Not your ordinary end table

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Project by Thepps posted 08-21-2014 04:33 PM 6378 views 23 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife didn’t like the look of my new 12” subwoofer for my home entertainment system. This end table was the solution.

I built it without a bottom so the table would not vibrate. The sub sits on the floor of the house. Louvered doors on front and back for sound to pass through and ventilation. (It really does not get very hot, ever.) False drawer fronts. Beaded face frames. The top slides open revealing a cavity that can hold a variety of things, mainly remotes for now. Soft close drawer slides keeps it from sliding open unintentionally and closes it very nicely.

I could even put a blu ray player or gaming console in it. I have an hdmi cable run from the end table to the tv through the walls. I will also be adding a power strip to the inside as well. The front and back look identical, as the back is exposed and I wanted it to look nice as well.

Built out of Birch. Dyed with Transtint medium brown. Wiped on Minwax colonial walnut stain. Was happy with the results so no toner. Sprayed on lacquer.

This was a fun project.
Thanks for looking!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 08-21-2014 04:45 PM

I am planning on putting 12” subs into the end cabinets of my built in. i was planning on magnets to keep the doors from vibrating. The doors are a raised panel and I am going to cut out most of the panel and install speaker cloth. Do your doors rattle or shake?

Nice solution. The end table looks great. I like the sliding top.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 08-21-2014 04:54 PM

I haven’t done extensive testing, but so far, so good. No rattling. I thought about speaker cloth as well, but my wife like the look of a louvered door better. I have not noticed any major difference in sound with the end table removed or with it over top. So, I’m pretty happy about that. I think a speaker would definitely require speaker cloth.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#3 posted 08-21-2014 05:04 PM

I love that sliding top idea. Very cool.

-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo

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#4 posted 08-21-2014 06:17 PM

very innovative way to hide your gadgets. Nice job!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#5 posted 08-21-2014 06:44 PM

So kewl, I love the sliding top, such a great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 08-21-2014 07:27 PM

Great idea and design … good place to keep the kids also…!

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#7 posted 08-21-2014 09:05 PM

Looks great! I hadn’t ever seen your profile before so I scanned thru your previous projects. WOW! That redwood dining set was immaculate, not to mention a lot of other projects. That set would have taken me a month to build, if I was lucky. Great job and send me some of those shop trolls to help me build stuff.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 08-21-2014 09:30 PM

Great design and build—very innovative solution to what I’m sure many face as a common problem. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 08-21-2014 11:20 PM

Another reason to be a Lumberjock, for cool project ideas like this one.
I’m going to borrow this idea for my next project.
Wife has been complaining about the all black SVS dual 12” down firing sub in the home theater for 5 years.
Thanks for sharing.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#10 posted 08-22-2014 12:40 AM

what a great design, i love the false drawer and the sliding top…i usually don’t use stain but i do like how this turned out, hey im still open minded…sometimes…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 08-22-2014 01:10 AM

That’s a great build…and I love the finish!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#12 posted 08-22-2014 01:57 AM

Really like that sliding top. Great Idea

-- JustplaneJeff

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#13 posted 08-22-2014 11:16 AM

Really nice. I like it.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#14 posted 08-22-2014 12:46 PM

I have the same problem and my wife hate that black thing.
This is a great idea and beautiful made, my compliments.


-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#15 posted 08-22-2014 02:13 PM

Love the idea and great execution.
I have one suggestion, I didn’t notice if you added a hole to the back. This is used to help equalize the air flow with such a big woofer, also will add to the depth of sound (I used to work for Bose designing speaker cab’s).

-- Doug...

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