tv cabinet with pocket doors

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Project by bent posted 05-25-2008 01:57 PM 8267 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i built this cabinet to house a tv for a friend. she wanted something “cheap but sturdy”. the cabinet is nothing fancy, but i love the pocket doors on it. once the top set of doors open, they can pushed back into the cabinet. it was a pain to figure out how to do it, but it turned out nice and made the project.

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#1 posted 05-25-2008 02:10 PM

You did a good job! What type finish?

-- Bill, Florida

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#2 posted 05-25-2008 02:40 PM

Did a nice job, Bent. Looks like it will fit the bill. Nice design. Now get a finish on it. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 05-25-2008 03:30 PM

Simple yet a lot of eye candy, good job. I like the trim piece between the top and bottom half. Did you mill that yourself? I bet your friend will be pleased. Will you be my friend? 8>)

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#4 posted 05-25-2008 04:34 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 05-25-2008 05:26 PM

Looks good to me. I like the hide-away doors.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 05-25-2008 06:30 PM

very nice!!!

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#7 posted 05-26-2008 03:07 AM

Nice looking cabinet. You did a good job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#8 posted 05-26-2008 03:46 AM

great looking cabinet. really like those hideaway doors. thanks for posting

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#9 posted 05-26-2008 12:06 PM

Hi Bent,


I think I have the general idea how pocket doors are constructed but I would greatly appreciate a little more elaboration. Like which part of the fabrication gave you the “pain”. ;-). I am thinking of making one for house.



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#10 posted 05-26-2008 01:49 PM


This is a nice piece. You did a good job on it. Adding the pocket doors, while a challenge to install, gives the cabinet a nice look.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 05-26-2008 05:09 PM

thanks for the compliments guys.

bill, this piece was sold as unfinished. the customer was very particular about what color stain she wanted, plus i don’t like staining. we decided it would be better to let her do it herself.

rico, what made this difficult was figuring out how to make the hardware work for this project. the door slides are made by accuride, and are pretty heavy duty. however, they are designed for use with european overlay hinges. the system is supposed to mount to the cabinet carcass side with the hinges mounting directly to the slides and the cabinet doors extending to the edge of the cabinet sides. if you plan on building a cabinet with this system, i recommend doing it that way (as it is designed). the piece i built has a face frame and inset doors. to do this, i mounted a board the same length as the cabinet door height sideways against the door slides. i then mounted the doors to this board with butt hinges. this way, everything on the cabinet front is flush to the face. i hope this helps with your project. i think it’s worth the extra effort to add this feature, because it really grabs people’s attention when they see it in action. good luck!

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#12 posted 05-31-2008 07:23 PM

very nice!!!

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#13 posted 06-15-2009 06:19 PM

Nice job, looks great. I bet she is very happy with it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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