Flat panel TV cabinet

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Project by Sawdust4Blood posted 03-10-2010 11:11 AM 5169 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a collection of leftovers growing in my pile so I threw together this cabinet to enclose the flat panel wall mounted TV in my office. Truly a frankenstein with 5 different wood species. Finishing schedule was crystalac clear grain filler, red mahogany dye, 6 coats of amber shellac, 3 coats of gloss lacquer.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 03:13 PM

Nice work! This would be great for in the garage/shop to keep dust out when working!

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 03:24 PM

Very nice. I’ve been planning to build one of these for my office also. what are the dimensions?

-- Dean, Kinderhook, New York

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 03:31 PM

I’ve wondered for a long time why we dont see more of these. looks great!

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 05:11 PM

Cool cabinet Greg

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 06:46 PM

Your cabinet looks Very good and it is hard to tell that it is made from wod scraps. Those wood scraps come in very handy for many projects.
I built a TV cabinet for a small TV outside by our pool…using cypress and oak scraps. I also built my router table cabinet out of scraps of oak, walnut and hickory…with a few pieces of 3/4” birch ply scraps in the mix.
I am in the process of building a 6’x2’x2’ cutoff bin in my shop to organize all the scrap pieces that I feel will come in handy for such projects

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 08:52 PM

@hornhunter: mine is 22×37 x 7 but obviously the dimensions are primarily a function of your TV. IMO if you stick close to the golden ratio of 1.6:1 and your TV fits, you should come up with a fairly pleasing cabinet. If mine were much larger, I probably would have gone with a four panel folding door set to avoid having ackwardly large doors. Basic cabinet carcass with face frame construction.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#7 posted 03-11-2010 01:19 AM

Hey Sawdust,
Sweet job and great finish.

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#8 posted 03-11-2010 05:20 AM

Very nice!! I’ve been contemplating one of these for my flat screen! Did you incorporate heat vents in the top panel? If so, I’d like to see your design!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 03-11-2010 12:18 PM

Matt: I didn’t put heat vents in mine because this particular TV gets very little use and only for short periods of time (one of the reasons I wanted to get it out of view), it is also in a room where the ambient temperate is on the cool side, and it is an LCD that doesn’t generate a lot of heat when on. So I opted to aid ventilation by adding a couple of spare inches on the sides (where the heat vents are on my TV) rather than vents in the cabinet. However, if you wanted to add heat vents in the top it would be easy. Due to the height the TV was already mounted on the wall, only a giant standing near the wall would ever see the top of my cabinet. Subsequently, the top is not a flat panel but rather a fascia wrapped around the top edge of the cabinet. You could easily cut or drill vents in the top behind the fascia and they would be invisible once on the wall. Of course this is dependent on an installation that is high enough on the wall.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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