|Project by reedwood||posted 03-04-2011 05:07 PM||3002 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
The Last tube TV Cabinet and Trim project – 2008
The cabinet is made of maple plywood spray painted white with a clear varnish on the inside. It has rack and pinion pocket doors, dovetailed maple drawers with alum. file slide rails, HD full extension drawer slides and the stereo system is set up under the TV.
All of the trim is made of poplar and includes custom made profiles.
This cabinet was built at the time when all tube TVs were being replaced with big wide screen Flat plasma TVs.
As a TV cabinet builder and a big fan of home theater, I was following the news closely. Remember 4:3 ratio?
It took The USA 5-6 years to make the change to 16:9. But first, they had to dump all of the inventory of 4.3 rear projection TVs. They knew they were obsolete the day they rolled off the assembly line.
The first flat screen TVs were 4-7000.00 but everyone knew they would eventually come down in price. I waited 2 or 3 years after flat screens came out to replace my obsolete 7 yr. old 55” Sony 4:3, 1080 “ready” rear projection TV that I paid 2800.00 for – on sale. Normally 3600.00
I shopped like a lady high on coupons for 6 months before I bought a Sony 56” LED Flat screen that finally went on sale for 1800.00
Update: Now I can buy a new one for 800.00 and it’s thinner. Oh well, it was still worth it. Nice TV!
Back to the cabinet:
For a couple of years, (2005-2009?) It’s was really hard to have to tell a potential client to basically throw away all their equipment they want to put in the cabinet that they called me to build in the first place.
I never did actually say it that way but instead, I showed them Audio magazine articles about Stereo systems and the ratio change and discussed how it will drastically effect the cabinet’s TV opening and depth.
Also, no need for a big TV pull out swivel base, ever again. TG! I hated those things.
Most of my clients would gladly spend 6 to 30,000K for a huge custom cabinet but they just couldn’t get rid of “a perfectly good TV”. When they saw the prices of the first new flat screens and then realized they would also have to replace all the other TVs, it was suddenly “not in the budget” and decided to wait until the prices came down.
The client called me last summer and asked if I could modify the cabinet for a flat screen TV by:
Removing and re installing the center unit after repairing it in my shop, narrowing the sides and top, eliminating the pocket doors, re-size the opening by lowering the permanent shelf, replace the dado-ed counter top, face frame, and back. R & R the tall two pc. base, crown, electrical, Stereo system and TV. Then sand, prime, and spray 2 coats of oil base, in place. No problem.
I submitted an estimate for the extensive rebuild AT COST, but never heard back. They must really like that perfectly good TV.
Nice folks. I wish I could have helped them.
-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.