I've got an old 61" Sony TV I've been trying to fix for the past month. Looks like the end of the road - two of the picture tubes are shorted out. It's OK, we watched it for 14 years, it doesn't owe us any money.
The dead TV is big - it weighs about 200 pounds. I had to pay piano movers to bring it into my house when we moved. Now I have to pay somebody to haul it out. And I have to buy a stand for the new TV. They ain't cheap.
Then I had an idea - the old TV is not only electronics, it's also a decent piece of furniture. Why not yank all the electronics, cut it down and make a stand out of it? The hard stuff - the substructure and wheels - is already done. I would cut the sides at about 20 inches from the floor, pop the top off and refasten it to the sides. There would surely be enough wood left to put in an internal shelf or two for equipment.
It's not the nicest wood - veneer-coated particle board, painted black. And I will have to cut the sides down with a circular saw. I figure I'll clamp a guide so I can just run the saw along it - first just a sixteenth of an inch deep to cut cleanly through the veneer.
Anybody done anything like this?
- Jerry Kaidor