something? Hiding wires? Hiding something else? biggrin.gif

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Haha can't divulge that info on a public forum smile.gif

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That's looking great Brian. Must be something in common with PSB owners. I was appalled at the cost of decent speaker stands so I built my own.

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That's looking great Brian. Must be something in common with PSB owners. I was appalled at the cost of decent speaker stands so I built my own.

Hahah thanks for the compliment.

Here is a quick shot of the center in the console. Had to create slight raises due to a 1/8" bow in the top of the center speaker


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All puttied up. Waiting to dry then sand then stain. But this is the final product.

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Great design! It looks solid.

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Okay I'll say it out flat...looks good so far and I am envious.

Kudos for your drive to get it complete and hope you get many years of enjoyment out of it. Really well done!
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Okay I'll say it out flat...looks good so far and I am envious.

Kudos for your drive to get it complete and hope you get many years of enjoyment out of it. Really well done!

Thanks so much!! Was a ton of fun toake and not difficult at all. That's even with it being my first ever product. It went scarily smooth.

Only deviation was we were going to use dowels but couldn't figure how to line them up properly. Guess we could have made a template of come sort. But realized it is overkill for the wood screws used.

Next time around I will make it so the shelves are adjustable

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