Put one of those fake electric fireplace things in the hole where the TV
used to be, and set the flat-screen on top.
( :^/, of course )
Serious answer- time to junk the old console, or convert it into a
minibar, or something. I've seen kludges like you are proposing, and
they all looked like crap. You can never get the trim you add to look
like the original factory finish.
If your heart is set on keeping it, find some cabinet-grade plywood that
matches as close as you can, and line the open spot to make it look like
a shelf. Don't forget vent and cable holes in the back. Take your best
shot in the Minwax aisle at the Borg, for a matching shade of gel stain
to rub on. Or possibly make a slightly-inset panel for the hole, and
mount the new TV on a shallow wall mount. I'm having trouble picturing a
modern wide TV that would fit in the hole where an old 4:3 aspect TV
used to sit, unless the screen is a lot smaller. (I see a LOT of very
fancy entertainment centers sitting by the curb, for that very reason.)
And i still think you will have trouble trimming out the front edges
where old wood meets new, and getting it to look right. But what the
heck, it won't cost too much, and it will be an educational experience.
Post pictures on one of the picture sites when you are done, and put a
link back here. I'm kinda curious at this point how you make out.
The old TV screen used to fit in a "hole" measuring 27" wide by 18"
tall but I don't plan on trying to "fit" the new flat-panel TV into
Instead, I'm thinking about mounting the new flat-panel TV to the
FRONT of the console. That area is 46" wide and 23" tall so it should
accomodate a decent-size flat-panel TV.
That makes it simpler- just panel over the hole with cabinet-grade
plywood, and trim it out as best you can. I'd stare at the back of the
TV and the wall-mount you plan to use first, though- you may want a
recess so it can set flush as possible. And like another poster
suggested, you may need to add ballast to the back of the cabinet, so it
doesn't fall forward unexpectedly.
Seems a shame to waste all those cubic inches- maybe you can put a door
on the back and make a secret compartment for stuff. Not too many
burglars steal console TVs, I expect.
You can use a wall mount on the front and put the TV on that. Frankly, no
matter what you do it is pretty much going to look like a hack job. Only
way is to carefully cut out the front to recess the flat panel and put a
mount on the inside of the existing cabinet. It will still look like a hack
job though. Sometimes you just have to let go.
The BIG problem is the aspect ratio is oftendifferent.
I HAVE seen some nice conversions, with the new unit installed from
the back and supported using the wall-bracket screws into timber or
plywood "web" to hold it in place. It would have to be a pretty
special cabinet to make it worth the hassle in my opinion.
he could cut a piece of 3/4" particle board,MDF,or plywood to fit (recessed
a few inches)inside where the TV used to be,paint it black,and mount his
bracket to that panel. He might want to drill some holes for p.cord,cables
and air circulation.Maybe even a whisper fan for better air circ,improving
the life of the electronics.
90% of the front of the console is taken up by two vertical speaker-
grilles and the old 27" picture-tube.
If I take out the entire old TV (including the picture tube) and the
speaker grilles, I should be able to mount a 37" flat-screen TV on the
front of the console.
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