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Lack Home Theatre Cabinet (Part 2)

Finally I have gotten around to pretty much completing the cabinet, took me a while as the weather kept stopping me along with tools batteries dying all the time… argh!

If you haven’t yet read Part 1 you can find that here.

Anyways on we go with Part 2 of the build.

Now that the frame has been completed and has set during the last week or so its now time to create some side panels to put in between the middle legs. Using a panel that I had purchased from the As-Is section at Ikea I was able to create both sides. I measured the distance between both middle legs and also their height. I then cut the panel into half and made the final markings to cut each panel to size.

Now that the side panels have been cut to size, I wanted to make sure everything fit as required so I did a test fit. Also I used masking tape to label the sides and orientation of the side panels so that I don’t accidently drill into the wrong side of the panel in the next steps.

Now that the sides are all cut and ready to go I need to fix them to the structure somehow, I originally wanted to fix these to the middle legs but due to them being hollow I had to come up with another way to achieve this. I ended up purchasing some L brackets from Bunnings, these made it very simple to attach the side panels. I marked out the brackets’ location and then drilled some pilot holes, in order to not pierce the other side of the side panels I used a bit of masking tape as a depth gauge on the drill bit to know when to stop.

The brackets came with a set of screws whcih was great, until I realised that they were a touch too long. So in order to fix this, out came the dremel and I trimmed about 6mm of the bottom of the screw. I also grinded the ends back to a small point to make the screw easier to place into the pilot holes I had already made in the side panels. Worked a treat. 🙂

Now with the bracket attached to the side panel I placed the side panel in between the middle legs in the cabinet and marked out where I wanted to place the side panel and screw holes for the brackets on the bottom panel. Once I had marked it all out I drilled some pilot holes for the screws to easily be inserted.

Both side panels are now mounted to mark the location of he larger bracket to be used for the top of the side panel to connect to the top piece of the cabinet. You may ask why use a larger bracket, well this is because I cut the side panels about 10mm shorter in height to allow for better heat dissipation when I have my Home Theatre equipment running it tends to get quite warm. So the larger brack will allow be to connect the side panel to the top of the cabinet.

Now that I have all the final markings I predrilled some pilot holes and shortened some screws to attach the larger bracket to the top of the side panel.

Both side panels are now screwed into place onvia the bottom of the cabinet. So I placed the top piece of the cabinet into place using the dowel and middle legs as per Part 1, then flipped the cabinet over and positioned the side panels and then marked the locations for the screws, I used both screws holes for the mounting of the side panel to the top of the cabinet, not really neccessary but I just thought I might as well just in case 🙂 I then flipped the cabinet back over and removed the top piece to make some pilot holes for the screws then reassembled the cabinet and glued the middle legs and screwed the brackets in place. I left this for about an hour to give the glue a chance to dry.

While the glue was drying I started on the front door/panel. This was another panel from As-Is department, I marked out the width and height that I wanted to use. Then cut it to size with a circular saw.

Now that I have the size of the front panel I need I had to mark out an opening that will alow me to see the devices that are inside the cabinet as I am going to place speakercloth over the openning to allow for airflow and also to stop my little fella from touching the buttons on my devices. Measuring this took some time as I wanted to it to fit just right and also not block any of the devices that will sit behind it.

I made a few starter holes then used a Jigsaw to cut out the section from the font panel.

Instead of using a door with a hinge I wanted something a little tricker to stop my little fella getting into the cabinet, as he has figured out how to open doors now. So I came up the idea to do a door that you need to pull off in order to get to the device, similar to what is used on speakers with the speakercloth cover. So I made some holes about 25mm in from each side and used a 8mm drill bit with a depth gauge to stop me drilling all the way through. Once the holes were made I glued some dowel into place, so they will stay attached to the front panel when it is removed.

In order for the front panel to attach to the cabinet I need to make some more 8mm drill holes so the dowel can be inserted and the front panel can sit in place. I marked out the location of the front panel using masking tape then drilled the holes 25mm in from the markings.

Unfortunately at this time I was getting tired and have been fighting a cold all weekend so I decided to take a break.

The last part is to stretch the speakercloth and staple it to the front panel. Hopefully I will have some time to complete this tonight and I can detail the complete build along with costs tomorrow.

UPDATE: Find the final part here along with the total cost of the build.

Sorry for the poor quality photos, was using my iPhone.

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  1. September 26, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Looking good. After 12 years of wandering around Asia, I’m returning to North Carolina and buying a house. That means I can resume building stuff like this. Keep us posted.

    • September 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks MichaelEdits, planning on doing a few more soon, just need to finish hanging my 46″ TV on the wall this long weekend and then will hopefully kick my imagination into high gear for some more hacks 🙂

  1. September 26, 2011 at 1:15 am
  2. September 27, 2011 at 1:56 am

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