You may recall that in our last installment, I had lugged my 110 lb/50 kg studio equipment rack up 2 flights of stairs to the little bedroom corner where I record. I had planned to put it on top of a TV table similar to this one. (In fact, that may be the exact one I have).
At any rate, I discovered very quickly that a tallish 110 lb object is rather tippy when placed on a spindly TV table. It wasn't that the table couldn't support the weight; it was that the rack is so tall it wanted to tip over.
It's always something, isn't it?
After pondering my problem, I decided to make a super sturdy, heavy duty table to support the rack and prevent it from tipping over, and make it at a better (lower) height than the TV table.
You'll see that I cannot be confused with a cabinet maker. This is pretty basic and functional.
The main requirement is strength.
I used about 2/3 of a bottle for this project. Crazy.
Remember the main requirement: strength.
Looks like an end table at this point. Sort of. If you squint.
Stickley, it is not.
You can see the countersinks too - might have made them a bit too deep but I'll fill the holes anyway.
It's pretty sturdy. I think this is going to work.
If not, I'll have a small end table for The Dungeon.
Note my homebrew jigsaw guide. The piece of plywood was too large to cut on the bandsaw.
I can't tell you how valuable a drill attachment to drive screws is. No way I could have done this by hand.
In a nod to craftsmanship, I rounded the corners.
It actually looks like a small table. I am stunned.
And...it's quite strong.
So I got a bit crazy and decided to put a shelf on the bottom. Just the thing to store cables, microphones, picks, you name it.
I found a piece of 1/4 inch
The cuts on the corner are so it will fit around the legs. Wild, huh?
More screws and glue. More strength added to the thing.
You might note that I slipped the shelf into place before I put the braces on.
I put some pieces on three of the sides to act as fences and help keep objects on the shelf. I hate having stuff on low shelves side off onto the floor. And I really hate getting down on my hands and knees to find the stuff that slid off.
I'm thinking about lining the shelf with felt, since I may store semi-delicate stuff on it. Hmmm.
It's about 18 inches (46cm) tall, 25 inches (about 63cm) wide, and 18 inches deep. It's quite light - just a few pounds I'd guess.
Now I need to fill the countersunk holes, sand it and finish it.