Built in record cabinet / lego wall

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  • I thought it was probably best to stop spamming the DIY thread so moving stuff here.

    I built a simple plywood record cabinet about 18 months ago in a rush during a free weekend away from a 6month old at the time. It wasn't stained, measurements were not as precise as they should be and I never ended up staining or varnishing it.

    Time for a new cabinet.

    I wanted to increase the vinyl storage and also have some space for an expanding collection of lego.

    Designed it in SketchUp and ended up with this (also shown is the old one):


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  • There were a couple of peculiarities like needing removable shelves in the bottom left for an access hatch to the eaves and a larger opening in the top right for a giant lego castle.

    I planned to add LEDs to light each shelf / cube so originally designed in a front facia to allow for the hidden LEDs and meant it was easier to hide the MDF edges.

  • Nice! One day I’ll get round to replacing our Billy book case wall with something similar. I hadn’t thought of using hairpin legs. I have now. Saved to mood board.

  • First thing first, I needed to move a socket to power the turntable, amp and LEDs.

    Used a multi tool and cut points where I knew there were dabs of plaster and chiseled them out to create a straight run.

    Added some oval trunking that just fit behind the plasterboard and set in place with expanding foam in the cavities.

    Plaster over the top then finish with fine filler and paint.


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  • Next up was starting the cabinet - 6x2 carcass timber for the base, levelled and screwed into the skirting.

    Super annoyingly, the room is about 12cm longer than a standard MDF sheet so a had to domino a little additional piece onto the base board (and the top shelf).

    Dry fit all of the bottom cabinets in the garage before glueing / nailing in place in the room.

    Perfectly level :D


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  • Second row was cut then dry fit upstairs. This is on the top of three floors and it's a complete PITA to keep coming up and down to fit something but worth it to make sure everything was snug and level.

    Also checked it fit the lego...


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  • I changed my mind at this point and decided against a full front facia. Instead, I cut 17mm height batons that snugly fit each width and glued them on.

    These then needed filling and sanding to avoid a line showing.

    I think it looks much nicer than my original design. Easier too...


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  • I fucking hate painting. Worst job.

    First was two coats of Zinsser BIN which stinks - glad I had a 3M vapour respirator. Sanding to 180 in between coats.

    Then I went with the eggshell version of the wall paint; Craig & Rose Steel Pole. Two coats covers very well with a nice, even finish. Coverage was excellent with less than 750ml used (estimate).


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  • And that's where I'm up to.

    Jobs still to do:

    1. Paint the rear / side walls with the chalky emulsion.
    2. Drill holes behind the batons to allow LEDs through
    3. Cut and epoxy the diffuser bars behind the battons
    4. Wire the LEDs up and run the cables
    5. Fit ceiling speakers
    6. Caulk right hand panel gap (don’t have any backing rod atm)
    7. Scribe and fit baseboard
    8. Put all the shit back on the shelves
    9. Tidy up the colossal mess in my garage
  • So good.
    And that Lego nail gun is immense.

  • Good stuff

  • Ha. The collaboration no one was expecting!

  • Painting is now finished on the main cabinet.

    I think it looks ace.

    Also fitted the ‘now playing’ record holder.


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  • Ceiling speakers done.

    First I ventured into the loft to feed cable down the eaves to the access hatch behind the unit and fitted them to a banana plug wall plate I installed.

    So. Much. Insulation. It was double stacked so a complete PITA to uncover given its a tiny space as we’ve got rooms in the roof space.


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  • Next, marked a point then checked it had space around it from up in the loft.

    Then frickin lasers to get a right angle across the room and measure the space back across to make sure they’re even.

    Got really lucky with the rafter spacing so the speakers are identically spaced from each wall.

    Fitted fire hoods and wired them in. Done.


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  • LEDs next. Used RGBWW with a HomeKit controller so I can sync it with the hue bulb in the room.

    Drilled holes using my fancy right angle drill attachment so they could pass through.

    Managed to find some 6 core wire and solderless connections which made the job much easier.

    Only snag is on the left hand side where the run wouldn’t allow cables behind the unit. Drilled a hole into the eaves and back out again under the bottom shelf and fed them out and back to create the run.

    Put Lego back.

    Think their Speed Champions collection is a bit cluttered at the top so might remove them and find a differed home.

    Just got to tidy up the wires on the right hand side and paint the trunking when Ayla is napping later.


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  • .

  • Looks really smart!

  • Subbed, and liking it a lot.

    Can we have a tool porn shot pls.

    How are you powering the LEDs?

  • Show off.

    It does look very good

  • LEDs are these ones. Powered by the included adapter & HomeKit bridge.

    Good luck finding some tool porn in my workshop right now…

    Purchased as part of this build:

    1. MFT3 - can’t believe I went so long without one
    2. MFT dog / clamp accessories
    3. Kapex / MFT extensions for long work pieces
    4. TPC 18 drill + right angle attachment

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  • Looks great and what a nice way to celebrate your Lego/Technic collection.

    Is the castle the new one they released earlier this year?

  • Yes. It’s the 90th anniversary one. Highly recommend it. Loads of fun to build

  • Updated progress:

    1. Paint the rear / side walls with the chalky emulsion.
    2. Drill holes behind the batons to allow LEDs through
    3. Cut and epoxy the diffuser bars behind the battons just used the LEDs adhesive in the end
    4. Wire the LEDs up and run the cables
    5. Fit ceiling speakers
    6. Caulk right hand panel gap (don’t have any backing rod atm)
    7. Scribe and fit baseboard
    8. Put all the shit back on the shelves
    9. Tidy up the colossal mess in my garage

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  • Looks really good. Well done.

    What's the massive black box above the frame?

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