I was asked recently if I wanted an old desk from my neighbor. I am a sucker for old furniture and could not resist. I am also a sucker for Vinyl and stereo cabinets. Stereo cabinets are a throw back to a time when electronics were not just functional, but pieces of furniture to add style and elegance to your home. I have converted a buffet we had into my first stereo cabinet, but did not really like the finished product as a cabinet. It was more a transformer. I wanted to try my hand at making something that combined a modern look with a 50’s/60’s straight line elegance. Here are my pics. I do not really outline the process much- but it was fun to do!
The desk had veneer all over it, so it made it a little tough to work on without stripping off too much of the veneer. It also had a really unsightly border on the desktop that looked like a wooden rope. It had to go.
First step was to remove the top and get the drawers out. Then rip off the ugly border.
Once that was done, I stripped off the finish using an elective sander and a hand planer. This caused an issue down the road with the veneer on the top of the piece, which I originally thought was solid wood.
I then attached a border on the top using a biscuit joiner and glue. I also had to fill in the holes from the old hardware I removed by using a dowel rod and glue.
I do not have many of the in-progress pics, but basically, I removed the fronts on a couple of the large drawers so they could be held in place. I also added a based and box into the piece to hold a record player and records.
I had to test the speakers after I installed them as I found issues with rattling of the veneer and drawer. I had to use MDF to secure the drawer base and shim the veneer internally to keep it from rattling when the volume came up on the speakers. I also added a couple of speaker wire plugs so a stereo head could easily be installed without having to open the unit to wire the speakers. I also chose to expose the speakers and purchased Rockford Fosgates as these had a nice style without the covers.
I added a shelf for the stereo unit and made it removable in case it was not necessary and storage was needed under the unit.
I split the top into a 2/3 and 1/3 top, attaching the 1/3 portion to the desk permanently and adding a set of hinges and holder for the top.
All exposed decking was covered in black felt. New hardware was attached after the entire unit took 3 coats of Minwax water based acrylic. (I could have used oil based, but I was concerned about yellowing)
Obligatory Picture of Me
Taking Life Apart- What Does That Mean?I have decided to talk more about what I want and not just what I do at work. I have had a fascination since I was a child with understanding how things work. I would and still do- dismantle things to see how they work. I believe I have begun to do this with my life experience in my writing. So- here is my attempt at explaining the world I have been tearing apart in order to live my life.