22nd Aug, 2017
e-touch software, Wedding DJ

I've always thought it would be cool to have a permanent multimedia station for music and videos when entertaining guests. When Laura and I were discussing our music plans for our wedding it proved to be the perfect opportunity to learn some woodworking and build what I always wanted! This also would prove a little cheaper than hiring a DJ and we'd ensure the songlist would be exactly what we wanted. Plus then we'd have a banging sound system to use at home!

I had a few challenges with this project, mostly on the construction side but I'm pleased with the results. I've even transported it to use at another wedding and it was a big hit! First up are the project requirements and cost of materials:

  • Must be self contained, no externally connected peripherals
  • Design must be easy to move and can fit into a corner
  • Clear sound, low distortion at high volume
  • Clean intuative user interface
  • Low latency wireless microphone
  • Silent operation when not in use
  • Live TV
  • Webcam integration

Build List

  • Processor/Motherboard combo - ASRock J3455M Intel Quad-Core Processor J3455 - $64.99
  • RAM - 4GB DDR3 1600 - $28.89
  • Power - 300W Mini ITX Power Supply - $34.99
  • Storage - Kingston 240GB SSD - $94.99
  • Monitor - 22" Touch Screen 1080p Planar Monitor - $99
  • Network - Netgear PCI wifi adapter - $11.99
  • Power switch - $1.99
  • Volume Control - Griffen Powermate - $19.99
  • Replacement fan for power supply - Noctura 40mm A-series - $13.99
  • Lifetime e-touch Jukebox software - $30
  • 4x 3/4" Pine Plywood Project Panels - $100
  • 4x locking cabinet wheels - $8
  • Wood stain - $15
  • Various screws and hardware - $15
  • 2x Pure Acoustics 5" bookshelf speakers - $114.00
  • 2x 150W Dayton Audio Amplifier - $158.99
  • Alpine 10" Subwoofer - $49.99
  • Subwoofer ported enclosure - $42.00
  • Wireless Microphone and receiver - $41.95

Building the Frame:
Having little exposure to woodworking, I was excited to learn a new skill which comes at the cost of making many, many mistakes. After getting some inspiration looking online as some similar jukebox/media centers I decided on a chest-level tabletop design that would fit in a corner. The frame would have three shelves, the bottom to hold the subwoofer and audio components, a middle shelf to house the PC components, and then the top shelf to set the touch-screen monitor and drinks. Since all three shelves needed to line up with the same frame, the first challenge was to build two boxes on top of each other that share a common ceiling/floor.

Contact Details

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