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Starting a new project for a serious audiophile with some serious equipment. His McIntosh amp alone weighs 125 lbs.! The dimensions alone make this rack impressive; everything is 8/4 and the shelves are 23" deep, 52" wide, and the unit is 31" high. Each shelf will weigh about 70 lbs.

The top shelf is Curly Maple and the middle and bottom shelves are Northern Hard Rock Maple. These will be banded with Curly Maple so from the front you'll see Curly Maple shelves. But since the middle and bottom shelves will be covered with gear there was no need for these to be the much more expensive Curly Maple.

The legs are about 2" x 3" and are Purpleheart. I'll finish the piece in Nitrocellulose lacquer.

While there's no rush on completing this piece I do want to stay on it as much as possible but as other orders come in I'll put this aside. For instance, we got two separate orders for 18" Longworth chucks today so I'll move all of this out and cut the chucks tomorrow, then move all of this back in to begin planing and jointing shelves.

When the shelves are glued I'll take them to my friend's cabinet shop and run them through their wide belt sander. Our SuperMax 19-38 will work but it will be so much easier to do it on their wide belt sander.

As you can see, just the lumber alone overwhelms our little shop and when it comes to assembling this I'll have to do it in the house because I don't have room in the shop to put it together.

Preliminary design -
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One shelf, basically, prior to jointing -
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All the lumber for the project -
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Curly Maple close up shots -
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More photos and updates as I work through this project. Enjoy!
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The Curly Maple looks beautiful . This is one of my favourite subjects , so I’m looking forward to seeing the outcome.

This guy does something very similar , and I was going to copy his construction techniques

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That's actually one of the websites he showed me for a sample, Rick. But nobody wanted to make one as large as this, at least not for a price that makes sense. It's also not that easy to find 8/4 Curly Maple longer than 48", either. I bought this from Kevin at Curly Maple Wood which is where I've bought all my Curly Maple forever, it seems.

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That's actually one of the websites he showed me for a sample, Rick. But nobody wanted to make one as large as this, at least not for a price that makes sense. It's also not that easy to find 8/4 Curly Maple longer than 48", either. I bought this from Kevin at Curly Maple Wood which is where I've bought all my Curly Maple forever, it seems.

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It will be tricky avoiding it look clunky with those dimensions. Softening the corners may help but I would do a sample with cheap construction lumber to play with and have approved.
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Every edge will be rounded or chamfered to some degree, Rob. Build a test piece out of construction lumber ain't happening, though! Two entirely different materials and unless someone wants the test piece afterward it would be a total waste of time and funds. Besides, I'm allergic to Pine so that's rarely ever in my shop.

He showed me a photo and said, "I want one like this but bigger." That's all the approval I need.

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Wow nice project Dave,

I bookmarked the wood source and the other rack maker, inspiration for sure, but of course nice wood is EXPENSIVE !!!
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Nice shelf The McIntosh Amp will look great on there with those tubes glowing had a friend that had one nothing sounds warmer than a good tube amp. I am sure he will love it.
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Beautiful wood and interesting project. Looking forward to progress on this.
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Great start and I look forward to further details as the project comes to fruition.

Appreciate the lead on the curly maple.
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