Unplggd reader, Jesse Chorng, wrote in to share a cabinet he designed and built himself using MDF and birch plywood, hand stained, and finished with auto paint for durability, all to house his vinyl collection and audio equipment.
Jesse has been documenting his project at his site:
I thought that it was time I move my turntable into my bedroom and create a more convenient and functional sound system. The biggest obstacle was finding something that I could house all my existing equipment in while also having space to properly store my records. But now that the workshop is so organized and well equipped, I literally look for excuses to make things.
I first started drawing a diagram of all the electronic components I wanted to include. The actual configuration has since changed but it's not too far from this original sketch.
Then last Saturday, I whipped out Google's SketchUp and started planning a cabinet to house all the shit I drew up. Nowadays, I usually go straight to SketchUp because it gives me a real sense of how the physical object will look. This free app is super easy to use and allows you to keep manipulating measurements until you get something your happy with proportionally.
Check out more details and photos over at Jesse's site.