Audio Cabinet

This woodworker finds design freedom rewarding.

SHOP OWNER: Dennis Hook

    Here are a few pictures of a cabinet I made to house my church’s audio equipment. To construct the carcass I used black melamine and framed it with Honduras mahogany. The “shapes” on the side are Honduras mahogany and Purpleheart. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to provide a cabinet with a purpose and still be able to enjoy some fun and creativity.
    Originally, I started out trying to figure a way to hide the exposed screws holding the melamine box together. I drew the mahogany frame on the panel at a size I thought would look good. Since curves have always been appealing to me, I just drew a curve on the panel, then another, then another, and it developed into what you see.
Audio Cabinet

    After taping tracing paper over the new sketch, I transferred the lines roughly and grabbed the scissors to cut out each shape. Then all I had to do was hold the paper on the wood and do a quick outline that I later cut with a band saw and jigsaw. I used an edge sander to smooth out the rough cuts and a light touch here and there with the random orbit sander, until they had a curve that I found to be pleasing.
    After I cut the pieces into the framework and the places where they overlapped, I screwed them all together on a bench top. I took my six-inch grinder and began to gouge out divots and concaves, just whatever I felt like doing. Then I smoothed them all out with a random orbit sander. I chose to round the edges and add the “hilly” nature to the shapes to add some visual interest and break from the ridged lines of the frame. Instead of stain, I prefer to use different colored woods to add contrast. With all the parts disassembled, I finished them with a clear catalyzed lacquer.

. . . Dennis Hook



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