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I've been dreaming about this project for a few years, spent 7 months building it, and finally finished it last weekend.

During the design process I went through a few different craftsman inspired designs before going for this Greene and Greene theme. I've been on a G&G kick for the last year or so, and this will fit nicely with a side table in my living room(not posted here yet).

In addition to the TV lift I built two speakers to improve the TV sound quality/volume. The cabinet has two drawers, two doors, and a vent. The vent hides the fans/electronics, and I think it looks really cool. It was almost as much a challenge to make the vent as the curved doors/speaker fronts.

I used cherry for almost everything. The panels are baltic birch with a cherry stain(I couldn't find cherry ply when I needed it). I used ebony for the custom drawer pulls, and for the plugs. Most of the plugs are decorative. However, I followed G&G traditions by screwing the box joints together and covering the screws with ebony plugs.

I'm an electrical engineer by trade, and I programmed an arduino to control the sliding top and TV lift with my TV remote. Here is a link to a video of it in action.

I hope you enjoy.

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I really like your design and the TV lift. However, I do not really care for seeing the speaker.
 

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Looks good to me. The speakers look a bit odd as already stated but I'm sure they are helpful when watching stuff which is really the main point anyway. Look forward to seeing that matching end table!
 

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EEWW,

Nice job. I too love G & G but not done it yet. Looked at the video also, got side tracked for awhile watching other WW videos.

Good job staining the BB in cherry, a good color match.. Probably saved $$ with the price of plywood now.
 

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lovely piece,and g and g is awesome in any catagory imo. beautiful for sure
thanks
rj in az
 

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huge fan of G&G so i like anything in that style.but i agree about the exposed speakers,they take away from the look.
 

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That's really great. A lift cabinet like yours is on my projects list down the road.
 

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Great Job, speakers and all. I like it that you personalized it for your tastes. Very clean unit. Does the top back piece slide open automatically when the TV comes up? Can you share any more information on how that back top piece works?
 

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Thanks all for the feedback. This is my first project on this site and I love that I'm actually getting some constructive feedback. My friends all only give positive feedback and everyone has room for improvement.

@woodnek - Yes, the top piece slides back automatically. I used drawer slides to provide the path, and linear actuators to drive the top back. Here are some pictures of the mechanism. I used an Arduino to convert the IR codes from my TV remote, and a motor controller to drive the linear actuators. Feel free to send me a message if you want even more details.
 

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Good looking cabinet. Love the G&G approach.
 

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Thanks all for the feedback. This is my first project on this site and I love that I m actually getting some constructive feedback. My friends all only give positive feedback and everyone has room for improvement.

@woodnek - Yes, the top piece slides back automatically. I used drawer slides to provide the path, and linear actuators to drive the top back. Here are some pictures of the mechanism. I used an Arduino to convert the IR codes from my TV remote, and a motor controller to drive the linear actuators. Feel free to send me a message if you want even more details.

- EEWoodworker
After rereading your post I did see that you mentioned it. Thanks for the pictures of it. Oh, and if I could just say, I hate you electrical engineers that know how to work all these nifty toys. ;)
Worst case scenario is that you could mimic the doors and cover the speakers, but to me it doesn't need it.
I may contact you in the future if I ever need this set up. Thanks.
 

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Nice work.

Would be really nice to see a series of blog posts about the entire design and construction!
The project is too cool to hide the construction.

If nothing else, Please post your additional pictures from imgur into this thread, using the img button. :)
Better to have all images stored by LJ than on another site.
 

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Ya know, there's a lot to like about this project. I'm currently building a G&G master bedroom set, so I know all about how much effort it takes to build this furniture. Bravo on chosing this style, I think you've done a fantastic job here. Those front louvers add an interesting design element. I like the arched top doors and the cloud lifts on the front rail of the base. I also like your solution to stain the BB side panels. It all works together. Ask yourself this - If the Greenes and the Halls were desigining and building furniture now with modern electronics, what would it look like? Well, I suspect it would look much like this. Cudos. Thanks for posting…
 

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Excellent work-thanks for posting.

Design + execution- very nice

Bill in MI
 

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Very nice work and design. I agree with the exposed speakers.

I just noticed the inlay in the floor. That is very cool too.

Welcome to LJ and thanks for posting.
 

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I love the,piece, including the visible speaker cones. Nice job. My bucket list project is a Morris chair. My recliner is on its last legs, so I am currently shopping for wood. :)
 

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Very nice design. Good job.
 

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This is a fantastic style. Love the clever modern lift addition while still keeping the G&G
 
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