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I'm being a bit of a smarty here but I cut down and dug out(the stump) my current bits of cedar most of which I got milled and donated to a local mens shed for them to further dress it and sell it with the money going to a local charity for disabled people. I kinda had to get rid of it as the Handbrake wasn't happy about all the cedar bits drying in every available nook and cranny. :(

 

Currently tossing up, on what to do the shelves out of in my library listening room refurb. Trying to keep costs down for shelving so I have money to spend on an across the width of the room bench to house the system etc.  One idea so far is to do them in 17mm marine ply(or plain old building grade ply sheeting) with solid timber edges which opens up all kind of options as far as timber species goes. post-117697-0-68204700-1364099559.jpg This the best pic I could find at the moment of the idea .

You get a better picture of the edging and the router tip here>> Solid edge timber

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Thanks Grumpy. I just dabble is all. Slow and steady. Seems to me a good meeting of my hobbies, woodwork and music, by building hifi racks! I've made a few extras along the way.

Luc, have you the router bit set already? You could simply rebate your solid wood edging of choice on one side (with a simple straight bit on a table) and slide it over and glue along edge of whatever your shelves are made of. Nice and simple and gives you a lip to stop things falling off shelves.

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Good idea Shaky but they're bookshelves, floor to ceiling bookshelves so they can't have a lip. A chippy mate will be buying the router bit(about a hunge it is) as he can use it all the time so he says.  Between us we have a reasonable amount of recycled rainforest timber which is all a hundred years old or so and hence well seasoned and I think edging would be the perfect end to their useful lives so to speak as we don't have enough of it to do any thing significant but 4 and 5x1-1/2 lengths can be ripped and thicknessed  and routered up into useful strips.

 

MDF with melamine finish is another cheap alternative but the appeal of the solid timber edges is seductive and I've canvassed the idea of doing Japanese/Mandarin mitred joints at the shelf intersections where they meet with upright supports.

 

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Sooo, it's early stages yet but that's the direction I want to go if I can manage it. The shelves in reality will be the easy bit I think, the benchtop and cupboards underneath will be the harder thing to design properly I think.

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Ahhhhh ok, bookshelves. And nice for someone to stump up the cost of that bit set. Not cheap.

The joints will be great. I did exactly those in a console table ages ago, the Japanese inspiration coming from, funnily enough, the Japanese cedar I used for it.

I do things with other woods than just cedar!! Haha.

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Well, if its all about the wood...

 

I did mention in another thread about my fondness for American white oak, and hence most of my furniture is A/oak. 

 

I built this 20 years ago when the 68cm TV was considered huge and my wife said I was insane trying to build it into a wallunit.  But not half as insane as trying to retro fit a 50" plasma, and I am hating every minute of that!  These are the pic's of my wall unit before I modified and it and destroyed the aesthetics and symmetry of the original design.  Due to laziness and lack of interest, I am in the process of modifying it purely for function as nobody would watch the 68cm TV. 

 

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Flemo, I gather you've had to encroach on the open space to the left of the old CRT to get your flat screen in. But don't worry. Symmetry is overrated. :-) Oh and that's a superb piece of furniture! I'm jealous.

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Very nice bit of furniture Flemo, very nice indeed, speaks of skill and patience.

I don't like the timber or the style if I'm perfectly honest but the workmanship is self evident. Nice bit of cornice work as well, WD.

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Flemo, I gather you've had to encroach on the open space to the left of the old CRT to get your flat screen in. But don't worry. Symmetry is overrated. :-) Oh and that's a superb piece of furniture! I'm jealous.

No mate, to the right...

 

The last pics show how it looks now.  I have to get 3 x doors and some of the pediment machined and made up as I no longer have access to the machinery to make it myself. 

 

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I built this 20 years ago when the 68cm TV was considered huge and my wife said I was insane trying to build it into a wallunit.  But not half as insane as trying to retro fit a 50" plasma, and I am hating every minute of that!  

 

Here is how you do it (thank me later) :

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Ah, I like the version MK2 much better. you did away with the built in hob enclosure for the cornice work and have gone back to the original ceiling and a new cornice.

 

No drama's with heat in the TV's enclosure in relation to the gear on the above shelves?

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A good solution Flemo. Still looks great.

 

Now a question for all working with wood here, what do yiou do with your offcuts? Do you keep certain sized (or shaped) ones or just dispose of them?

 

I did this with my latest hifi rack offcuts:

 

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Viola!!!!! Coatrack.

 

And the other half approved of it too.

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Very clever shaky. I like that a lot. Nice ss batten screws too.

 

Hey, you could make some arty acoustic panels the same way. Now I am inspired.

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Ah, I like the version MK2 much better. you did away with the built in hob enclosure for the cornice work and have gone back to the original ceiling and a new cornice.

 

No drama's with heat in the TV's enclosure in relation to the gear on the above shelves?

No the bulkhead and pediment has to be rebuilt.  The plasma is fully vented behind and no heat is trapped. 

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Very clever shaky. I like that a lot. Nice ss batten screws too. Hey, you could make some arty acoustic panels the same way. Now I am inspired.

Thanks rehabitat. I like the shiny screws too. Ummed and ahhhed for a while over what to use for 'hooks' but had those screws all along.

Not sure if I could sneak bigger arty panels past the other member of my household!! May be worth a shot!

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Hey guys, I need a bit of help/advice on my refurb. If you've got the time , just have a quick squiz at my last post and the horrible pics I posted there... Click

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