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mission style media cabinet

Listing #1492   Listed on: 10/16/2008

Company Name: watkins construction

Contact Name:   brian watkins
this is a project that i designed with the intention of reproducing to sell. after finishing i feel that it was too cost prohibitive to market. either i am too slow or just spent too much on materials.

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oak mission style, I used doors and side panels from a manufacturer.

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here is used a manufactured panel and added to it for thickness. i ordered the panel with a wide bottom rail then notched it to create the legs.

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i used black laminate on baltic birch for the interior walls. this shows the roll-out trays and shelves

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this shows the upper section and the pullout shelf behind the tilt-out panels which look like drawers when closed. the pull-out shelf was designed to hold the arcade joystick here but can be use like a desk also.

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i decided to build some speaker cabinets too.

Viewer Comments:

Posted By: Nick     [10/16/2008]
Your work is exquisite and requires a buyer who appreciates quality. Fantastic!

Posted By: brian     [10/16/2008]
thanks nick. that's quite a first comment. I'd like to find buyers who appreciate quality... and can afford it too. :)

Posted By: Jeremy Talbot     [10/17/2008]
Brian,this is a very nice piece, I think you should be able to find a buyer. Does the tv slide out as well? Remember, when developing a new product it always takes more time, then it gets done quicker from there. Still a nice piece!

Posted By: sean m titmas     [10/26/2008]
im a big fan of combining old world style with modern technology and you did a fine job with your cabinet. if you stream line the design to make it more efficient and sub out the cutting to a CNC shop you will have a product that can be successfully sold to the niche market of audiophiles. nice work. any more to show?

Posted By: bran     [10/26/2008]
thanks for the compliment. i thought of the cnc idea. it would have to be something like that to make this work. i don't have anything else right now.

Posted By: Mark     [10/27/2008]
Hi, I like your piece - esp the simple lean design. My eye however needs a rail on the bottom of both top and lower cabinets. M

Posted By: brian     [10/27/2008]
thanks Mark for your helpful thoughts on this. i never considered a bottom rail on the upper section but the lower cab i did. but i ordered my panels wrong for that to line up.

Posted By: NB     [11/06/2008]
where did you find the design for the speaker enclosures? Everything looks great but i would have flush mounted the speaker drivers, as they look and sound better that way

Posted By: Seamus     [11/06/2008]
Beautiful cabinet Brian! I'm also a big fan of streamlining the old with the new. How did you feed the speaker wires into the doors? And where is the feed hidden?

Posted By: Sandy     [11/06/2008]
Very nice piece. One suggestion to bring down the cost and labor would be to do everything inside with the black melamine. Right now you have it mixed. I don't think it would take away from the piece very much to replace your solid wood item inside, since they will be covered up anyway once someone puts components in it. But it would definitely lower the cost and time involved. I do a lot of contemporary entertainment centers, and I always do the inside in black and put all of effort into my exterior and finish.

Posted By: brian     [11/06/2008]
@NB - i came up with the speaker enclosures myself. i don't really know the best way to do them. i just liked this look. yes i've been told that i should flush the speakers and i agree.

@Seamus - thanks for the compliment also. when i took the pictures i didn't have any wires run. i still don't have a good idea about how to run them to the speakers.

@sandy - thanks. i think your right about the black melamine. I built it the way i would like to have it if it were my own disregarding cost, but i may have to make concessions. There are other things i could change to bring costs down. I think laminated mdo might cost less but i don't know much about using that material.

Posted By: Seamus     [11/10/2008]
It might be a long shot, but how about finding an extra-long drillbit and making up a jig to keep the bore straight right below the five-knuckle? If that sounds a bit much, how about adding a 3/4 peice of solid stock along the inside toward the hinge? You could dado out the back to recess for the wires.

Posted By: blaine vonhagen     [11/13/2008]
nice work , a stickley piece that size would probably sell for about 7000 you could tighten your revieals to 3/32 and do it in quartersawn white oak also do a fake through mortice on your legs so it looks like the rails are morticed through the front of the legs. the extra time and materials would pay off in the end with a true mission piece

Posted By: Erik Disler     [11/25/2008]
Hello, I would like to say that this is a beatifully designed custom cabinet, but personally, I wouldn't choose to mass produce this design. The upper cabinet limits the dimensions of the monitor. The drawer configuration also seems to be very specific to the electronics. In my humble opinion, furniture that is tightly coupled to the dimensions of electronics technologies are a tougher sell because of the built in obsolesence.

Posted By: woodman     [01/14/2009]
Well Brian, the first step would be to see if there is a market at all for a particular design. If so, you then find a ways to streamline your production for cost effectiveness.

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