Summer building projects announced!
I've got a few major upcoming projects this summer that will hopefully be a good time. I've been itchin' to get out my saws and such...but won't be able to until at least mid-May, but more realistically, June.
On the list of things to do (or build, rather) this summer (not yet in priority order):
The refurb plan is to do the following: leave the lower portion pretty much as-is since it works very well, but change the upper portion in the following ways:
- Cut back the depth about 6", leaving a 'stepped look' to it from the side (when both pieces are put together).
- Raise the height about 3-4", leaving more room in the lower cavity for monitors and TV -- possibly allowing for inclusion of keyboard room as upper shelf is stepped back.
The lower portion will stay the same, except I will trim off the lips on the sides of the tabletop (which were there originally to prevent things falling off -- but really are unnecessary in its current position) and extend the right-hand side about 18" -- enough to accomodate the LaserJet 5, thusly taking it off the top shelf and putting it in a more reachable and user-friendly place.
The solution: build a new entertainment center.
I've drawn some very basic plans (on paper and in my head) as to how this will look. Currently, it will be a three-piece unit: One center unit which will house all the A/V equipment and also the TV and center speaker; two matching/adjustible bookshelves to go on either side of the unit (where we can keep movies/books and the main L/R speakers). I haven't yet decided where to put the subwoofer, but that's alright. I need to do some layout and such before finalizing the design.
I originally figured I'd create a 'corner cabinet' where the center unit would be at 45 degree angle to each wall (e.g. in the corner) and each bookshelf would be flush with its appropriate wall. This was also to be one unit, not three.
Quickly I decided against that, mostly because in the current setup, the TV is more at a 60-30 degree angle (facing more in one direction than another) than at a 45-45 degree angle...and needs to be that way in order to maximize 'good seats' when viewing. Furthermore, we will have to move this beast when the time comes...so portability came into mind. Such came the three-piece design...where we can independently set the center unit at a correct angle (or keep it flush with a wall) in future living areas.
This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/20/07