Modern floating media console and subwoofer enclosures

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Project by Jamie McDonald posted 09-10-2019 02:18 PM 3536 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Star Wars, Jetson’s, or WALL-E? Not sure exactly what modern or contemporary style this might be… You decide!

Completed a wall mounted media console that fits new Yamaha receiver. Made of Sapele, Wenge, white laminate, and MDF. Receiver is also on drawer slide for easy wiring access.

Console was built 32” on center to match stud spacing. I already had all the lumber and only needed some
MDF and white laminate. Quarter-sawn Pomelle Sapele drawer fronts. Subwoofers are hung with cleats. All drywall was removed to accommodate wiring and supporting structural needs.

I wanted the original square subwoofer enclosures off the floor. Two 12 inch DD audio supercharged Hi Def tuned 2000 series subwoofers on 400 watt amplifiers each. Easy access Bass knob just under the laminate top. Speakers fire into the wall for cleanliness and loading, and ports fire into the floor. The subwoofer enclosures were specifically constructed to match a frequency response curve by Ben Freeman of Real Time Audio and accessories in Flowery Branch GA. I can’t recommend his meticulous detail and enclosure construction highly enough.

Left, right, and center KEF In wall speakers are 4ohms. Front presence and rear surround are DD audio In wall from several years ago. Yamaha RX-A2080 is giving them roughly 285 watts each. System is being run as a 7.2 setup using front presence for additional sound height.

This is just one of those things I had to do…and lots of things I would do differently if I built another one. This one has solid joinery everywhere, but is inconspicuously screwed together at joinery locations. Very modular in construction.

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#1 posted 09-10-2019 02:41 PM

Looks good….....very unique and modern style.
I just took my old big beautiful Dennon home stereo and Bose 901 speakers out of the living room and put it in the garage. Broke my heart but we got rid of the crappy TV cabinet they were in and hung the TV on the wall and since we don’t use them enough to justify them taking up the space or building another cabinet like this they had to go.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 09-10-2019 02:56 PM

Nicely done! I too like make speakers yours have definitely surpassed any I have made so far

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 09-10-2019 03:08 PM

man what can i say but i love it.youve got a very unique design and i love the combo of woods and laminate,very contemporary.great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 09-10-2019 03:14 PM

Very nice, I love the overall look and attention to detail.

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#5 posted 09-10-2019 04:17 PM

Great design, Jamie.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 09-10-2019 04:58 PM

That is some nice carpentry. Great job

-- Devon

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#7 posted 09-10-2019 04:59 PM

Very shapely. Nice work. Looks like it sounds great.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#8 posted 09-10-2019 06:03 PM

Wonderful appeal, unique and creative. Overall outstanding work!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#9 posted 09-10-2019 07:16 PM

Super nice !!!
Just love the style, for me it would be a while before I would get any tv watching done, wouldn’t be able to keep my eyes off the furniture. LOL
One more time NICE JOB!!!

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#10 posted 09-10-2019 10:10 PM

That is pretty neat! well done.

-- Doug...

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#11 posted 09-11-2019 01:33 AM

modern art deco design looks good with the combo of wood and white. Has some very interesting features too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 09-11-2019 11:57 AM

Very creative and unique design. I like the white as a contrasting color. Did you have any particular inspiration for this design, or did you come up with it entirely on your own? Execution is also impressive.

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#13 posted 09-11-2019 06:44 PM

Thanks for asking…no particular inspiration was sourced. Generally, I like pounding bass notes and quality subs are critical to that for me. I have 3 full size standard collies and was tired of looking at the dog hair catching units sitting on the floor. Wall mounting them prevents catching hair and allows faster routine ease of cleaning the floors. Also,12s require a lot of airspace to play close to audible reference which made building in wall enclosures very challenging, so that left wall mounting.

Once the wall mounted units were complete I then determined cabinet size based on general 32” stud spacing and just began to play with shapes and styling from there. A number of the tables I have made incorporate a raised floating bracket system with intentional use of negative space…it was important to me to incorporate that as well. Here is a link to an earlier table with the floating characteristics I’m referencing Somehow I just arrived at this design and started making copious amounts sawdust!

Very creative and unique design. I like the white as a contrasting color. Did you have any particular inspiration for this design, or did you come up with it entirely on your own? Execution is also impressive.

- city17

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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