Crime against design or not? Oh, and panelling too...

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Project by 404 - Not Found posted 930 days ago 2605 views 10 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Artists easel adapted to hold flat screen TV.
I don’t always get much of a say in what my clients want making, on this occasion, he saw it on vacation in Vegas, wanted it, and with no international shipping option, asked me to make it…. so I can’t take credit for the design.
My QC department consists of my wife, who usually see the jobs in progress and is for the most part, quite complimentary of the things I make for other people. On this occasion however, she thought it was “nasty”, just wondered what you all think.
Heavy sapele construction, beech knobs turned and knurled by moi. Did the panelling in this room too.
It does look better with a telly on it than it did in the workshop.
30”w 30”d 92”h

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#1 posted 930 days ago

I like it , well done

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#2 posted 930 days ago

What a cool idea ,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 930 days ago

I certainly understand her point. But I definitely like it.

The wires certainly clash with the design aesthetic. But there’s really nothing to be done about that.

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#4 posted 930 days ago

I like the idea, the construction looks well done, but you only have to please the paying customer if its not for your own house. Just think how happy she will be when you get it out of your house.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 930 days ago

Is that “Deliverance” on the telly?

-- --"We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in...some of us just go one god further" Richard Dawkins

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#6 posted 930 days ago

Very creative, looks great!

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#7 posted 930 days ago

It is Deliverance. ;)

I think if you hid the wires down the back of the wood it would look a lot better…. The room. Not the piece. Which looks fantastic. ;)

Almost looks like you can adjust the height of the TV by way of the knobs and slot in the vertical piece. Neat.

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#8 posted 930 days ago

For some odd reason I have “dueling banjos” running through my head now…

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#9 posted 930 days ago

Paneling gets a big thumbs-up! Well done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#10 posted 930 days ago

Works well enough except for the carbuncle of gear on the bottom and all the wires.(who paints with wires?) Would probably look better without such a high vertical adjust board. Otherwise, well, nasty good.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#11 posted 929 days ago

I think its great,
What better way to smoothly integrate the ultra modern into this period room.
I agree that the cables need to be rerouted through the easel and the Video / DVD boxes? need to be replaced with smaller units mount at the rear and out of view.
Never be surprised by what comes from Las Vegas ;-)

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#12 posted 929 days ago

Its great for me too

-- Dreaming patterns

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#13 posted 929 days ago

The couple I made this for only moved into their house a week before Christmas, I think the installation of the TV/ Cable equipment was done quite hurriedly, hence the cables sticking out all over the place – I made the brace at the back U shaped for cable management (see the hole at the base) but they obviously didn’t run the cables through it yet.
The top and bottom “canvas holders” are fully adjustable height wise, clamped with the knobs (bolt thru the back into threaded insert in the knob).

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#14 posted 929 days ago

In addition to being a pretty cool idea and a good looking piece of furniture it could also be a rather sardonic comment on modern culture. I like it for that.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#15 posted 929 days ago

Very nice! Thanks for the nod to West Virginia, lol.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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