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Bah, Ikea, you win again.
Bah. Ended up scrapping my pitiful plans to build a set of stands for the front speakers and going with an Ikea shelf (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29871804/). Having something that'll be adjustable and actually stable and straight (heh) (and not made out of badly hand cut 2x4s) seems to be worth the extra few dollars it costs.

Total cost: $90+ :(

Oh well, the shelves will double nicely as shelves for other things.

I do wonder if I invested in a set of power tools, I'd be able to do better. In terms of powered tools, I currently have a cheap jigsaw and a power drill.

I've been eyeing a belt sander (??) and a circular saw (at least $40). The latter would let me make slightly cleaner cuts than a hand saw + miter box. Or a miter saw, which I had the pleasure of using back in Black Maskers. Oh, those made cutting 2x4s so bloody easy. They're at least $90 though, and they're limited to 2x4s and other straight things, and I wouldn't be able to use it to cut sheets of wood (which the circular saw will do for me).

I've been spending way too much on this sound system, really. Granted, most of it was the AV receiver which was paid for with the accumulated $300 cash back on my Discover Card over the course of 2+ years. ($300 => $400 cruchfield gift certificates.) The 7.1 Onkyo speaker set was on Amazon for about $200, used via Amazon Warehouse. (5% cash back via Chase Freedom though). The left and right speakers are going on broken halogen lamps that I've repurposed for this - pretty nifty - the wiring can run inside the halogen lamp bodies. So aside from the gas (<5 mi@44 mpg) spent picking up the lamps, they were free. The back left and back right speakers will go on the wall for now. I have a friend offering me more lamps, but I haven't gotten them yet, and I'm also not entirely sure they're the right type of lamps yet.

And I'm finally using the aluminum screen / mesh I got a long time ago. It'll be covering the speaker screens, so the kitties can't shred the speaker screens. Hopefully. I imagine I can't prevent claw pricks, but hopefully the material will prevent major shredding.

Hm. I'm rambling. It's been a while since I've done this, I guess.
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porsupah From: porsupah Date: March 18th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could always enquire of momentrabbit for his musings on what tools would be best to pick up first - not a local fur, unfortunately, but power tools in Canadia are much the same. =:)

<5 mi@44 mpg

Ah, but that 44mpg is going to be for sustained use once running - my understanding is that usage from cold is much worse, though I'd welcome clarification on that point.

Money spent on audio equipment is seldom wasted. Even at the high end, you really can hear a difference, but then you're looking at multiple thousands - but gods, the rendition I heard on the system of a friend of a friend, who works with the maker of the amplifier to tweak their kit to nigh perfection, of Helium Vola's "Liod" on SACD. It was quite amazing. The voices genuinely seemed real, and that's virtually impossible to accomplish. (The iTunes version through my headphones is strongly reminiscent, but.. no, not the same =:)

Metal screening sounds like a good solution - cloth mesh would only snag on claws, thereby designating it as the perfect claw sharpener medium. See, bunnies are much better behaved than that. =:)

Well, okay, we do reserve the right to examine your cabling for tastiness.
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