Plasma TV Lift cab

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Project by woodwkr posted 02-14-2008 03:37 PM 9689 views 18 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is one I built a few months ago. The main field veneer is crotch mahogany. It is surrounded by a maple and tulip wood strip inlay and on the outside with ribbon stripe mahogany. The center veneer on the columns is lace wood. The crotch was a real pain because the veneer was so buckled, stiff and brittle. I used a veneer relaxing solution and clipped – seamed – taped – and vacuum pressed the front face in one piece on 3/4” MDF. The curved ends were done the same, except the substrate was 1/4” mdf bending kerf board. After sanding the veneer, the ends were then glued to two more layers of kerf board on a curved jig in the press to form the 3/4” thick curved ends. The base was done the same – and a mahogany lumber top cap was added during assy. The part of top that goes up with the TV box, is loose and floats on top of the box in the up position – ( held in place with a couple of loose pin table leaf dowels) – and rests on nailer’s in the down position, so it will stay flush with the rest of the top. I will try to get a pic with the TV installed.

Here are some more views.
Installing the lift.
In the showroom before shipping.
The drawing process —-

-- Marshall _ Wichita, Ks _ "Growing Old is Mandatory - - Growing Up Is Optional" :)

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 03:41 PM

Beautiful workmanship! What kind of lift did you use?

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 03:48 PM

>What kind of lift did you use?<
I was not real happy with this lift. It was not as smooth as I would have liked. I see that Accuride is offering some lifts and may try one of those the next time.

-- Marshall _ Wichita, Ks _ "Growing Old is Mandatory - - Growing Up Is Optional" :)

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 04:14 PM

Wow! Very nice, especially the wood grain on the front of the cabinet. Just WOW!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 04:22 PM

Holy moly! That is drop-dead gorgeous!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 04:36 PM

beautiful piece of furniture and what better way to hide the big screen.

everytime I save enough $$$$ for the vacumn press…..........the kids need $$$$. everytime I see a fine piece of furniture like this ,I think about that. It would seem that figure skating, rep hockey, books, tuition, flights, are a priority?

I’ve spent a small fortune on lifts for plasma….........aweful expensive and when I look at it, theres not much to it. Worm gears, motor and scissors…........seems like there is much money made in these lifts.

Nice work and just a pleasure to look at

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

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 05:17 PM


-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 05:24 PM

Very impressive! Every time I see something as intricate this I am humbled.


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#8 posted 02-14-2008 05:31 PM

Very well done. What plan did you use. What finish did you use

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 05:41 PM

the piece is gorgeous the wood is stunning and the lift: wonderful.

Nicely done.
Superb workmanship

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 05:42 PM

This is a great tv cabinet. Excellent design and execution on the veneer. The style is very similar to what you would see in Historic Charleston, but with modern twist. Very nicely done incorporating the two.

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 06:22 PM

Fantastic job! I love the mahogany veveers!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 06:30 PM

This is awsome!!! I’ve been thinking about building something like this, though not as fancy, for our bedroom, I think a lift cabinet would be a great place to put a small plasma at the foot of the bed.

Nice work!!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#13 posted 02-14-2008 07:51 PM

Incredible use of that crotchwood veneer!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 02-14-2008 08:06 PM

This is absolutely stunning. I realized that it was a really nice piece of furniture when I looked at the top pictures but I did not even think of it as a lift cabinet as well. WOW!!!!!

I have never worked with veneers but as usual with a number of techniques that I simply have not made the time to try I am beginning to understand there is a lot to learn about this hobby.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#15 posted 02-14-2008 11:19 PM

Very impressive, great bookmatching.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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