Outdoor Kitchen cabinet / Drop down TV / Entry Door

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Project by Chauffeur posted 09-06-2016 03:21 AM 2592 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year, we finally added a covered porch to the home we’ve lived in for the past 10 years.

The ceiling is clear pine tongue and groove bead board. Used a conditioner to prevent blotching, applied some cherry dye, and then topped with several coats of an water based satin exterior poly. The boards were finished before installation. The install took several weekends; primarily due to the height of the ceiling.

The outdoor cabinet and the back door are both white oak. For stability purposes, rift cut was used for the door. Used the same conditioner and dye again, but both of these were topped with a marine grade spar varnish (as they will be exposed to the elements). The counter top is a piece of granite that I found on one of those by and sell apps. It was originally someone’s kitchen island; the cabinet was sized to the granite to avoid milling charges.

The drop down TV is basically a drawer (with slides) driven by a linear actuator. Cable management was a bit of a challenge, but all is hidden in the self contained unit. A switch just outside of the backdoor initiates the opening and closing. The door to right of the TV is merely an access closet.

First time for me to build a entrance door, use a dye (instead of stain), and make some bead board (cabinet only). The next project is building some plantation shutters for the inside of the door.

Still need to build or buy a couple of bar stools….

-- Dave, Texas

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#1 posted 09-06-2016 05:51 AM

That’s super nice looking. I might have to try that dye technique. Yours is awesome looking.

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#2 posted 09-06-2016 10:41 AM

beautiful, that reeks of comfort and enjoyment

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 09-06-2016 11:47 AM

Very Nice!

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#4 posted 09-06-2016 02:33 PM

This should be top 3 for sure

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#5 posted 09-06-2016 03:21 PM

That is exceptionally nice work. You’ve created a great space!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 09-06-2016 09:02 PM

Definitely a great looking outdoor living area you’ve made! I’ll bet you really get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment being out there!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 09-06-2016 09:39 PM

Awesome job.

I live in Texas and didn’t know where you lived at first but when I saw the photos I said to myself – brick color, fence, limestone, wood – this guy has gotta be in Texas. Looked at your profile. Yep.

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#8 posted 09-06-2016 10:21 PM

Unfortunately the weather where I live wouldn’t allow me to do anything like this and have it last more than a few years but wow! What a great job and a wonderful outdoor space you created to enjoy on those nice summer days, great job!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#9 posted 09-07-2016 01:05 AM

Nice job!

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#10 posted 09-07-2016 07:00 AM

Beautiful cabinet. You have some very nice terrce outthere.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-07-2016 06:39 PM

damb dave you killed it,that is just a gorgeous patio area,and i love your tv drop down very clever and secure from weather or theft.great 5 star job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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