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Old 08-26-2011, 09:59 AM   #1
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Hello Al,
this is my first post, i'm currently brainstorming about building a custom wall unit for my condo which i will get into on the first of October.
I saw in a paper a custom shelf build with all different cube / rectangles.
What i'm hoping to build is some sort of shelfs that hang just below my plasma tv. I was thinking of making boxes to accomodate all my different tv component such as receiver, speakers, remote, blu ray, dvd, xbox and satelite receiver. I have this picture in mind but the design i would look for would be cube below the tv, and a column ( a bunch) of cube on the right hand side with all different shapes.

I hope my english isn't confusing oyu guys (i'm a frenchy)

Questions i have -
Should i used mdf 1/2 '' or 5/8 ''?
I'm planing of gluing the cube together, should i also use nails or screw?
How would i go about mounting all that stuff on a wall, would mdf be strong enough to hold.

* I have taken some woodshop classes back in hoghschool, and i have access to a full woodshop where i work*

Any recommendations are also appreciated.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:27 PM   #2
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What type of wall is it? Studded with wood? Metal?
I'd use a birch plywood instead on MDF. MDF is very heavy and has little structural stiffness. Long horizontal runs will sag.
I'd glue and nail it.

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Don't call me Al! Just kidding, your English is better than my French.
Birch plywood has a nice finish on both sides although MDO (good 2 sides) might be a little cheaper. I like to make the sides deeper than the shelves so I can rabbet the back to cover the back panel (I assume you're putting a back on it).
If you're using plywood or other sheet material, you'll need to apply a face frame or veneer to the raw edges of the plywood. I'd use 3/4".
I also try to paint the components before assembling them
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Don't call me Al! Just kidding, your English is better than my French.
Birch plywood has a nice finish on both sides although MDO (good 2 sides) might be a little cheaper. I like to make the sides deeper than the shelves so I can rabbet the back to cover the back panel (I assume you're putting a back on it).
If you're using plywood or other sheet material, you'll need to apply a face frame or veneer to the raw edges of the plywood. I'd use 3/4".
I also try to paint the components before assembling them
To respond to the two above posts,
i did glue and nailed the pieces togetger, The wall is framed, althought i don't know what it is framed with.

I might have to restart and plans things out better. Things look great but as one mentioned, long runs might start to sag.
I was thinking on installing drywall anchors and hanging and L shape hanger to the bottom each cube, that way i can get a good support from the walls. (some anchors are rated a 75lbs each)

Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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