Custom Retro Mid-century Modern Jukebox in action
Watch Kevin Mack demo his Ipod Jukebox liquor cabinet on the Woodcraft blog at the New England Home Show!
Kevin’s goal was to create mid-century modern piece in a new and inventive way. He sought to make a piece for the New England Home Show that would “catch your eye and your ear” – and this fine furniture-meets-liquor-storage-meets-amazing-sound-system is what emerged. His inspiration? An antique store television set.
As Kevin will tell you, it’s all about the wood. For this piece he used a choice piece of curly red oak, and the veneers include figured maple, and exotic woods like padauk and purpleheart, with stainless steel and silver leaf adornments.
The stereo system features a 100-watt amplifier and it includes a fully-functional iPod doc designed by an engineer in Kevin’s studio co-op. The result is an incredible hybrid between the retro jukebox look with a state-of-the-art-sound system, all remote controllable right from your iPod.
How did he do it?!
Kevin, like CustomMade colleague John Herbert, is a graduate of Boston’s historic North Bennet Street School. His training shows through the elegant turned feet, the likes of which you might see on an 18th c. chest of drawers in the Museum of Fine Arts.
Tommy Mac, coordinator of the Wood Expo, weighs in
“You have to respect anyone who’s willing to put it all on the table and really make a go at making furniture,” says Tommy MacDonald, Wood Expo 2011 coordinator and star of Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac.
“It’s really difficult to make a living out of making furniture. A lot of people think it’s a glamorous job, but it’s a lot of work…Making it’s the easy part. Selling it for what it’s worth is the challenge. That’s why I always tell people, you need to bid your work properly and you need to be out there in front of people…that’s what I’m trying to do here with this whole Wood Expo – I’m trying to reintroduce guys like Kevin to the people that are used to going to a home show. It comes down to the connection between the buyer and the artist…Almost all of us could make the same piece – it’s the connection with that individual Maker – and you have to really communicate with people.”