When I planned my Media Room space I had incorporated room for a small AV rack to house my equipment. I wanted it to sit between my two Mini marty's and have my 1099 Center channel rest on top. I had a very hard time finding an AV rack that would fit, especially one that wasn't ridiculous in price. So i decided to DIY!
I penciled out on paper kinda what I was wanting. I wrote down dimensions of all my components and started to figure what would hold them all. I decided to use 1/2" MDF to give me as much space as possible but still strong enough to hold equipment. I wanted the final product to be the exact same height as my mini martys with the same bevel. That way it will tend to look like one solid clean piece.
I decided to get rid of the shelf between Inuke compartment and Oppo, and just have one big open space. That would give me an extra 1/2" of clearance.
After I cut all the pieces I had to install mounting bracket to hold the CyberPower Surge protector on the top piece first. I wanted it suspended so the Xfinity, Apple TV, etc could fit under it. I had to custom make a bracket. I found a 90 degree braket at Lowes/HomeDepot, lined it up with braket on CyberPower, marked where holes needed to go, drilled, then hand tapped them. This way the CyberPower could bolt straight to the bracket and I wouldnt have to worry about nuts, etc...
I didn't trust the small wood screws into the 1/2" MDF to hold reliably, so I used epoxy along with the screws.
I had to mark which side was which, and what the orientation was because it was getting confusing!
I tried to use only clamps and glue, but the 1/2" MDF is a pain to center up, so I had to use some brad nails to hold it along with clamps until the glue dried. Unfortunately I have no clamp porn
I also glued the shelves in. I started to make them removable but I didn't want the structure to be wobbly. It's rock solid with the shelves glued in!
I made the top and bottom piece larger so I could install a glass door in the future. I plan on the glass door being a smoke color to semi hide the contents as well as cut down on fan noise from components. Might save me from having to do fan mods to inuke, etc! I plan on having another inuke or clone in this cabinet.
I routed the top to give it the same bevel as the mini martys. As I stated earlier, I want it to appear along with the mini martys as one clean piece.
I painted it with Duratex just like the Mini Marty's. I wish I had pics of the duratex painting, but it was a pain to paint all the shelves, sides, inside, etc... If I did it over again, I would consider painting all the pieces BEFORE assembly.
Here it is in place!
I also made it shallower than the mini marty's to hide cables! Plus give me room to work behind it. I put the Mini Marty's and the AV cab on those felt sliders to make them easy to slide around until I got everything 100% complete. A year later and I STILL have those sliders under them! lol.. I guess they became feet! Only problem is the Mini Martys will move across floor, I have to slide them back after a movie. I gotta get rubber feet soon!
Final pics. (my son is sitting on couch and his head is sticking up in shot .. LOL)
I didn't realize how bright the lights are on that surge protector, inuke, etc. Until I get smoked glass, i put a small piece of tape over the bright lights! I used those rubber rings on inuke knobs and that helped a LOT!