Stereo cabinet/wall door

I have a wall that has a hole cut into it. The wall is drywall, and the hold is framed with 2x4s. Its like a rough-in. You might see such a setup for a fishtank window or something.
I am intending to use this for my stereo cabinet/closet. I don't know how to finish this though. Are there glass doors that are sold with frames and all, that I can drop into this hole? The hole is about 2.5' x 4' I suppose.
Any other ideas on how I can turn this hole in the wall into something that looks respectable. I had someone finishing my basement but he bailed on me...
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Can you find a medicine cabinet that will fit in the space?

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Maybe but I doubt I could find a stereo to fit in the medecine cabinet.
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How deep is the opening? It sounded like it was 3-1/2" deep.

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No - he didn't say how deep. Just a hole in the wall.
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yea its about that deep. Is medecine cabinet a general term for a type of cabinet? All the medecine cabinets I have see are only about 4" deep max.
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I'd call around to some commercial glass dealers. Some of them install custom showcases, and you could end up with glass sliding doors that are much nicer than the crap that comes with some ready-made audio furniture. You know: Nice ball bearing slides - that sort of thing.
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Glass is not that hard to work with. I had a contractor skip on me with doors for my kitchen remodel.
The box stores sell a glass hinge kit and magnetic holders. All either set screw or glue on.
http://www.usifaz.com/ The folks sell it for 50% less. Close to my home so I have used them a lot for different projects.
Measure the opening and subtract ~1/4 inch. I use the "double thickness glass" what ever that means at the borg stores. Make sure your using a square to measure. If the doors are to big then a belt sander and some patience will do the trick. I measured the doors and forgot to all for the hinges. I sanded off the two conflicting edges. Took time and a few fine grained belts.
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Where and what is the depth you need?
Are you wanting to build into the room or the space behind the wall?
These answers would help me or some one better able to answer your question.
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CL (dnoyeB) Gilbert wrote:

OK, it looks like I mischaracterized the situation. Its more like a closet than a hole in a wall. its in the corner of my basement and its depth is about 2.5ft. I can walk into it sideways and do work in the small tight space.
Its like this. There was water meter in corner of my basement. So finisher decided to sort of box it in with a tiny closet of sorts. Closet goes from floor to ceiling and is about 4ft wide, 2.5ft deep, 6-8ft tall. Small skinny door to the left, and large cutout to the right. Both on the wide face. Cutout is about 2ft above the ground.
It was put in for my stereo but I don't know how to finish it off. The cutout is rough in that its cut drywall butted around the rim by 2x4s. I assume Ill put some wood surface over than and a frame or something but Im not real sure how to finish it.
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(snip)
What you are describing was very common back in the 50s and 60s to 'build in' the giant TVs and Hi-Fi radios of the era. Basically a bookcase flush-mounted in the wall, that had an open or pegboard back. The back was set into a coat closet or mechanical space for ventilation and access. What you need is basically a 3/4" plywood box set into the rough opening, trimmed out on the room side like the doors and windows are. Depending on depth of the box, and the planned load, it may need stifflegs on the back to hold the weight. Shelves can either be hard-mounted, or laid on pegs fit into holes drilled in the plywood, or if you want to get fancy, rout out shallow notches and put in the metal rails that hold shelf clips. Shelves would also be 3/4 plywood with a pretty front edge applied. Stain or paint to suit your taste and the quality of wood. These can look nice, or they can look like crap, depending on quality of wood, workmanship, and finish. If you have or can borrow a decent table saw and basic woodworking tools you can do it yourself. If my explanation above does not make sense, check your local ad paper for a semi-retired finish carpenter or custom cabinet shop. It will be a trivial project for them, and probably won't even cost that much if the wall and the opening are square and well built. I'd go with open front, personally, but they can put whatever doors on the front that you want. They can come take measurements, build it back at their shop, and bring it back to slip it into the hole and secure it.
Note well- you never want to bury access to mechanical stuff. The meter you refer to should never be hidden more than behind a door.
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However you finish it off, make sure you have adequate airflow through the "closet" to ventilate the hot air. Your amp won't be happy if it doesn't have cooling air.
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