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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by ReTrO, Mar 11, 2002.

  1. ReTrO

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    As attentive people will know I have made my own quipment stand/rack.

    I am currently designing one for Taz, it's gonna be a scorcher! (Hey not used that word for a while!)

    If anyone has any usfull contributions on what might be a good addition please feel free to post here.

    It's currently going have 'floating' levels and spiked levels for the CD and DVD.

    Cheers
     
  2. philmate

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    Retro,

    Have a look on www. tnt-audio.com. in the tips and tweakings, there's a section on racks.

    Philmate.
     
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    I'm designing one at the moment for the tv with shelves underneath for the rest of the kit. Main concern is for it to be nice and strong (don't want the loewe to end up on the floor), so i've got a friend of the family to weld a steel frame, and i'll attach a wooden border around the front for aesthetics (similar to those from ashdesign, only a hell of a lot cheaper to make yourself). Shelves will be glass if the price is right for the size and necessary British Standard.
    The best idea i've got is for a panelled-in cable section on the back to keep everything tidy. Shouldn't be hard to incorporate something like that into your design.

    cheers,

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  4. Taz

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    Thats something we should look into Rick ;)


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  5. ReTrO

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    A 'cable tidy' section would work very well with TV stand that has a basic system, ie DVD, TV, VCR ,SKY all connected by SCART. The problem with using cable management with complicated AV systems is that there is rarely enough room for all the cables. I'll look into it but on a conventional style hifi stand it would probably add excess bulk, and not really look to good either.

    I'll look into it though, and make sure you have plenty of room for your cables philgibson.
     
  6. philgibson

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    thanks ReTrO,

    I've done a quick sketch for you based on the design for my rack. If you were to box in the shaded section between the two rear supports, this should give plenty of room for cables. I saw something similar in 7oaks the other day, which had a slide-in rear panel to the box section. I reckon this design should be stronger than the 'leg in each corner' approach, but it would take quite a bit more work.

    BTW, I haven't made the stand yet, it's still in pre-production!!. Still saving for the av amp and centre, so I have room at the moment for the stereo amp, dvd and ps2. My girlfriend's dad is currently working in a school technology dept., and has his eye on some materials and equipment so it's just a case of getting round to it.

    Hope this helps,
    Will keep you posted!, and please .. let me know how you get on.

    pg.
     

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    I see what you are getting at phil.

    I will post some links to pics of my stand I have made soon.

    Rick
     

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    If your having trouble with the price of toughened glass, you could use safety glass (the one with the criss cross wire running through it) which is very much in vogue at the moment, and is often used by designers and architects, on table tops, and as room partitions in loft apartments. It can not just smash,so your tv won't fall through it.
     
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    thanks sean,
    i like the sound of that,

    although i'm basing it on a design that's around in the shops, i'd like to make it a bit custom! haven't got the price for standard toughened yet, but will look into it.

    pg.
     
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    safety glass is not that cheap!- i bought a 1 metre square of it as a splashback for my hob, cost £60 with 3 polished edges, and four drilled holes(£2.50 per hole) I thought it was meant to be fire proof, but the heat from my hob has cracked it :-(
     
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    I'm sorry i meant security glass, and i don't think it's fire proof. You wont need to drill holes, if you make a lib for the glass to drop in to.
     
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    10mm Toughend glass with 4 ground edges 21" X 17" just cost me £28 each, I needed 8 of em, I guess I should have checked the price before I decided to build the cabinet with glass shelves :rolleyes:, 10mm may be over the top as 6mm would probably have been ok but better safe than sorry.
    Another thing I never really thought about before I started building a stand for my kit is the overall weight of the thing now its finished and loaded with gear, I would think the overall weight is about 250 to 300 Kilos I mounted it all on 6 heavy duty casters so I could easily pull it away from the wall to gain access to the rear but the weight of the thing still makes it a pain to move.
     
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    So the stand won't collapse, but the floor might give way underneath.;)

    Oh, bu**er! Nothings ever simple is it. :)

    Regards
     
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    You got any pics of your stand Mick?

    Cheers
     
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    Not so much a stand as a cabinet :) and i'm fortunate that I have a concrete floor :p.

    As for pictures...........well, maybe when I figure out how to get the doors to hang straight :confused:
     
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    Another ReTrO / Taz production !!! :)

    New stand built today by me and ReTrO to match my B&W speakers....

    Taz.:cool:
     

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    What did you use to give it that look?

    I want to know all!
     
  18. Taz

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    Pointon

    The shelves were made from 18mm MDF, lipped on 3 sides with 18mm square beech, then they were veneered with yew veneer, polished and then silver guilt cream was applied to the lippings by hand and left to dry. It can be poilshed to desired sheen. Legs are natural koto.

    Working in a furniture factory, all this is easily achieved ! :)

    Taz. :cool:
     
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    One question for u guys, when using the threaded shaft to go thro all of the wooden sections how do u make sure all of the holes are in the same positions in all off the pieces and do u use a pillar drill or just a normal drill?

    im feeling rather creative at the mo, so i might construct my own rack

    cheers
     
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    Have a look in General Chat at the Thread " The rack"

    that will help you on the above question.

    Taz.:cool:
     
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    Mines coming along nicely :)

    The legs have all been cut to the correct size and will very shortly be drilled ready for the rod.
     
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    Duncan, ReTrO was just round my place and I was just telling him I must mail you regarding the legs on your stand... 8mm rod your using yeh? then bore them with an 11mm drill bit as I have found to my cost that even a pillar drill will not ensure a perfect fit the extra 3 mm will allow you to align them to the shelves correctly.

    Just had a new set of legs cut today for mine!:blush:

    Taz.:cool:
     
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    Cheers matey boy
    Thats Dads side of the job, im more sanding and carrying boy :D
     
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    ITS FINISHED.

    Well it was finished yesterday evening and im now trying to get hold of a cam to post some pics on here.

    It looks GREAT. The TV looks very good that bit higher up and all the equipment looks superb. Pride of place is my new Toshiba 510 DVD player.

    At around £80 for everything ( including wood, stain, varnish, rod, bolts and wheels ) its a bargain.

    Thanks again to Retro and Taz for there help and inspiration
     
  25. ReTrO

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    Look forward to seeing the pics!

    I have my TV on a stand that is 60cm high, and having it higher than the stand that come with it (40cm high) is much better for your back/neck, which is what I need.
     
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    Well done Duncan/Duncans dad!:D

    look forward to seeing some pictures asap.


    Taz.:cool:
     
  27. dUnKle

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    Its like a whole new room :D

    Its allowed me to move the left and right speakers that little bit closer together and give them more breathing space and having the center speaker now under the TV seems to have given that new life too.

    The stand looks very similar to that one in the picture but is slightly wider ( has three columns of equipment ).

    The only bad thing is that I have now had to relocate my sub to the side of the room. It actually sounds better but looks slightly unsightly :( whats the best thing I can do ( ie potted plants or a blanket over the top ;) ) that could hide it slightly
     
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    Oi oi Duncan!

    Where's your pics m8y?

    Cheers

    :)
     
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    Still in need of a camera
     
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    Nnnoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (repeat ad. finitum)

    Normal camera and scanner?

    Good diagrams?

    Please?

    :(
     

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