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My oldest son knows that I like to take old furniture apart and salvage what I can for future wood working projects. He had an old second hand entertainment center that was too small to hold a big flat screen TV so he asked if I would like to have it.
After I took the doors off, removed all the hardware, and slid out the drawers, I had an idea………..

Maybe, just maybe………

What’s the worst that could happen?......

So I removed the top and the interior shelf…..

Grabbed my Circular Saw Guide, and then made some very careful measurements…....

And just cut that baby right in half!

I then set the top back on and slid the drawers back in and took this picture to send to him.

He immediately responded with his approval!
There are still some spots that will require some finish to be applied and I have to come up with a way to attach the top, but for the most part, it’s done.
Now he doesn’t have to buy a new stand for the TV and I still have some salvaged wood for my ever growing collection.
And, I had a lot of fun doing it!

Thanks for looking!

Chem

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.





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Sylvain

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#1 posted 05-09-2018 06:32 PM

excellent.
As big screen might be heavy, I would place a divider in the middle again to prevent sagging of the top .

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#2 posted 05-09-2018 06:47 PM

Nice!

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#3 posted 05-09-2018 07:57 PM

Looks good! Kept it out of the landfill and you got some goodies too.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#4 posted 05-09-2018 08:41 PM

good job. https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_full_w525/public/assets/images/woodscience_illustration2.jpg?itok=LML8KESd

hope that link will show you how to do little wooden clips to attach the top

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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fivecodys

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#5 posted 05-09-2018 09:10 PM



excellent.
As big screen might be heavy, I would place a divider in the middle again to prevent sagging of the top .

- Sylvain

Thank you Sir!
There is actually a divider that goes there. I just didn’t attach it when I took the picture.
There is also a rail that runs the length of the front that is not shown.
The top is almost 2” thick. I stood on it and it hardly moved.
This thing is a beast. It took 4 of us to unload it from the truck.

Thank you for your kind comments,

Chem

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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fivecodys

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#6 posted 05-09-2018 09:12 PM



good job. https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_full_w525/public/assets/images/woodscience_illustration2.jpg?itok=LML8KESd

hope that link will show you how to do little wooden clips to attach the top

- triviasteve

This was my first thought as well but there is not much room, due to the shelf, to get in there and tighten the screws up. Maybe if I had a right angle attachment for my drill?....

Thank you for your response!

Chem

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#7 posted 05-09-2018 11:09 PM

Excellent idea on making use of what you had/ have to get the results you wanted…..On attaching the top (from the pictures you posted), I’d use figure 8’s…..all the away around it, if the sides are at least 3/4” thick or thicker…I use them all the time to attach tops to things like sofa tables, end tables, etc. Just take a 3/4” Forstner bit and drill down about 1/8” and attach them to the rails and legs….Turn it upside down, center the top on the unit, and attach the other half of the figure 8’s to the top….If you don’t know what figure 8”s are, Google them, or look at Woodworkers Supply or other supply places….Hope this helps with your situation….Easy peasy..nice and easy…!!

NOTE: When you Google up figure 8’s, it’ll show images on how to attach them to the frame and top….!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#8 posted 05-09-2018 11:21 PM

Good catch!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 05-09-2018 11:43 PM

Chem , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 05-09-2018 11:45 PM



Chem , nice job and congratulations on your Daily Top 3 award.

- Grumpy

Thanks Grumpy!

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#11 posted 05-09-2018 11:55 PM

You gave it a new life ! Quite the transformation. Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 05-10-2018 01:07 AM

I like that.

-- Jeff NJ

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#13 posted 05-10-2018 01:21 AM

Nice save…

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 05-10-2018 01:39 AM

Great save!

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#15 posted 05-10-2018 05:05 AM

Ingenious, well done

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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