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09-09-2011 05:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question mahogany tv stand doors project

I’m making a TV stand. I had plan on adding flush raised panel doors. After making the case, I’m thinking the door openings are too small and might look strange with raised panel. Each door opening is 16” Wide by 7-3/8” high. So either the rail and stiles would have to be rather narrow or the raised panel would have to be.

I also thought of overlapping the raised panel doors, which might look better or even using a solid slab. The solid slab with a rabbit in the back might look the best.

Since I’m not working off of any plans I started searching on the Internet to see if I could locate any photo of what might look good. I also thought I’d ask the LJ community to see what you all think.

Does anyone have any thoughts, photos, or links of what they have done or might would do in a similar situation.

This is what I have done so far. The top was being glued up so I just placed a piece of wood on top. The upper part is going to be open. The face frame is 1-1/2”. The wood is African Mahogany that will have a dark finish.

What do you thiink???????

When I was searching for ideas, I located this photo on the Internett of what I was originally thinking of doing with the doors.

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 06:16 AM

If it were me, I would go to drawers with the raised panels instead of doors. At my age, I ain’t gonna get down on my hands and knees to rummage around in the back of a ^&*#! cabinet. – lol

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 06:28 AM

Well, do you like the look of doors on the Internet model? Yours seems of similar proportions.

Why not do up a couple of prototype doors in scrap wood/MDF/ply? See what overlay doors look like vs. inset, and raised panel vs. solid?

If you did go with rail & stile, you’d probably want 1 1/2 to 1 3/4. There’s something to be had making the widths the same as the face frame, but going slightly larger might look good or might look odd – you’d have to prototype. Much larger than that and you don’t have enough space for a reasonable raised panel.

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#3 posted 09-09-2011 09:36 AM

I made a prototype of the raise panel that would fit flush and that’s why I started looking for other ideas because I didn’t think it looked that great. Mainly it didn’t have a clean look to it. I did match the the door frame with the face frame at 1-1/2”. Maybe that’s what made it look odd. Maybe I’ll think about a little larger but that would make the center piece even smaller.

I’m not sure of the size of the tv stand I located on the Internet. Those doors don’t look bad but mine sure didn’t look like that. The rails and stiles in the photo are larger than the shelf above it but the legs look the same size. Looking at the photo, if I took both the rails and put them together they would be about the same size as the center piece which is about the way mine is.

A VCR and a home surround sound system is going in the bottom, so doors are better than drawers from me. Although I’m making a box to add below to hold some of my Xbox games.

I’ll make another prototype and make the rails and stiles a little larger and focus on making the prototype a better fit than the first one I made.


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#4 posted 09-09-2011 09:43 AM

Nice work. IMO, it would look better if you were to run your center stile up into the upper section as well, then use larger doors to cover it all. Use glass center panels so the remotes can “get through” (unless you have RF).

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