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Project by JohnB posted 06-24-2010 02:12 PM 1975 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter originally asked for a pair of columns to hold her rear surround speakers for her home stereo. She then came up with the idea of making a display case in between the columns. I volunteered that we could also make a bookcase below the display case, and that way utilize some of that space more efficiently. From conception to reality in three days. (We’re talking 24 hour long days! I’ve decided never to do that again!) Well, except for some tweaking of the details, and her having to go back home for work, which added another week before we were able to work on it again. She took the assembled pieces home and applied the stain and finish.

The left and right sides are hollow columns, where the speaker wires run up inside and out of sight. We drilled holes for brass pegs to hold the shelves, and used 1/4 inch oak plywood for the back. This case is designed to be easily moved, and comes apart by hand except for the 1/4 inch plywood back, which is screwed to the back of the columns and provides rigidity. The top display case fits snugly onto the tops of the columns. There are two cap pieces, left and right, which slip into the inside of the columns, and provide a channel for the speaker wires. The left cap piece also slides to the right when the display case lid is opened, and holds it open.

-- John, Belfair, Washington

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 02:25 PM

That is a very fine job you did and a great finish, Thanks for posting

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 02:34 PM

Great job!! Nice design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 04:38 PM

Great design and nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 04:39 PM

Good looking bookcase

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 07:04 PM

very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 02:23 AM

Thanks, everyone. It was fun, although a little hurried! ken90712 has a nice toolbox, so I decided to post my (quick and dirty) toolbox too. Ken’s is much nicer, good quality! I looked at your projects; they are all excellent! I’m just starting into this woodwork stuff, and although I’ve always wanted to do woodworking, I never had the time or place (or money!). My shop is whatever space I can squeeze out of my garage. This is a great site, I’m glad I found it. I play guitar, and my goal is to get good enough to make myself a 12 string acoustic someday.

-- John, Belfair, Washington

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#7 posted 07-25-2010 01:23 PM

very well done sir.

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