Originally we planned a top that would drop on; progress meetings landed on crown moulding. This required a 3/4 thick top with a solid stock edge, accomplished with a few clamps.
The crown was purchased locally and was quite dark. Fortunately the decision was to go with just varnish, so it all will darken eventually. There was considerable anxiety concerning the time involved, which boiled down to questions like they get at the ski slope: “When will it stop snowing?”
The lines of the crown drove a little bit of design echo into the base:
I designed the piece so the 3/4 backing for the TV section slid down from the top in dadoes in the bulkheads. This required a little fancy footwork inside the top, but it worked out fine. Reminiscent of putting bread in the toaster, and when a few screws were inserted everything got real strong real fast.
One concern as this developed was the gross weight of the cabinet. It contains 6 sheets of 3/4 cherry ply with the MDF substrate.
Fortunately the delivery was just up two porch steps and then straight in. We did it with platform dollies and never lifted more than half the weight of the piece. Thank you, Michael!
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"