Fireplace Entertainment Center Nightmare with Sweet Dream Endings

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Project by Moron posted 01-03-2011 07:45 AM 2885 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It started out simple enough, just clear glass on melamine cabinets with melamine platforms seperating the three main components os the center being the upper TV, the center fireplace, and the lower audio visual equipment. ..........................but things change.

The glass was changed to rain glass, four doors, two covering the TV and 2 covering the audio equipment but in pratical application of said glass dorrs they consumed the room when they opened thus the bifold doors. Thin glass breaks and it was decided that it should be tempered which brought us to a “hinge” challenge so we decided the big bold look of stainless steel shower door hardware would look nice but that hardware only works on 9ml glass or thicker… why not use rain glass?...........and temper it.

melamine wouldnt take the weight of the glass so the core was changed to plywood, painted black with hidden hardwood structure. We decided to use a suttle ? leapord fur plastic laminate on the exterior. The melamine platforms that seperate the 3 components were changed to stainless steel and we cheated a bit by using SS plastic laminate to save a few a bucks vs custom bent SS. Then added the “L” shaped stainless steel panles to the left and right of the fireplace pulling the panels approx., 3/4” of the laminate and used custom made SS bolts to secure them, one of which is removable to access the electrical control panel for lights, tunes and fireplace.

Then we added lights, the coolest lights ever and what a joy to work with as the pictures do ZERO justice to them. Small 1/4” x 1/4” x 12” ridgid LED bars routed flush into appropriate cabinet parts. Controlled by a main switch or a remote control to dim interior and exterior lights seperatly. Also included was a motion sensor so that when guests got up to use the bathroom the fireplace lights would turn on, then turn off automatically…...sweet touch as I have broken many a big tow walking in the dark. The lights made that rain glass look alive and again the photos do little justice.

Nice stainless steel details finish and connect the upper TV… the theme that exists through out the entire penthouse suite with a view to die for and not to confuse anyone, the last 2 pics isnt the view out the penthouse, its the view into my new backyard.

Thanks for looking and sorry for my poor typing skills

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Don Kondra

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#1 posted 01-03-2011 08:08 AM

Hope the job was cost plus :)

Very nice result though….

New back yard ?

What have I missed ?

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 09:55 AM

its nice when folks can change their mind ?

I hung my apron up and took a job offer in what might as well be another continent, closer to my children

Same grave digging occupation just a different place to rest the shovel

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 03:48 PM

Wow – that is a lot of “adjusting”. Looks like the final product is outstanding! Most people will not understand how much effort went into this.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 01-03-2011 07:32 PM

Very well Done! looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-03-2011 09:03 PM

Very clean lines I like it… great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Bob #2

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#6 posted 01-03-2011 09:15 PM

Came out just perfect M’Mann.
Those split glass panels look like a bear to get aligned.
What hardware did you choose?

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 01-03-2011 10:38 PM

Thank you for the kind words

I used bathroom shower door hinges, a tad pricey at over 100 bucks a pop for a grand total of 1,800….ching ching chingaroo

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 06:29 AM

I can’t say wow enough to this…i can’t even fathom ever having the skill to create something like that!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#9 posted 01-07-2011 06:35 AM

Thank you

I think that some day you will have the skills

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 02-02-2012 05:59 AM

wow love this

-- if i say something stupid over look me im learning.....

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#11 posted 04-13-2013 04:01 AM

pay it forward

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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