I'm going to be building an entertainment center next. For the doors that
will be in front of the receiver/DVD player/etc. (cause wife doesn't want to
see them) I want to put a decorative grill on them. That way the doors can
remain closed and I can still use the remote control through them. Rockler
has a limited selection and can't find much on the other suppliers. Does
anyone know of a really good supplier for this? I'm not sure if we're
going to use brass or a silver type, but wanted to show my wife some
You may not need a grill at all. There are small sensors that can be
plugged into equipment to allow total hiding of your units. For my
theater room I decided to have open shelving for all my components to
maximize cooling (amps can generate a LOT of heat and fans can be
noisy). Also think about how to neatly manage all the wiring yet
allow for future changes.
Instead of a grill, you could use an infrared "repeater" to relay the
IR signal from your remote from the outside to the inside of your
There's lots available, but here's a start:
I buy punched aluminum panels at my local hardware store and Home
Depot, for radiator covers. They usually have 8-10 styles. The stock
at the hardware store is usually in better condition.
My HD keeps this stuff near the suspended ceiling materials.
If you make the screen material non-structural, you can use just about
anything you'd want. Window screen (if that fits your style), fabric,
paper, cardboard, etc. You could even get something like fencing or
Look around at your local hardware/home improvment stores and see if
anything catches your eye. Don't worry about what it is, or what color
it is if it can be painted.
Marching to the beat of a different drum is great... unless you're in
I'm in the process of doing exactly the same thing. I want to also
allow the equipment to cool passively, so I chose to use speaker cloth
in the frame instead of a raised panel. I'll just mount the cloth to a
hardboard frame and affix it. The remotes will work through that.
I got my speaker cloth here:
You are in luck, Jack. I don't readily share my sources, but what-the-
heck, it's Christmas.
There are dozens of metal products available from your yellow pages,
but the cool stuff is harder to come by.
Some of the Mellotone products can be stained and finished to your
The Phifertex products are much stronger but not as artsy. (I used
black Phifertex screen for my road-worthy loudspeaker boxes. Even
drunk roadies couldn't kick in the grilles.) Their products are also
wonderful for outdoor projects.
Both of these sources are great for future references.
*I have no affiliation with either of these wonderful companies, other
than as a satisfied and regular customer*
I'm really wanting a metal type of mesh. Kinda like Chicken wire but a
little more elegant maybe. Cooling wont be a problem I've designed that
into the cabinet. Also, the type of receiver I have runs exceptionally
cool. The wife and I have both agreed on a wire mesh type front inside the
frame of the door in place of the raised panel.
All that has been done-to-death. What about taking some wicker-weave
and spraying it with a silvery/coppery metal paint and then clear
coating it? I'm sorry, but every time I see another door with chicken
wire in it, I'm going to hurl.
But hey! LOL, we all have different taste, and I've been told that I
don't think like other people......*sigh*
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