Book and Media Stand

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Project by L posted 06-16-2013 04:52 PM 1603 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I long have had a dictionary too large to keep on my working desk and too heavy to keep on a shelf and take down every time it was needed. So it was a waste of a great resource.

I finally solved that problem when I needed to build a better stand for the media equipment I have for an entertainment room. The room has a large screen TV so It also has a set-top box. Along with that I stlll have and use a very good VCR player and, yes, the requisite DVD player.

Also, because it predates flat-screens and does a great job as on Aux sound input, I use my Bose radio/CD-player system rather than yet another soundbar device. So all these electronic components needed a home.

So what better way to top off the electronic age than an old fashioned unabridged English Dictionary for the crossword and scrabble junkies, including me.

Nothing really fancy about the piece, made from poplar and painted. The wide sides and top are biscuit jointed and the top is also then bordered on all sides by another 1×1-1/2 in edge piece. I did that so all sides would match the near edge which needed a trim piece with a lip as the book-stop.

The sides of the angled up at the back so the dictionary leans forward for easy reading.

I inlaid the adjustable shelving rods to give a more attractive look to the unit. Years ago I purchased a bookshelf (before I started doing woodworking) and these shelf-support strips were just attached to the inside of the carcass and I’ve never really liked that look.

I have the media units on the low side and the Bose on the top and a lot of space above that because the Bose does not operate effectively with a low-ceiling enclosure. It needs space for volume projection. Hence the layout.

As you can see, I allowed a little toe room for the stand to avoid shoe marks on the front plate. I placed felt pads on the 4 corners to provide a sft contact with the hardwood floor.

The paint is a black milk paint. Depending on the light, it can appear pure black or ‘milky’ as seen in the shot of the top edge. If you look closely you can see the breadboard’s edge.

I hope you like the unit.
I really hope so because I’m in the process of making a second identical unit! I have a large family Bible for the book space on top and the shelves will house all the DVDs and VCR tapes.


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#1 posted 06-19-2013 06:31 PM

very nicely done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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