DIY av unit - clearance for AV receiver?

wardyworld

Active Member
Hi

As per title I am building my own AV rack using IKEA lack side tables. I have a Yamaha RXA-3060 receiver.

What clearance above the AV receiver would you recommend? AV receiver is 190mm tall. Would 100 mm be about right? I don't want to make the entire unit unnecessarily tall, just enough to ensure adequate airflow for the amp. The other kit (sky q, Blu-ray and PS4) I'm not too concerned about and will leave about 50mm for airflow.

Cheers,

Adam
 

peter-d-w

Active Member
If you're using side tables I assume they will be open at the back and sides which will help the airflow. I'm sure that 100mm clearance will be ample. Otherwise maybe drill large holes above the receiver.
 

wardyworld

Active Member
If you're using side tables I assume they will be open at the back and sides which will help the airflow. I'm sure that 100mm clearance will be ample. Otherwise maybe drill large holes above the receiver.
Yes side tables, so open at the back and sides. I thought 100mm would be fine as they are open but wanted to be sure before I cut the legs.

If I do 100mm above the amp then the whole thing will be a meter tall, so that's fine with me. Question now is can I build this without messing it up...
 

peter-d-w

Active Member
You have probably thought of this already but use masking tape on the legs so you can mark the cut lines better and it will protect the finished surface too.
 

wardyworld

Active Member
You have probably thought of this already but use masking tape on the legs so you can mark the cut lines better and it will protect the finished surface too.
Yes but thanks, it's a good tip. I just hope it turns out the way I've seen them on the net. I will probably join them using L shaped plates at the back and front rather than dowel rods as that looks a bit too precise for my woodworking skills
 

wardyworld

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So, I've built it. Never done any woodworking before, so had to teach myself as I went along. All legs have wooden inserts, dowel rod joints and glued together. It's a heavy beast and very sturdy.

I am really pleased with this, in a year or two I intend to redo this in real oak.
 

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