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Project by Ellen posted 07-22-2007 12:14 AM 2928 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas, my husband and I gave each other a big screen TV. The only important thing though was that we had to build a cabinet for it as well as the components and speakers. By the time the holiday season was over, we had made the center cabinet that the TV sat on. And since then we have been building the balance of this unit.

This is made of African mahogany (I think). The face and the back is the solid wood. The balance is stained to match out of furniture grade plywood. The center of the doors is screen material and the speakers are behind them.

The real challenge was matching the stain and building the sides and top and have them all line up and work as a solid unit. I am really proud of the final result.

What do you think?

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 07-22-2007 01:32 AM

Very nice work indeed. You can be proud of this beautiful piece of funiture. Congratulations on the finished project!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 07-22-2007 02:24 AM

Execellent work and fantastic television. What a great picture. You and your husband did and outstanding job with the finish and stain.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 07-22-2007 03:21 AM

amazing…beautiful through and through…i like the lighting on top…nice touch.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 07-22-2007 04:06 AM

Beautiful Ellen. Masterfully done as usual. I recognize a couple of your pieces in there. Did you do the dolphin as well?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 07-22-2007 04:35 AM

Absolutely gorgeous…really nice work. I like the tansu style pulls a lot (at least that’s what they look like from here!).

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 07-22-2007 05:05 AM

Nice, very nice! Love the look and the color.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#8 posted 07-22-2007 05:08 AM

Wonderful. I would be proud to have it in my home.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 07-22-2007 02:03 PM

Beautifully done. Love the accent lighting and the crown molding.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 07-22-2007 04:11 PM

I thought it was one piece!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 07-22-2007 04:14 PM

Thanks so much for the feedback. The sculpture of the dolphin is a sculpture I purchased on a vacation years ago. It just fit there really well.

The lighting in this worked out really well. As you watch the TV, the lights are not shining in your eyes, just highlighting the wood grain.

Thanks again

-- Ellen --

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#12 posted 07-22-2007 05:04 PM

Beautiful work Ellen
I just bought a 52” television last month and i want to build a cabinet for mine also.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 07-22-2007 11:53 PM

Hi Ellen;

Very nice job, indeed.

I checked out your projects page, and I must say you do fine work!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 07-23-2007 09:30 PM

Really a great project. All of your work is just first class!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 07-27-2007 08:08 AM

What do I think?? Stunning! I had to go back and really scrutinize the pictures to see that this wasn’t a single unit. The wood is beautiful. I’m inspired by your work.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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