Floating media cabinet and shelf

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 07-13-2011 06:46 AM 7371 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a floating media cabinet that I made for my father in law. The basic goal was to create some sort of storage solution for the media components and dvds that did not sit on the floor and a clean design. It is constructed of oak ply and solid oak edging and drawer fronts. The cabinet is hung on the wall with a french cleat system. The drawers are 1/2” birch ply on 12” full extension slides. The drawer fronts extend about a half inch below the cabinet bottom with hand holds routed in the back side to allow the drawers to be opened without the use of handles or drawer pulls (I thought that would ruin the clean simple lines of the piece. The drawers hold just shy of 80 dvds in standard cases. The floating shelf was an after thought (thought about after I completed the the installation of the cabinet that is). Now that is where things started getting interesting. So I built the cabinet unit in Florida and transported it to South Carolina (visiting the family) where my father in law has a very basic set of hand tools and I brought very few items because I thought the construction was complete. So I had to quickly throw together a shelf with a hand miter box, a ryobi rechargeable saw, and a hammer. Talk about a flashback! I was taken back to my start in woodworking, I was really appreciating the progress that I have made! The floating shelf is basically a skin over the support mechanism, 1/4” oak ply and 1×2 solid oak. The color is minwax american walnut water-based stain, and satin water based poly sprayed with the Harbor Freight HVLP system (excellent system by the way). The color was chosen by the customer. I think it came out pretty good (the pictures are not so good).

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#1 posted 07-14-2011 08:07 PM

Nice, you should try and get those wires behind the wall though. That would really add to the look. I saw on a show once how they scored a grove in the drywall put the wires inside and puttied over it. Then a coat of paint and you could not even tell. For a wall in the middle of a home I would make a hole and pass the wires inside the wall but on an exterior wall which is insulated and has vapor barriers and such I thought that was a cool trick.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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