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post #1441 of 1462 Old 02-18-2015, 04:48 PM
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It took me days to find good pieces at two different Lowe's and three Home Depots.

Quality hardwood is hard to find. Quality hardwood plywood is even harder to find. I went through about 60 sheets to find five good ones.
When I was almost done I found a place in San Diego called Frost Hardwood, the sell to the public but are more for the cabinet makers. Their 3/4" oak looked 100 times better than the junk Lowes sells. The guy gave me the nickle tour and all their wood product was perfect. I went through over 30 1X2 looking for strait ones at Lowes and Home Depot. Frost only had strait ones. The price for my total build would have been $50 more but the quality would have been worth it. Next build I am buying there.
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When I was almost done I found a place in San Diego called Frost Hardwood, the sell to the public but are more for the cabinet makers. Their 3/4" oak looked 100 times better than the junk Lowes sells. The guy gave me the nickle tour and all their wood product was perfect. I went through over 30 1X2 looking for strait ones at Lowes and Home Depot. Frost only had strait ones. The price for my total build would have been $50 more but the quality would have been worth it. Next build I am buying there.
I'm just up the highway near Temecula. I may have to give them a visit.

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The Home Depot by me had pretty good 1x2's. Everyone I had to check out for warps though. As for the 3/4 oak ply I use Home Depot. The brand I looked for was pure bond. They are pretty good very very little issues.

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Finally done - here are a few before all the speakers and everything was put back into place - the laminate top is slightly bowed on the ends - I will have to flatten it out, but I'm just enjoying it for the time being.
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The Home Depot by me had pretty good 1x2's. Everyone I had to check out for warps though. As for the 3/4 oak ply I use Home Depot. The brand I looked for was pure bond. They are pretty good very very little issues.
I looked at Home Depot in Eastlake Chula Vista, The guy got pissed when I went through the stack so I went to another Home Depot and even the sales guy admited that the wood was not that good. At Lowes the wood looked good till I hit it with 220 san a little. The veneer was paper thin and it splintered even with new DeWalt finishing blades.

Your build is so much nicer than mine even though mine turned out OK. I did learn a lot and will retry over the summer if I have the money to drop another $400 into it. One thing is I have never done finish woodwork before. I was a framer in high school and college. I am going to look at the JC's for woodworking classes.
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I looked at Home Depot in Eastlake Chula Vista, The guy got pissed when I went through the stack so I went to another Home Depot and even the sales guy admited that the wood was not that good. At Lowes the wood looked good till I hit it with 220 san a little. The veneer was paper thin and it splintered even with new DeWalt finishing blades.

Your build is so much nicer than mine even though mine turned out OK. I did learn a lot and will retry over the summer if I have the money to drop another $400 into it. One thing is I have never done finish woodwork before. I was a framer in high school and college. I am going to look at the JC's for woodworking classes.
This was my first big finished project with detail. As for cutting the laminated ply I scored the cut first with a utility knife. Also all cuts we upside down depending on table or skill saw. You want the unfinished or bad side on the exit of the blade incase splintering happens.

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First. I'd report any employee at Home Depot or Lowes who showed displeasure with me trying to find decent wood. Fact is, they should be helping you. On the other side, since it's convenient and usually a reasonable price you can sometimes figure out if you can cut around flaws. Not the best answer, but if a sheet is decent and I know the dimensions can be cut within the "good" wood then it's a choice I can live with. YMMV.
Second. If you're in or near a many major city, see if you have a MacBeath (sp?) Hardwood. They also have sheet goods. There are a lot of sellers to cabinet shops that will sell to the public. I've done this with hardwood, but not sheet goods. I've also gone to a local cabinet shop and ask them to add my order to theirs as I live outside of town and a delivery to my house could cost a bit. As the cabinet shop orders in bulk they are not charged for the delivery. It pads their order and I get delivery up the mountain.
Finally. Online sellers are usually willing to assure that their products will be decent. Being able to check grain, etc can be a limitation, so take that into account. Talking to the person who is selecting your order and telling them what you're building and they often will take some care in selecting your order. I have not done this as I'm bit skeptical that the shipper will take care not to damage the edges.
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I didn't know about the hardwood store till it was to late, now I will be only be buying cabinet grade wood from them. Cheap plywood with a very thin veneer splinters good plywood with a thick veneer does not as log as a good blade is used.


As for the employees at Lowes and Home Depot here in SoCal, they just don't care. Their customer service has been going down hill for the last 10 years. Good luck getting any help.
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I didn't know about the hardwood store till it was to late, now I will be only be buying cabinet grade wood from them. Cheap plywood with a very thin veneer splinters good plywood with a thick veneer does not as log as a good blade is used.


As for the employees at Lowes and Home Depot here in SoCal, they just don't care. Their customer service has been going down hill for the last 10 years. Good luck getting any help.
I just realized that Frost Hardwoods is on Miramar Road. Cool beans.
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Just stopped by Frost Hardwoods near Miramar today. All I have to say is daaang. They have everything. Woods that I've never even heard of. If you need it they have it. If they don't have it, they'll order it for you.

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Just stopped by Frost Hardwoods near Miramar today. All I have to say is daaang. They have everything. Woods that I've never even heard of. If you need it they have it. If they don't have it, they'll order it for you.


When I went there they were slow so the guy gave me the tour, a little more pricy but worth it. Just picked up a Miter saw yesterday, almost ready to start the build for my son's room.
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I threw this together Saturday morning, quick and dirty for a temporary basement stand. It was made out of stuff I had laying around:
  1. 3/4 MDF for shelves.
  2. Flat black paint leftover from my projector screen trim
  3. 3/4" Zinc plated hardware

Overall dims are 48" x 20" x 24". I didn't edge or treat the MDF in anyway. Just hit it with two coats of paint.

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I threw this together Saturday morning, quick and dirty for a temporary basement stand. It was made out of stuff I had laying around:
  1. 3/4 MDF for shelves.
  2. Flat black paint leftover from my projector screen trim
  3. 3/4" Zinc plated hardware

Overall dims are 48" x 20" x 24". I didn't edge or treat the MDF in anyway. Just hit it with two coats of paint.
Looks awesome man. Nice work.
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I put this together for my TV lift, made from 5mm foam pvc ..





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I put this together for my TV lift, made from 5mm foam pvc ..
You make it sound like you slapped a few boards together in a few minutes. It looks very nice. Great job.
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You make it sound like you slapped a few boards together in a few minutes. It looks very nice. Great job.
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The hardest part was working out the hight to allow for the TV lift and the radius .once that was done I cut a Vinyl template stuck it to the foam and cut the shape with a stanly knife .
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Hey guys, I’ve been entertaining the idea of building my own stand/entertainment console sort of thing and I’d love to hear your thoughts. I haven’t built anything of this scale before and don’t have the tools handy, but there’s a local TechShop that I can make use of which has practically any tool I could ever need — even CNC machines and powder coaters should I want to do fancy detailing, etc as well as project mentors who know what they’re doing.

Below is what I have so far (designed in Autodesk Fusion 360). It’s designed to house a ton of stuff, including a 50” TV, HTD Level Three bookshelves, an HTD Level Three mid speaker, an SVS PB1000 sub, 4 game consoles, a receiver, games, controllers, etc and still have room left over. The backside has ~3" of open space for a power strip and cables and the whole thing is on 4-6 hidden casters underneath to make it easy to roll away from the wall to make for easy cable/setup rearrangement. I haven’t put much time into the assembly/construction, but I hope to find a way to design it so it’s solid yet reasonably simple to disassemble for transportation.

One concern I have are the acoustics of this setup. Will my sub’s sound be negatively affected by it being in the shelf like that? Are the speakers too close together? Also, would this be effective at reducing the amount of sound that makes its way down to the apartment below mine? Given the deadening effect of the wood and minimal floor contact through the console’s casters I would imagine so. In general, is there anything in this design that looks like a bad idea or could use improvement?
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Hey guys, I’ve been entertaining the idea of building my own stand/entertainment console sort of thing and I’d love to hear your thoughts. I haven’t built anything of this scale before and don’t have the tools handy, but there’s a local TechShop that I can make use of which has practically any tool I could ever need — even CNC machines and powder coaters should I want to do fancy detailing, etc as well as project mentors who know what they’re doing.

Below is what I have so far (designed in Autodesk Fusion 360). It’s designed to house a ton of stuff, including a 50” TV, HTD Level Three bookshelves, an HTD Level Three mid speaker, an SVS PB1000 sub, 4 game consoles, a receiver, games, controllers, etc and still have room left over. The backside has ~3" of open space for a power strip and cables and the whole thing is on 4-6 hidden casters underneath to make it easy to roll away from the wall to make for easy cable/setup rearrangement. I haven’t put much time into the assembly/construction, but I hope to find a way to design it so it’s solid yet reasonably simple to disassemble for transportation.

One concern I have are the acoustics of this setup. Will my sub’s sound be negatively affected by it being in the shelf like that? Are the speakers too close together? Also, would this be effective at reducing the amount of sound that makes its way down to the apartment below mine? Given the deadening effect of the wood and minimal floor contact through the console’s casters I would imagine so. In general, is there anything in this design that looks like a bad idea or could use improvement?
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Hey guys, I’ve been entertaining the idea of building my own stand/entertainment console sort of thing and I’d love to hear your thoughts. I haven’t built anything of this scale before and don’t have the tools handy, but there’s a local TechShop that I can make use of which has practically any tool I could ever need — even CNC machines and powder coaters should I want to do fancy detailing, etc as well as project mentors who know what they’re doing.

Below is what I have so far (designed in Autodesk Fusion 360). It’s designed to house a ton of stuff, including a 50” TV, HTD Level Three bookshelves, an HTD Level Three mid speaker, an SVS PB1000 sub, 4 game consoles, a receiver, games, controllers, etc and still have room left over. The backside has ~3" of open space for a power strip and cables and the whole thing is on 4-6 hidden casters underneath to make it easy to roll away from the wall to make for easy cable/setup rearrangement. I haven’t put much time into the assembly/construction, but I hope to find a way to design it so it’s solid yet reasonably simple to disassemble for transportation.

One concern I have are the acoustics of this setup. Will my sub’s sound be negatively affected by it being in the shelf like that? Are the speakers too close together? Also, would this be effective at reducing the amount of sound that makes its way down to the apartment below mine? Given the deadening effect of the wood and minimal floor contact through the console’s casters I would imagine so. In general, is there anything in this design that looks like a bad idea or could use improvement?
That's a nice design. I would offer that the ability to toe in the L/R fronts would be key. Having the sub in one position and the inability to move it may indeed adversely effect the sound. Especially being a ported sub. If you have the sub in that position in your room now, I'd say go for it. Just be aware that a ported sub will be crippled if enclosed. You may also get negative feedback from the cabinet, cancelling out some bass, not to mention the vibration you'll undoubtedly get with the components in the cabinet.

With regard to the apartment issue, nothing is going to help you except turning the bass down. Bass waves are so long that you cannot effectively isolate them without large acoustic traps, decoupled walls, ceilings, and floors, and sound dampening insulation. Even then it may be only a minimal reduction in transduction to the floor above or beneath you.

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