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DIY Small AV Cabinet/Rack/1099 Center Stand to match Mini Marty's!

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!

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Nice job!

Why leave the spec sticker on the AVR? Trial run?

As I was scrolling through the pics, I'm thinking to myself, man that's gonna be a bitc$ to paint.

Side note: flipping the 1099s might get the waveguide closer to ear level. Unless you're against the looks of that.
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Nice job!

Why leave the spec sticker on the AVR? Trial run?

As I was scrolling through the pics, I'm thinking to myself, man that's gonna be a bitc$ to paint.

Side note: flipping the 1099s might get the waveguide closer to ear level. Unless you're against the looks of that.
Thanks! When I bought the AVR, Atmos was coming out. So I figured I'd sell this AVR and get an Atmos AVR, BUT, there hasn't been much content out in Atmos... so I've forgotten about it and have become blind to the sticker! lol

Yeah, I wish I had a spray gun! I think I used every curse word there is during the painting. I think there's an unwritten law in painting, that if you are painting the inside of something and don't have at least 4 feet of clearance, there's a 100% chance that you will bump the freshly painted side while painting the opposite side!

I thought about flipping them but havent tried it yet. When I stand or sit in the MLP I can't hear a difference. So I guess that's why I left it the way it is, plus the 1099 is damn heavy and I don't want to chance dicking up the paint on it or the marty! I have a black hand towel between the two, it's not visible.
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Great idea and nicely made!

It is close to what i am planning with my 2 upcoming UXL-18's.
My plan is to use a hardwood table top that connect to the top of the 2 subs with dowels. That way i can either run it as 1 unit, or take if off and have 2 single hardwood tops attached to the subs.
For shelf's, i plan to make them attacked to the table top and run down from that.
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always a joy to see a good plan come together, great looking and "tight"

earlier this year I built a rack and used pieces of closet-maid shelving when building the shelves, for enhanced air flow
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Great idea and nicely made!

It is close to what i am planning with my 2 upcoming UXL-18's.
My plan is to use a hardwood table top that connect to the top of the 2 subs with dowels. That way i can either run it as 1 unit, or take if off and have 2 single hardwood tops attached to the subs.
For shelf's, i plan to make them attacked to the table top and run down from that.
Thanks!

The table top/dowel is great idea!
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earlier this year I built a rack and used pieces of closet-maid shelving when building the shelves, for enhanced air flow
Ah! cool! I thought about putting holes in the shelves for air flow. I even thought of maybe putting quiet fans and have an air flow system throughout it for cooling, BUT i was impatient and wanted something fast... Plus I was limited on space.
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You could still get some air flow, maybe a pair of fans on the back side, if there's room

coolerguys has some good stuff, auto thermostatically controlled and all that . . , decently quiet too

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Can you spill the beans on what size rubber rings you used to cover the inuke nuclear bright lights? I've searched and cant seem to find the post about them on avs. And, nice build!! Those 1099s are pure sex

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Can you spill the beans on what size rubber rings you used to cover the inuke nuclear bright lights? I've searched and cant seem to find the post about them on avs. And, nice build!! Those 1099s are pure sex
Look here, post number 3, he got them from Lowes, i bought them too they work pretty good.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-di...ack-berry.html
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^ this

those O-rings work great!

nice build, btw!

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some type of black mesh that allows the equipment to breath would finish that unit off nicely.

Who needs 4K?... just go see your optometrist.
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