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Project by chem posted 11-15-2018 12:27 AM 449 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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My old TV cabinet was too big and tended to stab you when you tried to sneak past it. The new one is smaller and has more friendly angles and edges. It was not based on a design I found anywhere, but instead constructed for what I thought would hold the contents in the least obtrusive way possible. This led to some angles that cost me more time than I wish to admit (note to self: next time use a proven design). The angles meant I had no good way to bevel the cabinet doors so I ended up cutting birch pieces for the top and bottom of the of 1/4 inch ply doors with a miter saw to meet the angles in the top. Then there was the hinge problem. Solved that by making the doors removable and held with rare earth magnets.

The finish was an ordeal. Trying to be harmonious with the pickled birch paneling in the room (~1952) led me to get custom finish solutions from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams. Neither was perfect. Went with first treating the birch plywood with Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator. Very interesting product. Wood was grey when done. Then stained with a custom pigment mix from Sherwin-Williams with pigments on a pickled white base. Top coated with Arm-R-Seal (x3). Overall I don’t love finishing wood so this was a bit much for my taste.

Finally the TV mount…not wood. Bought a big piece of scrap aluminum and had it bent and drilled to accept the mount from a wall hanging kit. Bolted the aluminum to the top of the cabinet. Why not mount the TV on the wall you say? I don’t put holes in walls I don’t know how to patch. I don’t know how to patch walls.


-- chemist by day, woodworker time permitting





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#1 posted 11-20-2018 01:00 AM

Nice work on it. It is a very clean looking cabinet!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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