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Custom Work

Yes, we do custom work.  And we can ship anywhere on the planet. See customer stain color photos below.

We can make stereo cabinets, entertainment centers, wide screen television cabinets, CD DVD cabinets, bookcases, complete wall systems, and widescreen tv cabinets—any kind of cabinet you’d like. Even specialized cabinets like LP or reel-to-reel. Unique collectible or display cabinets.

We love a challenge.  And our purpose-built factory is equipped for it.  Our main wood saw is nineteen feet square!

We can produce your designs in any kind of wood, and from our 42 years of experience, we have contacts for sourcing just about anything.

We can do custom colors in the Minwax Wood Finish palette. The oil finishes on oak yield our most beautiful wood tone shades. Remember that your request for a stain finish on maple will be lighter because the base wood is almost white after fresh sanding. The water based stains offer a wider selection of wood tones and a rainbow of colors. And speaking of color any latex or enamel you've found is an option.  Just tell us what you want.

We color, sand, and color again. The final clear topcoat is from Greenlight Coatings, a professional epoxy acrylate satin gloss.  We flash cure it with ultraviolet light.  It’s an exceptionally durable, solvent-free, no-emission finish.

Regular cabinets ordered through this web site are usually finished and ready to ship in about two weeks. Turnaround on custom pieces is usually one month.  Custom colors take a little bit longer. 

For custom work, we’ll quote you a price that includes shipping.  We can delay a ship, hit a target arrival date, and ship signature required. There's an illustrated hardware checklist in the carton along with easy assembly instructions online.  We’re here to support you as you set up.

Here are some examples of our custom work along with some customer comments: 

maple dvd cabinet with Minwax Cherry stain and black shelves.Maple with Minwax Cherry stain and black shelves full of DVD's.

Here's a custom DVD cabinet in maple with Minwax Cherry stain and True Black shelves.


sc1953 in Minwax Golden Oak

Here's our SC1952 finished in a Minwax Golden Oak on red oak. The shelves are 18 inches wide for typical modern home theater components. The slide extends 16 3/4 inches clear of the cabinet.


SC2248 with Minwax Gunstock on oak stain and clear glass. Slide shelf can be set at any height.

Tom's SC2248 Gunstock stain on Maple with clear glass doors.

Tom's SC2248 Gunstock stain on Maple with clear glass doors. Complements the room!


A Minwax Pickled Oak entertainment center. (SC2248 with gray glass doors)


Hinged clear glass top entertainment center with Minwax Golden Oak Finish. We can put this top on any of our cabinets.

SC1950 entertainment center with clear gray top & doors clear satin on oak.SC1950 entertainment center with open clear glass top & doors clear satin on oak.

SC1950 entertainment center with gray glass top and doors in natural oak with clear satin topcoat.

SC2230G. Clear glass top and doors in Minwax English Chestnut.SC2230G entertainment center. Open clear glass top and doors in Minwax English Chestnut.

SC2230G entertainment center. Clear glass top and doors in Minwax English Chestnut.


Glass top SC2230 with clear glass finished with Minwax Golden Oak stain.


BC1372 oak bookcase in Minwax Golden oak filled with 45's and LP's next to a working jukebox! 


Brenda's slat door oak and walnut cabinet with a Golden Pecan stain. Slide out top shelf.


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Vintage restored typewriters displayed in an SC2260 Maple with clear glass doors.

Second photo shows LED lights added. Dramatic!



Minwax Green Tea finished entertainment center. This joyful color shipped up to a Canadian home in a wonderful apartment.


Billy's Marine Blue SC2224 goes well with his speakers!


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This is Dave's SC2248 finished in Red Mahogany. Handsome!

SC2260 audio cabinet with wood framed doors

Captain Bob's SC2260 audio cabinet with oak framed glass doors.

 Oak wall system finished in Minwax Red Oak. Solid oak doors, gray glass doors, adjustable & sliding shelves.One piece wall system to be completely finished in Minwax Red Oak on oak. Hopefully I'll get a complete finished photo from John!

White custom 60 wide low audio cabinet


Semi-gloss white latex on maple custom 60 wide audio cabinet. Left panel held by magnets!



This is a maple SC2248 with a custom door with walnut. General Finishes Antique Oak stain.  

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57 inch wide entertainment center in ebony with three 18 inch wide bays.

It's hard to see but there is a pull out shelf on the left for an LP player. Compliments the 60" screen.

SC2248 with drawers on top and door finished in Minwax Sedona Red.

SC2260 with gray glass flanked by SC2248's with drawers and a door all finished in Minwax Sedona Red.


custom unfinished oak 28x90 DVD cabinet. Decibel Designs hand built.

This pair of unfinished oak 28 x 90 high DVD cabinets will display a significant library!

Electric blue SCDW33 using blue lightbulbs. (805) 331-8506 (text friendly)Electric blue SCDW33 (805) 331-8506 (text friendly)

Room lit with blue light bulbs! SCDW33 entertainment center in electric blue.

 Eight foot high bookcases and LP lowboy in Minwax Golden Oak stain.

8 foot high bookcases and LP cabinet in Minwax Golden Oak stain. Local installation, but does easily ship as a kit!


SCDW2233 double wide entertainment center with gray glass finished with Minwax True Black 274.

Extra clear coats on the top and sides really makes a difference!


This is a top detail of an entertainment center we made finished in Minwax Gunstock Oak. It's sized for a large vintage Kenwood reciever collection.

Black oak SC2230 audio cabinet with gray glass doors.

Dave's black oak SC2230 with gray glass doors.


Maple cabinet with General Finishes Antique Oak stain and genuine cross banded walnut slide doors makes a handsome LP cabinet.


This is an Oak cabinet we made for a customer who wanted it to double as a room divider.  It was his design.


This is an unfinished oak DVD bookcase we made for a San Francisco apartment. It needed to fit in a certain spot. She was so happy with the result, we ended up making quite a few cabinets for her.


This is an oak stereo cabinet with a black satin finish we made for a client with a collection of vintage Sony receivers and components. We had to make it extra large because those early Sony's were mammoth!  They're still beautiful, though, and still producing exceptional sound.  Here's what the customer had to say: "The new cabinet arrived with zero damage. Everything looks great, and I'm digging the black finish. I'm thrilled!"


This is a six-foot high SC2272 entertainment center finished in Minwax Gunstock Oak. The pigments in the stain have a nice balance of red and brown. The summer and winter grains on the oak contrast nicely. All the exposed edges were capped with solid oak so we could do our trademark rounded edge.


This unfinished maple bookcase is eight feet tall. We can make them even taller, although it's more economical shipping-wise to make stacking units. After we took this picture, we sanded it to a bright white and gave it a beautiful clear satin finish.


Here's a maple lowboy bookcase with adjustable shelves and a clear satin finish we made for the same San Francisco apartment mentioned above.


Here's maple bookcase number two for the same San Francisco apartment. It's bigger and sits in the same room with the bookcase above. 


This is BC1330 black on oak with a satin finish. I apologize for the reflections. Light streams into our factory through the clear overhead skylights, which makes photography a challenge!


Here are two custom maple stereo cabinets for each side of a customers fireplace niches. There are custom cut outs in the backs for her pre-wired sound system. A Minwax Gel Stain would have yielded a more even stain coat on maple...but this is the color she wanted! What you see is our best effort and a perfect satin top coat, as always! We are here to serve.


This is a SC2248 in maple with our standard clear satin finish and hard rock maple edging. The contrast with the black stereo components is nice.


This is our SC2230 in a Minwax Ebony stain with satin gloss top coat. The summer grain is a very dark brown, while the dominant winter graining is black. I love the nice organic finish, which shows off the natural wood grain beautifully. In fact,  liked it so much, I added this piece in this finish to our product line. Imagine pairing this finish with our gray tint glass!


Here's the SCDW33 in Minwax Golden Oak with satin top coat. A wide flat screen TV would go on top nicely or can be wall mounted above. There's plenty of storage for an extensive home theater entertainment center.

SC2230 entertainment center with clear finish on oak.

Steve's SC2230 entertainment center with clear finish on oak. His receiver fits perfect!



This is the SC2272 in maple with a clear satin finish. All the edging is in quarter sawn hard rock maple with some figuring and flame in the grain. Nice! Maple like this is a standard selection of our entire line. 


Here's a bookcase wall system in maple with a toe kick to raise the back above the base board trim for a flush wall mount with discrete right angle brackets.  I made this for my good friend, Charmaine, who's also one of my best customers.  She loves sea birds as you can see. (pun intended!) 

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This is a customer photo of a pair of maple entertainment centers finished in Minwax Golden Oak stain. They have matching single glass doors which are shown open.


This is a 72-inch high x 40-inch wide maple DVD cabinet we made in midwestern soft maple to fit a specific spot in an apartment. The customer was delighted! We added a middle divider to eliminate any shelf sag risk. The edge banding is hard rock maple with some figure because it ends up quarter sawn. The back is luan plywood.


Here's 36-inch wide by 30-inch tall cabinet for a record collection.  It's finished in Minwax Golden Oak with clear satin top coat. This will match the stereo cabinet the customer bought from us previously. It's low enough to fit under a window. Here's what the customer had to say:  "I received the record cabinet yesterday and assembled it last night. It went together fine and it looks great. Thanks very much!"


Here we did a single door pane in gray tint for a 53-inch high stereo cabinet. It has black hinges and a magnetic touch latch. It works beautifully, and there were no issues with shipping it. Consider this door when ordering!


We did the this 27-inch high model SC2224 stereo rack in a hand rubbed Minwax light walnut stain that accents the summer and winter grains nicely.


Here's a black oak stereo rack with gray tint tempered glass doors. It's 45-inch high x 19.5-inches deep x 21-inches wide. The customer requested three shelves for a Macintosh system. I bet it sounds real nice!


This is our regular BC772 DVD bookcase in maple finished with Minwax Sedona Red and full length gray glass doors with all black hardware.


Here's a black oak SC1953 stereo component rack we finished with a satin lacquer top coat.




Here's a custom 19 1/2" wide by 45" high stereo in black oak with a satin lacquer top coat.

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Customer photo of side by side BC772 DVD bookcases in Minwax Golden Oak finish.

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Customer photo of a custom entertainment center built for a vintage component collection. The figure from the quarter sawn edge banding really pops!

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Here's a custom black entertainment center we built living in it's new home.

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An SC2224 with a Natural Minwax finish on oak hosting a nice small sound system.

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 Dark walnut triple wide DVD cabinet adjustable shelves and base trim. This will make an attractive installation!

62hx70w natural maple triple wide DVD cabinet with adjustable shelves

Triple wide natural maple DVD cabinet with header and base trim.


Custom double wide DVD bookcase 42W x 58H in Natural Oak. Wide base for stability.

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 SC2224 finished in Minwax Charcoal Gray. Looks fantastic!

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One of two different sized custom bookcase swivels built for a retired Hollywood screenwriter. His house was full of intriguing custom furniture he'd collected over the years. Minwax Gunstock finish.

 3 stacked SC2230 in Minwax Red Mahogany by

3 stacked SC2230 stereo cabinets finished in Red Mahogany. You can really see the quarter sawn grain figure in the solid wood edge banding! Gorgeous.

Bowfront black stereo cabinet with faceted sides by

Bow front black stereo cabinet with faceted sides and black glass. Very fun to create and a challenge. You can see it came out great. Client fitted the cabinet with a thermostatic fan as well. Nice! A further neat trick would have been curved glass!!

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84" high by 48" wide double bookcase. Shown without shelves prior to finishing.

A group of 4 SC2272 maple with a single glass door with locks by

A group of 4 SC2272 in maple with single gray glass doors with locks. Custom base. These were beautifully finished with a very even custom matched blood red finish. Sorry no photo of the finished group!

 SCDW2245 gray glass with golden oak finish by

 SCDW2245 with gray glass doors entertainment center. Room for a lot of stereo components with a widescreen on top or on the wall.

 Simple black reel to reel cabinets about 6 feet tall.

 Simple black cabinets for rack mounted stereo components. 

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A SC2248 finished in Minwax Gunstock. I didn't attach the base trim because it was due to be shipped.

Black reel to reel tape cabinet with clear glass doors.

Black on oak reel to reel cabinet with clear glass doors. 8 inches behind doors x 40 inches tall.

60 inch high by 23 inch wide LP cabinet with closed glass doors decibeldesigns.com60 inch high by 23 inch wide LP cabinet with glass doors open full of LP's. decibeldesigns.com60 inch high by 23 inch wide LP cabinet with glass doors. 

Carmen had me build the above 60" high LP cabinet. These are his photos and note;
I wanted to tell you that I received your cabinet on Thursday of last week (a day ahead of the scheduled delivery) and assembled it within 24 hours.  Everything was very straightforward and the construction went smoothly.  I am more than pleased with the results.  I did add some felt padding on 1 x 2 planks that I glued under the base (running from front to back) which allow me to slide it along my hardwood floor without damage to either the cabinet or floor.  This took an extra day in allowing the glue to fully dry.  And then there was another day to transfer the records into the cabinet.  I attached photos of the cabinet with and without records and with the doors both open and closed.  I think it looks really nice, and so does my wife --- which is a tribute to your work! Smile
    So again, thank you for your efforts, I will highly recommend you to anyone interested in having custom cabinets made to order.
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 Cort had me build this black SC2272 entertainment center for all his components. You know he's tall when he puts his LP player on the top shelf!
72 inch high black oak with clear glass door entertainment center all vintage Sony components!
Gary is another tall guy! See the LP player on top? 72" high black oak with clear glass door entertainment center shows off all the vintage Sony components. Museum quality!
Black 72 inch high entertainment center
Here's Gary's black oak 72" entertainment center with a nifty reel to reel added at the bottom.
 Entertainment center 45H x 22D in oak with glass doors. Finished in Minwax Provincial stain.
Entertainment center 45H x 22D in oak with open glass doors. Finished in Minwax Provincial stain.
Entertainment center SC2245 double wide in Minwax provincial stain oak with gray glass doors.
Shelves are set at 13 inches for large LP collection.
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8 foot tall maple entertainment center with 15" depth bookcase on top.
These will be clear finished and installed on the left side of the fireplace.
8 foot tall maple bookcase 6 feet wide
8 foot tall by 6 foot wide maple bookcase. 
This will also get a clear finish and be installed on the right side of the fireplace.
 Custom double wide DVD bookcase in Natural Oak 42W x 58H
Custom double wide DVD cabinet in Natural Oak 42W x 58H. Deep base for stability.
Unfinished oak horizontal storage DVD & CD cabinet. Shelves to be added.
This is Joey's Cjun Cave with our SC1953 with smoke glass doors under the widescreen tv.
He asked for a True Black finish which came out great! 
He said; "The Cajun Cave is looking great with the new addition. 
I am so glad I found your website and bought an American made quality product.
WHO DAT!!!!!  Thanks Peter,  Joey".
Maple swivel with Minwax Colonial Maple stain. It really came out nice and Barrington loves it!
Model SC2230 with Golden Oak stain. That's a great movie soundtrack playing!
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Here's an ensemble custom painted with a Kelly-Moore color. Nice!
Here's a SC2230 in Ebony giving a vintage Marantz receiver a good home.
Matt's SC2248 entertainment center in Gunstock stain complements his speakers!
Note the slide-out for his LP player and the locks. Nice.