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Project by billb posted 1532 days ago 1281 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife didn’t want the TV visible in the living room except when being watched so we designed a cabinet to house it. She wanted something that matched our colors yet seemed old and worn. I built this unit, distressed it with a chain, ball peen hammer, and an awl and then she painted it. It’s painted a color called Cabin Red. She followed that with an application of some black highlights using a dry brush and finally used a light turquoise color to trim it out.

I made a mistake while building it and I thought that sharing it might be helpful to others. I like concealed euro hinges and decided to use them on this cabinet. I needed the doors to open 180 degrees so they wouldn’t obstruct viewing so I used 170 degree euro hinges. Everything worked and looked fine when I finished except that the TV could not be pulled out because couldn’t get past the bulk of the hinges even when the doors were wide open.

I had to switch to small, black butt hinges to complete the job properly. I am going to plug the holes that I drilled for the euro hinges but I put a little black paint in them so the mistake would be obvious for this picture.

Normally, I would build a cabinet like this with doors that open into the cabinet and out of site. However, because of the size of the TV, the width of the wall, and the depth available because of the fireplace, the cabinet could not be built large enough to accommodate the extra internal space needed for door storage.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas, http://woodworking-business.com





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richgreer

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#1 posted 1532 days ago

Nice job. I’m guessing you used pine for this.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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billb

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#2 posted 1532 days ago

Thanks Rich, you’re right. The unit was built of plain white pine from Home Depot except for the interior shelves that were made of 3/4 inch birch plywood.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas, http://woodworking-business.com

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CampD

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#3 posted 1532 days ago

Nice job, I always do the same thing when tring something new, leason leared I guess
This project is on m todo list, have a design ready, but TV I designed it for went to its final resting place.
Waiting to buy new TV before I make sawdust for one.

-- Doug...

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Rick

6455 posts in 1634 days


#4 posted 1532 days ago

Knockout Color Scheme! Congrats to your Wife. Thanks for posting the deatails of your “Mistake”. I somtimes substitue the word “Rehearsal”. Both of those words constitute “Learning”.

I see what you mean about the Doors being Wider than the Depth of the Cabinet. Not sure what “Doors opening into the Cabinet” means for sure.

I’ve never used them, but are you reffering to the Hinge/Slide combination that allows the doors to open then they slide down the sides and into the Cabinet? Well? Probably not enough clearance for them either i.e. thickness of the door + space necessary to accomodate the Hinge/Slide + some clearance.

Oh well. See what “Mistakes” do? They get us thinking about “Solutions” and that’s a GOOD THING!!

Thanks for Posting.

Rick

PS: Welcome to Lumber Jocks Bill

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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billb

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#5 posted 1532 days ago

Thanks Rick. It works out great, my wife has a designer’s eye and I then execute her ideas. As to the doors, I was referring to the pocket doors that slide into pockets created within a cabinet. This works great for TV cabinets if you have the room for it because the doors are out of sight when watching TV.

I did several cabinets using these doors several years ago and one of them can be seen on one of my sites at: http://woodworkdoctor.com/modules.html . Fortunately, they bring clear instructions for installation. I used the Blum brand but Accuride makes a good one also.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas, http://woodworking-business.com

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billb

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#6 posted 1532 days ago

CampD, that’s smart, waiting until you get the TV. The flat screens make things somewhat easier because they are so shallow but they are also much wider. Anyway, I think they give you more flexibility since the cabinet doesn’t have to be so deep.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas, http://woodworking-business.com

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1531 days ago

Unique entertainment center

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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