Re-use, Renew, Recycle #1: Stereo/Entertainment Centre Stand

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 06-08-2011 09:52 PM 3685 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A little over 25 years ago I made a Stereo Racking Stand for my 80’s stereo separates. Its still in use today

Its made of Pine veneered chipboard with softwood legs. A little while ago I scored a vintage Bang and Olufsen 80’s music centre (perched on top of the stand) from our local Freecycle ( web site where unwanted goods are placed, up for grabs, for FREE). Why? you may be asking yourselves. Well for it’s day it was top of the range. With remote control which all but my CD player don’t have. So? Well its now part of an Entertainment centre, along with a new (extravagent isn’t he) flat screen TV. Yes the cheapskate made his own entertainment centre! Well, what with useless units on there and the precarious nature of the ‘Entertainment centre’s’ perch I decided to re-model it.

Here it is stripped of electronics, front

and rear

note the sexy flat power strip on the back leg, I’m keeping that.

So what to do. I removed the second and third shelves, attached by these plastic blocks

I cut these two shelves down, bolting them together with two softwood strips , and screwed this down to the top.

Now the only things on are the B&O and my CD player. The B&O plays records, cassette tape and CD’s through the player underneath and has an FM tuner. Despite what you might think it isn’t that top heavy. Yes those are LP’s in the module off to the left.

The speakers are under the TV, along with the DVD player

The TV plays MP3’s so I think that covers everything for now. Digital radio? When I get some of that folding stuff. Money.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 10:17 PM

Funny, I might as well end up showing off the speakers I made out of recycled truck boomers something like 20 years ago (and they are still waiting for the felt covering…)
Recycle, reuse, refresh, repair. And save cash for a new Mac :D

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 06-08-2011 10:18 PM

free bang and olufsen !

some guys have all the luck

great re-build

vinyl is making a comeback
but record players are hard to find
got 1 for my sister
and one for the ex

even fixing stereos is almost a thing of the past
i’ve got 2 that need fixing ($3,000 apiece)

so i can listen to my bose 9-11 speakers

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-08-2011 10:54 PM

Nice System Martyn… I’d love to browse through that old vinyl, you must have some treasures!!
Got any Cream??? They’re one of my favorites…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 06-08-2011 11:14 PM

Mike, sorry no Cream but there are a couple of Clapton in there I think.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 01:05 AM

what are these LP things you speak of?

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 01:25 AM

That’s a pity…
My system is currently unhooked while I procrastinate about what to do with it… The old Pioneer receiver stills cranks, but that’s all it does!! When I turn it down to less painful levels, it cuts out entirely…
I have an old reel-to-reel too, with hours and hours worth of music on tape, but a pulley on it broke and nobody repairs anything anymore… I ought to throw away the lot of it, and upgrade, but… priorities…priorities… sigh..

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 06-09-2011 01:50 AM

I love the topic Martyn. the Department of Environmental Protection here in Connecticut have just set up a metrials reuse network chock full of free things. I was able to work with them on a the recycling of construction and demolition debris. I love giving old things a new life, repurpose away my friend!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 06-09-2011 04:42 AM

One of your finest constructions ever. Monumental . Staggering . Breathtaking !

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