One of the final loose ends in my shop reorganization was finding a place for the stereo. It’s three stacked components, an old garage-sale find, but it works and allows me to plug in my iPod. The only suitable spot I could find was on top of my wall cabinets. I can j-u-s-t reach the volume control, but not the power switch. So I decided I needed an on/off switch that was easier to reach. Hmmm, how to do this creatively without spending any money? Digging through my junk drawer produced a switch and timer salvaged from an old coffee maker (see, I knew I’d find a use for it), and a female replacement plug for an electrical cord. The scrap bin yielded some mahogany. After milling the lumber to size, cutting box joints, and mounting the electronics, here’s what I had.
Take away the box joints and it looks like something Jack Bauer would rig up on “24″. Turning the switch on supplies power to the plug, where the stereo will be plugged in. After assembly and a couple coats of varnish, here’s the nearly finished switch. (It’s been sanded lightly in anticipation of one more coat of varnish.)
Mitering the trim around the bezel was tricky. With such small pieces, I couldn’t use the chop saw or table saw. Instead, I took the head from my combination square and layed it on a piece of scrap plywood. Then I placed a trim piece against the angled portion of the head, and used the adjacent face of the head to guide my handsaw. Perfect miters!
This will sit on a bench below the stereo, and has the added benefit of providing a digital clock in the shop. Now I need to find a reason to use the timer to turn on the stereo at a specific time. To celebrate the completion of my coffee-machine-controlled stereo, I put together a special (and quite eclectic) playlist for the iPod. Feel free to add your suggestions.
Strange Brew (Cream)
One Toke Over the Line (Brewer & Shipley)
Black Coffee in Bed (Squeeze)
Starfish & Coffee (Prince)
One More Cup of Coffee (Bob Dylan)
Cigarettes & Coffee (Otis Redding)
You’re So Vain (Carly Simon) (“I had some dreams there were clouds in my coffee…”)
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