Need help with Vent/Cable holes in Media Cabinet

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Forum topic by tool_junkie posted 09-27-2011 04:03 AM 2140 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2011 04:03 AM

Hi All,

I am in the final steps of completing a TV cabinet from woodsmith magazine; just like the one in the following post.

I would like to add cable / vent holes in the back of the left and right side cabinets (refer to above post for a visual reference). I am thinking a window type vent would be best suited which can be closed to keep the dust out, if there are no electronics in a particular cabinet. The back itself is 1/4” thick ply and I am not too exited about putting hinges to make a window. A sliding window is another option, but I am looking for something much simpler.

Has anyone done this type of vent/cable hole design before? Any ideas how it can be done in a simple and elegant way?


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#1 posted 09-27-2011 04:59 AM

Look at the sliding back door on my granddaughters Bryer horse barn. Can’t get any simpler than that. You will have to be the judge on the elegant part!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-27-2011 06:08 AM

I always bore holes (~1”) between equipment bays and in the backs. I keep them low so the components will hide them.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#3 posted 09-27-2011 06:13 AM

Try lining the holes from the inside with a fairly open-weave material, like they cover speakers with. It let’s the air move though, keeps out the dust, and can be attached with staples from the inside where it won’t show.

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