"Diamond Modern Turntable Cabinet"

43" x 32" x 16"

Here is my third version of my turntable and record cabinet, and also my new favorite.
Corner Detail
This piece was made of walnut plywood and cambia oak. I made the material chocie based on the clients request for dark wood. The idea behind this piece was to stay in the mid-century modern esthetic, but to take my own liberties where I saw fit. The sizing and sections are based on the clients existing record collection, with room to grow. The sections are split as follows: two drawers for 7" records, a middle section for a turntable on top and a receiver underneath.

Corner Detail
Here you can see the details on the 7" drawer, the big dovetails are a little hard to see once the finish was applied. The drawers are about 14" deep, leaving plenty of room for records. I mounted them on double undermount drawer slides to keep them sturdy.

Corner Detail
Here is a view of it with some records and components sitting in their place. With the record player recessed a bit you get a nice clean look on the top.

Corner Detail
As usual I try to have a picture of the peice before I put finish on it, it is always a dramatic transformation...

The front of the piece before I mounted the drawers.

This is a nice shot showing off the lines from the bottom. I really like the use of the mid-century style base on this to give the extra reveal on the bottom.

Back to Shelving...

Second Nature Design is run soley by Ed Challed. Ed is originally from Long Island NY and is a graduate from Syracuse University. After college he made his way to the Bay Area in California in order to pursue a career in the tech industry. He worked for many years doing web development, and after a large wave of outsourcing hit this industry and jobs were moved to India, Ed made his way up to Portland, Oregon. He has resided here for over five years and has been learning the skills of woodworking during this time. Ed works with a few basic goals; to use as much second hand materials as he can for a project, and to keep the concept of functionality in all of his art.

He spends time re-appropriating bits out of the scrap pile, doing his fair share of dumpster diving, and is continually on the lookout for inspiration and parts that fit the whole. Attempting to strictly use materials that are on their second or third life is an important part of the work process. Abundant resources have already been used to get materials to the consumer level initially, with their lives often cut short there is still great potential in what some might discard.

Though the concept of reuse in this capacity is nothing new, Ed hopes to intrigue and possibly stimulate others to creatively look at the potential of things around them. We have the capacity to make better use of the resources already tapped, and there is no time like now to do it.

Herein lies part of the ultimate solution to the new economy; think locally about your resources, get creative, and support your fellow craftsmen and community members.

If you have any ideas for projects please call or email. 503.860.3142 - info@secondnaturedesign-pdx.com

Thanks For Looking,

Ed Challed

For the time being my blog will be directed back to this site. After I really finished building out this site and get some more time I will begin the blog activity again. Thanks. -ed