This Cabinet Goes to 11

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 03-22-2015 07:00 PM 2291 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I started the “Rock-n-roll Basement” remodeling project, I was hoping to either find the cabinet I needed, or assemble it from multiple pre-built carcasses. This didn’t work out – there simply wasn’t anything out there I could find that would fit the bill.

So, I’d have to build something.

In keeping with the bohemian club theme, I wasn’t really looking for anything particularly fancy, nor was I interested in spending weeks (given my relative lack of spare time) crafting something out of hardwood. Thus, a fairly basic plywood box finished with Polyshades.

Picky, picky, picky…

What it lacks in exotic woods or joinery, it makes up for (I hope) in a couple fairly unique design elements. First, the top is composed of around 3,000 guitar picks entombed in EnviroTex Lite pour-on epoxy (over $200 worth, ugh). The first 2,000 “picks” are actually veneer from a sample pack I punched out with a pick punch. The last thousand are bulk celluloid picks bought off eBay with a few Rush (for me) and Bon Jovi (for my wife and sis-in-law) thrown on top.

Pump up the volume

I also wasn’t all that happy with what I could find for drawer/door hardware. After much searching, I wound up buying some Marshall gold-top amplifier knobs and some rather unique clear plexi “chicken head” knobs from a manufacturer in Florida. The door panels also looked a bit plain, so I bought some gold/beige and brown vintage style speaker grill cloth that I wrapped around some 1/8” plywood and mounted to the doors.

While the construction and finishing materials may be nothing to brag about, I am rather fond of the way design came together and thought it might serve as inspiration for someone else’s project, in the same way I’ve derived much inspiration from the many projects viewed here over the years.

The obligatory Nigel Tufnel clip..

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#1 posted 03-22-2015 08:21 PM

Nice. Great idea using the picks for the counter top. And especially the Rush picks. Now that most of the groups I followed have retired (or worse!), I’ve mostly followed and gone to see Rush live over the past 10 years. Those gold amp knobs are a great idea for handles.

I am right in the middle of a remodel of our study. Today I am sanding the new texture in the room, and then priming and painting in a few days. It will be our office and retro stereo room. I’m building 10 feet of cabinets along one wall to house my 70s/80s-era stereo system, and our library of vinyl. Some rock and roll posters, plus a signed piece of art from John Entwistle (deceased member of The Who).

-- Lee

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#2 posted 03-22-2015 08:49 PM

Wow, that turned out VERY nice!
Love your choice of knobs, and THAT’S a lot of picks!

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Patrick Jaromin

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 09:50 PM

@Lee – Sounds like a great plan! i haven’t posted the final update to my blog yet, but here’s a view of the “club” facing the stage.

@Joe – Thanks! and yes, it is a lot ;)

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#4 posted 03-22-2015 10:02 PM

Great piece! Nice job on the epoxy – i don’t see any fogging or anything

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 03-22-2015 10:08 PM

That is just too COOL!!!
Love the picks, knobs and speaker grill cloth.
Rock on….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 03-22-2015 10:14 PM

nice job ,cool idea on the picks,but what are the axes the one on end looks like a Les paul what are the others?

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Patrick Jaromin

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#7 posted 03-23-2015 12:23 AM

@Greg – Thanks. I have to give credit for the top to EnviroTex…I just followed the directions, very closely and it worked great. I definitely recommend the stuff.

@Randy – Thanks!

@scrapwood – From left to right – a 12-string Guild, my favorite 6-string, a Guild D-15m all mahogany dreadnought acoustic, and yes, a Les Paul style off-brand my grandfather bought for me when I was around maybe 10-13 years old. Thanks!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#8 posted 03-23-2015 12:40 AM

Nothing else but excellent work Patrick.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 03-23-2015 10:22 AM

So you obviously play guitar, and you acknowledged you are a Rush fan, so did you go as far as to buy a set of Tama drums because Neil Peart played them in the 80’s? Aahhh the 80”s, damn they were fun…..

LOVE the room and VERY Jealous!

-- To Steal Ideas From One Person is Plagiarism; to Steal From Many is Research…

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Patrick Jaromin

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#10 posted 03-23-2015 10:55 AM

Thanks, Grumpy!

@GFactor – Ha…very good guess, but in this case the drums were actually free from a cousin cleaning out the attic. But I did at one time (in the 80s) own a Gallien Kruger head because of Alex Lifeson. The room’s getting plenty of use – the only thing missing at this point is a bass, which should be remedied on Father’s day. I’m expecting a short-scale Ibanez Mikro that I can beat on until one of the kids picks it up (I hope). Thanks!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#11 posted 03-23-2015 11:15 AM

Very nice! I like the little details – the amp knobs for pulls and the vintage speaker look for the doors. I had a thought in keeping with the amp theme; get some vinyl or whatever material that is used to cover production amps and speakers and do the base out to look like a giant amp. That may get pricey for the material, so I thought maybe there is a spray-on or brush-on type finish that would have the same or similar texture. Also make the drawer faces out like control panels. Or not… That may turn out gawdy. At any rate, nice cabinet and awesome basement! Rock on! \m/ \m/ (nice Spinal Tap reference, btw. That’s what made me look!)

-- Craig, Eastern NC - "If it's stupid, but it works... It's not stupid!"

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#12 posted 03-24-2015 05:43 PM

love the cabinet, and the ST references.

-- Paul M

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#13 posted 03-25-2015 12:53 PM

I really like the guitar pics embedded in the top. All in all, super nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 03-25-2015 01:25 PM

This is very nice. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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