Gas Lift Audio/Video Cabinet

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Project by SawdustTX posted 11-23-2017 05:19 PM 982 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Audio/Video equipment cabinet for our church youth center. They needed a cabinet to house the electronics, including a monitor screen for the video control. I had a lot of fun designing a cabinet that included a top that lifts on gas pistons with the video screen mounted inside the top.

This was the second of three I’ve built. Here’s the other two:
Audio Cabinet with Pin/Lock Covers
Transformer Audio Cabinet

- Case is 3/4” maple ply with edge banding, biscuit jointed
- 6” deep top with a video monitor screen mounted inside
- Automotive gas pistons to lift and hold the top, also prevents it from being slammed closed with the weight of the monitor screen.
- Top is piano hinged to the cabinet to distribute the weight of the deep top and monitor screen.
- Front panel of the top is extended, to close off the top shelf when closed, and as a glare shield for the monitor screen.
- Upper platform for the video controller to set on
- Middle section of cabinet has 19” rack rails for mounting audio/video units
- Removable locking door is a simple flat frame and panel. Has pins in the bottom that go in holes in the cabinet floor, then the lock on top secures it in place
- Found a keyed chrome hasp lock long enough to overlap the door and top, so both can be locked together when closed.
- The lower third of the back is a fixed panel for strength from racking.
- Satin black paint inside/out.
- Top and toe kick are covered with diamond plate for durability – it’s in a teenage Youth Center :)

Lesson learned – would not paint the inside black. Too dark when trying to plug in audio connections…
It’s now been in use probably 8 years, holding up well.

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#1 posted 11-23-2017 07:28 PM

Sorry, I had thought this was your house 8^), still I like that industrial look!

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