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07-11-2011 06:20 PM

I have an old entertainment center that’s been in the garage for about 2 years. We got a flat screen tv & have no use for this anymore. It’s big & heavy, & I could really use the extra space in the garage. I put it on craigslist but had zero interest – doesn’t surprise me, no one wants these anymore…

It’s well made & in good shape, so I hate to throw it out. My options as I see them are to donate it to salvation army/goodwill/etc., or do something with it. My first thougth was to cut it off at the top of the doors, maybe “reclaim” the crown from the top, & make a bench. It seems like it might be a little tall for that – it’s almost 24” to the top of the doors. any other thoughts?

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 06:25 PM

You could hack off the top and make a sideboard of sorts. You could hack off the top and legs, add a cleat, and make a wall mounted tool cabinet. I’m not sure.

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

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 06:35 PM

tool cabinet is an interesting idea… Thanks!

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#3 posted 07-11-2011 06:40 PM

If I had it and had room in my shop I would use it for a tool/storage cabinet but I certainly don’t have room.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 06:44 PM

I had a friend that had the same problem. He is a woodworking also and he cut it apart in various places, extended it reusing the cut off parts and made a built in book shelf.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 07-11-2011 06:45 PM

You could always repurpose the single door on the left, leaving it open with shelves. You could always add drawers. It looks like a pretty solid carcass. If it’s too deep, you could rip all the way around it on the tablesaw like we do when ripping the lid off boxes. Good luck! :)

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

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#6 posted 07-11-2011 06:52 PM

I’d consider putting shelves in and putting a panel on the back of the open bay—turn it into a nice bookshelf

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 07-11-2011 08:57 PM

add some shelving, replace the back, turn it into a hutch.

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#8 posted 07-12-2011 05:00 PM

I would have to agree with Wayne on disassembling it and reclaiming the wood for another project. I see a nice desk in there as well as some other projects.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#9 posted 07-12-2011 05:17 PM

Actually, what people in my area are looking for is an entertainment center for wide-screened TV’s. What about removing the center support, and creating a bigger opening in the middle. Add DVD shelves on either side. voila!

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#10 posted 07-12-2011 05:24 PM

thanks for all of the suggestions. I took a walk around the house last night & I think I came up with an idea. I was thinking about making a window seat/bench for my son’s room, with some sort of storage inside. After I measured, this is going to be just about the perfect height.

I think what I’m going to do is cut off the top section, remove the doors/hardware/stops, & keep the bottom as 3 open “cubes” that can hold basket. I may put some dividers in the center cube for books, etc.

I found this in the projects section – I’m thinking something along these lines..

All of the trim in our house is white, so I willl likely sand & paint this one..

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