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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. 馃槈

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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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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You鈥檇 probably stroke out if you seen what it鈥檚 worth here :(
 

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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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Beautiful wood and interesting project. Looking forward to progress on this.
 

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It may not seem like much progress but I have now cut to length and planed all of the Hard Rock Maple, straight lined the edges of all boards on the tablesaw, and run every edge on the jointer. These boards are heavy and I'm worn out!! LOL!

Running the Curly Maple on the jointer was a bit iffy since I have straight blades but they are razor sharp and I took very light passes. The edges came out very clean with very minor tear out in a couple of places but they're in the middle of the edge so it's not going to be an issue. I considered getting a Shelix head for the jointer - PM 54A - but since this worked I'll do that upgrade later (maybe).

I have another project I need to move to this afternoon and that may prevent me from gluing these boards today to get the 23" width but they're ready for that step.
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Minor update on this audio rack; turns out the straight knives on my jointer were not giving me the clean edge I thought I was getting on the Curly Maple. When I moved the boards into different light and looked at them closer I saw the tear out in a few places. I made some changes and ran them again but with the same results.

So, today I ordered a Shelix cutterhead for my PM54A jointer. For now this project is waiting on the new cutterhead. I have wanted one for a while and never wanted to spend the money but this project is worthy of an equipment change. Besides, any project that requires the purchase of a new tool is a good project - right!!
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I鈥檇 love to change the head in my jointer and Planer to those heads also , but there ridiculously priced .
I had no idea conventional heads were that bad in this application. :(
 

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I鈥檇 love to change the head in my jointer and Planer to those heads also l but ridiculously priced .
I had no idea conventional heads were that bad in this application. :(
If I hadn't moved the boards into a different room or looked at them closely I would've thought they were good (they're in the house for now :grin:). The areas I looked at were good but I didn't look at all edges.

About $400 for the head, bearings, 10 extra cutters, and shipping. I'm sure it's going to be worth it but I'm also very reluctant to spend money. :wink:

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Besides, any project that requires the purchase of a new tool is a good project - right!!

Yes it is!!!!!!

About $400 for the head, bearings, 10 extra cutters, and shipping. I'm sure it's going to be worth it but I'm also very reluctant to spend money.

It could be $40 and you'd complain David!! I'm the same way. But I'm sure you'll love it when it all comes together.
 

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It could be $40 and you'd complain David!! I'm the same way. But I'm sure you'll love it when it all comes together.
Haha! You've been talking to my kids, right?

I got an email about the order this afternoon and they're back ordered - ugh! They said it could be 3-4 weeks. So I guess I'll work on something else for a while... :frown:

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+1 Echo: Great looking wood! And a wonderful project for showcasing it and your skills.

FYI & FWIW - I was doing some searches for wood identification not too long ago, and came across this excellent resource for discussions about wood species identification, which also offers peer to peer wood sales https://woodbarter.com/, noting that I have no experience actually buying wood from anybody on that forum, just that most of the wood that I seen there is quite beautiful. Prices? Sorry, I don't have any sense of them being high, reasonable, or otherwise.
 
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