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I hope this isn't too far off the forum direction here...
Looking into building my own TV stand. The wife wants one of those electric fireplaces in it, but the premade tv stands with fireplace are all too shallow to fit my record player. The fireplace inserts themselves are shallow (6" in this case) which makes for lots of dead space behind it to hide a subwoofer. So I'll be doing a sub box build for this also with my UM12-22 and 500watt Yung plate. It would be a separate enclosure to try and isolate cabinet vibrations. Even still I wouldn't be surprised if I need to turn it off when spinnin vinyl.
Fun with MS paint:
The center bay above the fireplace is a drawer that will hold the record player. On either side are open bays for the stereo a/v receiver and other A/V equipment. Having the record player on drawer rails isn't the greatest idea but, after tossing around other ideas, it seems like the most reasonable. I'll need to make sure I can find beefy rails that will extend far enough to clear the top for the dust cover to open. When all the dimensions stack up It seems I need about 18" minimum depth for the top, which would be the widest and deepest piece.
For materials, to keep it frugal I'm planning to use pine. As oak or any other wood would drive up cost 2x-3x.
The rest will likely be Radiata pine for the corner legs, horizontal boards and supports, and 1/2" plywood for the shelf and sides. The top will either get a simple clearcoat, or maybe try R-Carpenter's walnut stain before the clearcoat. The rest I'm thinking to try a white wash.
The 60" fireplace insert shipped in yesterday. I got that first as it's actual size will play directly into the overall width and height of the piece. Normally this stuff seems chintzy to me, but I'm impressed with how much more realistic they are able to get the flame effect than I've seen in the past. The log/coal bed and flames are able to be independently color changed too. So if you want weird blue glowing logs and green flames then it can do that lol! On the heater side of things it has two heat settings (probably just turns on one or two 750watt coils) and even has a timer option to shut it off after up to 8 hours later if you fall asleep with it on. Pretty neat IMO. But overall this unit is a point of failure that I'm not a big fan of. And these inserts don't seem to adhere to any standard sizing. So I'm taking a chance on this and hoping when it does eventually fail I can fix it, or find a direct replacement. Or worse case scenario, remove it and make a nice looking block off plate. Similar problem to making a DIY bluetooth speaker. Spend good money on drivers and crossover only to have the electronics/amp crap out and render it useless.