Building a Home-made Credenza
I designed my system around a wall-mounted plasma
display mounted over a lowboy or credenza to hold the equipment.
Wall-mounting gave me the opportunity to get the screen at the
optimal height for comfortable viewing. Also, the articulated
wall mount makes it easy to work on the system, and the whole screen
can be pulled out and aimed over 45 degrees sideways for watching
from the dining room. In addition, we live in earthquake
country -- I feel a whole lot safer having this big, expensive,
breakable item securely mounted to the wall.
When I started searching for just the right cabinet,
I really couldn't find anything suitable. I wanted 3
bays, with enough width in the center to fit a high-quality
center-channel speaker. Finally I started pricing custom-made
cabinets, which would have cost $2-3K. So, being an
amateur woodworker, I decided to build my own. This cost me
a bit over $400 in materials, and at least 4 weekends of work, but it came
out great and was exactly what I wanted. (You can visit my
woodworking pages to see some of my
other woodworking projects).