Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: West Chester, OH
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Wow. Just read this entire thread (took me 2 days) and got some incredible ideas. I saw several people say that they liked the Salamander Triple 20 but didn't like either the size or the price. I'm in the same camp so I'm going to try to build my own with a similar design.
It looks like the Salamander stuff is nothing more than some T-slot extruded aluminum framing with T-slot hardware and wood shelves. Should be pretty easy to cut cabinet grade plywood to the specific size I want, attached some edge banding, and paint to match the other furniture in my room. The shelves attach to the framing with the T-slot hardware so no wood joints are needed. That's perfect for my woodworking skill level. I'll adjust the space in the center section to fit my CC, and adjust the height to fit my yet to be purchased HL-P5674W.
I've been told by someone at work that I can get T-slot framing cut to the size I need from 80/20 Inc. Their website name is 8020, preceeded by the typical 3 w's and followed by .net (I don't have 5 posts yet!). Looking through their catalog, they have lots of options for panels, hinges, drawers, etc. They also have a frame profile that has slots on 2 sides, and a rounded edge on the other 2 sides. Might make nice corner posts. I'll have to get a little creative.
I've been warned that this stuff isn't exactly cheap, so I might not end up saving much. Should be worth it though to have a custom size and style to match the room. I'll post when I get prices for the framing and hardware.