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Project by Ross Leidy posted 04-17-2021 07:07 PM 562 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This projected started a couple years back when my wife found an old (60’s?) two-piece console stereo at a local thrift shop. The plan was to turn it into a set of floating wall cabinets for our home office.

They looked a little sad at the thrift shop:

I got busy gutting the innards.

I carefully cut away the speaker grilles to re-use later for false fronts for drawers that would be installed in the cabinet openings.

The cabinets would hang on french cleats. The unit that had LP storage didn’t require much additional bracing to be able to be mounted on the wall.

The unit with the electronics required quite a bit of extra bracing, and I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. This is where the project stalled for a couple years. I got tired of seeing the unfinished cabinets, and last month I picked back up where I left off.

With the cabinets ready to be hung, I could turn back to the speaker grilles. I painted black a couple pieces of 1/4” birch ply to provide a dark background for the grilles, leaving unpainted sections where the grill would get glued to the plywood backer.

Once the 1/4” ply was glued-on, I masked off the grille to keep out sawdust and trimmed it down to allow for a 3/32” gap in the opening, accounting for the thin walnut edging that would go on the top edge.

To dress-up the top edge of the grille, I edged it with 1/16” walnut.

Amazon to the rescue with some walnut pulls that match perfectly.

The top then got the final horizontal trim applied to match the bottom.

This week I finally was able to hang the cabinets.

To finish it all off, I added some LED strip lights from end-to-end on top of the cleat, under each cabinet, and behind one of the beams in the upper right.

It was a long, drawn-out project, but we’re pleased with how it turned out. Eventually, I’ll build a desk to exactly fit the opening between the two cabinets, but for now the existing desk will do.





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 04-17-2021 08:27 PM

That looks like it was a serious amount of work!

I’ve destroyed my fair share of 60’s/70’s electronics and they always seemed to be nothing more that veneer and a gazillion glue blocks holding everything together.

Those grille conversions look perfect, I was intrigued that you were able to recover everything to get two complementary pieces, fantastic work and effort!

(That cat looks like it was photo shopped in at 2x scale 8^)

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Ross Leidy

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#2 posted 04-17-2021 09:31 PM



That looks like it was a serious amount of work!

I ve destroyed my fair share of 60 s/70 s electronics and they always seemed to be nothing more that veneer and a gazillion glue blocks holding everything together.

Those grille conversions look perfect, I was intrigued that you were able to recover everything to get two complementary pieces, fantastic work and effort!

(That cat looks like it was photo shopped in at 2x scale 8^)

- splintergroup

Thanks! Yes, lots of glue blocks, pieces stained only where they would be visible, so I wouldn’t call it well-built furniture.

The grilles did have me scratching my head for a while, but I like how they turned out.

The cat – he’s a big guy, but he’s all fluff. :)

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#3 posted 04-17-2021 09:36 PM

Nice repurposing of the cabinets, great built-in desk.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 04-17-2021 09:55 PM

Good job, Ross! That turned out really great.

You’re becoming the king of drawer fronts with openings backed by black painted panels…

That’s a nice looking room. The LEDs really accentuate the beams and lines of the furniture.

-- Ron Stewart

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Ross Leidy

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#5 posted 04-18-2021 12:23 AM

Thanks, gents. Ron, yeah, I have been exercising my trigger finger on the rattle paint can a lot lately. I even have one more project that might need something similar. I gotta get out of this rut!

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#6 posted 04-18-2021 03:31 PM

I hope you know I wasn’t being critical—just joking around.

Plus, it’s only a rut if it’s not oriented in the direction you’re already headed. If it is, it’s a jig!

-- Ron Stewart

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Ross Leidy

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#7 posted 04-18-2021 03:42 PM


I hope you know I wasn’t being critical—just joking around.

Plus, it’s only a rut if it’s not oriented in the direction you’re already headed. If it is, it’s a jig!

- Ron Stewart


I took it as a joke – no problem. I assumed I might get some comments on the black paint since it’s been a theme in my last 3 projects. I really need to branch out. Maybe a different color paint? :)

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#8 posted 04-18-2021 03:58 PM

Maybe you should go wild and try something like… charcoal gray.

-- Ron Stewart

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Ross Leidy

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#9 posted 04-18-2021 04:01 PM



Maybe you should go wild and try something like… charcoal gray.

- Ron Stewart


Whoa, hold on, let’s not get crazy!

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