Man Cave TV House -- Version 2

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Feb 4, 2014

Since my last posting, more experimenting has taken place.

A plexiglass front cover over the front of the TV was added for protection and the TV sounded muffled. I determined that rebuilding the box housing was in order.

The design was made to let the sound out of the box on the sides and bottom.

The mounting bar for the TV was also redesigned smaller and more compact. The handles were added to help adjust the angle of the TV since using the TV as an adjustment handle is not a good idea.

This large wing nut is used to lock the mounting bar in the correct position.

The test fitting of the TV went well.

Next, 3 nails were attached to the top front edge of the new box to make a tool-less front plexiglass panel attachment.

Here the front pexiglass panel is being test fitted on the 3 nails. The panel simply slips ON and OFF.

Here is the TV in itʻs new housing. Initially the front plexiglass did not have the holes you see on the lower edge. The sound from the TV still needed a direct exit so they were cut and it didnʻt interfere with the TV picture.

Hope you can use these ideas.

Thanks for looking.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 08:30 PM

Fantastic upgrade—thanks for posting, a definite favorite!

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 08:57 PM

Nice TV display box. Are you concerned with wood dust getting inside TV with all the side openings?

-- George R. Forest, Virginia

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 09:10 PM

Criszr—Since the TV is in the shop away from all the sawing and sanding activity, I donʻt think there will be much dust getting inside the TV. Since most dust falls from above and since the top is solid, I doubt much dust will get to it.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 03:25 AM

Very nice upgrade Alex!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 09:08 AM

Great idea and nicely done. I’ve never had a tv or even a radio in my shop as it I need to concentrate on the task at hand, but I know many like to work with some music and I guess tv too without any problem.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-05-2014 12:29 PM

great job, nice upgrade.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 02-05-2014 03:30 PM


I know a TV and radio in the shop can be a distraction but it also can be soothing, depending on whatʻs on. While carving you could play some classical music and really enjoy both. Some people retire and are use to working in an office where there is a lot of chatter all around them. Sometimes a TV or radio provides this background noise that simulates an office environment.

When Iʻm running the dust collector and big saws, the noise drownʻs out the TV or radio so no problem with distraction while running the big tools.

Sometimes I have the news station on just to keep up with whatʻs going on in the world. NPR is my favorite station in the afternoon. Also, if there is severe weather in the area (tornados, snow and ice, flooding) itʻs a good idea to be aware of those developments.

However, if youʻre in the shop cause youʻre looking for peace and quite, then a TV or radio may not be the best thing in the shop. They can also be left off and used just in emergencies. Just saying … lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 02-05-2014 03:48 PM

Good idea. I like to have the TV on in the kitchen when I am cooking. I am not really watching the program but just occasionally listening to the news or a football game.

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 05:58 PM

1/8” audio cable out from the TV, down a couple feet to your Milwaukee radio’s 1/8” input. Then you can mute the TV speakers and use real speakers to hear the TV. Problem solved with no redesign of the TV enclosure required. If the TV doesn’t have an 1/8” out, then it almost certainly has RCA audio outs, in which case all you need is a $5 cable like THIS ONE. Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week, please tip your waitresses.

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#10 posted 02-05-2014 06:04 PM

I forgot to mention also that I see your pair of 3M WorkTunes ear protectors there. If you plug in a FM transmitter into the Milwaukee’s 1/8” output jack, then sync the transmit channel with the input channel on your WorkTunes, you can listen wirelessly to whatever the Milwaukee is amplifying, including the television. This is how I’m set up. The big radio/CD/iPod receiver/amplifier has a FM transmitter on it. Since the tuner on the big radio is more powerful and gets better reception than my WorkTunes, I use the big radio’s tuner, then rebroadcast that signal via the FM transmitter to my WorkTunes, which pick up the pirate signal much better over a short distance. That way, I can hear clear FM radio, CDs, and my iPod without carrying it around in my pocket and having the cord dangling down from my WorkTunes to my pocket. Without this setup, I wouldn’t be able to wear hearing protection, run the loud tools, and still listen to every Nationals game . . . which would be a COMPLETE DISASTER.

Hope this helps!

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#11 posted 02-06-2014 12:30 AM

If I had a TV in my shop I would get nothing done at all. I have a radio but that is rarely on. It’s strange that while I am in the house I have to have a background noise going. Weird hey???


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#12 posted 02-06-2014 12:59 AM

Nice work. I have always had a radio/CD/tape player in my shop, because I find having some “noise” in the background drowns out the my talking to myself part of being in the shop so someone outside doesn’t think I’m crazy. LOL Depending on my mood and what I am working on the music can vary from classical to polka to country to folk to good old rock and roll with a little talk radio mixed in. I have so much music I have collected and inherited over the years I find this is a good way to use and enjoy it. I think I would find the TV a distraction but I’ve never tried it.


-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 02-06-2014 03:46 AM


You got me all excited and ran down to check my radio. It only has and input jack for an iPod. No OUTPUT jack. I like the way you think but alas my raido canʻt do that. I would like to be able to have my earphones on and hear the radio though. Iʻll keep what you said in mind and see if there is a way to use an FM transmitter with my TV so I can have the WorkTunes on and still hear the TV.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#14 posted 02-06-2014 04:57 AM

Oh man, I’m sorry—that sucks. Those bastards! How hard is it to put an 1/8” jack that sends pre-power amp signal out. Sigh, nobody builds radios like they should anymore. In that case, what you need is a splitter for the TV, with a male 1/8” and two female 1/8” jacks. That way you can run a male-to-male 1/8” cable from the TV to the Milwaukee and connect the FM transmitter to the other 1/8” female jack on the splitter. That will let you have the TV signal go to both the Milwaukee and your WorkTunes. If the Milwaukee has a headphone jack you could plug the transmitter in there, check the front. You could always open up the radio and splice into the signal between the pre-amp and the power amp stages of the Milwaukee, but that requires no chisels, saws, or dovetails… Yes, I have a background in music (got a DMA in trumpet performance actually before my career change) and used to work at a recording studio, in fact one of the few true analog studios left in the world. I had my own small home studio and a lot of gear that has since gone away. But I spent quite a few hours of my life wiring and soldering… Here’s my home stereo to give you an idea of my other addiction.

Obviously that equipment would not do well in the shop environment. Hope this helps! Gotta help a man have his tunes in the shop—I could NOT work without them.

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#15 posted 02-11-2014 07:51 PM

Brilliant solution man!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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