I made it exactly how the customer wanted, to hold a lcd TV.
Sadly, they measured the screen only, so the TV and stand will not fit in!
She wants me to make the inside 2" higher.
The top is a mitered; the bottom is butt jointed. I thought of sawing the
bottom out and putting a new bottom below it but that would only gain 3/4".
She is willing to pay for "repairs", but I can't think of anything that
wouldn't look like repairs.
Any ideas of anything that could be done that would look good?
The project is butternut.
I suspect it is cheaper and easer just to start over, but would like to
salvage it if I can.
I would like to put some walnut uprights in it, and hang the TV from the
uprights (losing the stand . I think that would look great, but she
So why can't you put a stripe of vertical-grain walnut in the
vertical-grain section, and horizontal grain for the back? It might
take some careful planning to cut the top off your finished piece and
glue up a chunk of walnut, but if you glued up a piece that was 6" high
x (depth of workpiece) long, you could then cut that down to two 3"
high pieces. I think a 2-3" stripe of walnut could look really nice,
especially if the base were walnut also. I love the contrast of
butternut and walnut - obviously different colors, but very similar
grain patterns and there's a similar "warmth" or "value" or "tone" or
something between the 2 colors. (As you can see, I don't know the real
words to describe the various aspects of colors, but do you know what I
Good luck, and let us know what works,
"what I have always heard"
The butternut will want to move about a quarter of an inch (16" times
.2"/foot) from summer to winter. The walnut will not move at all. That
movement cannot be contained in the joint, which will crack to accomodate
Could you do it like the Earl of Derby said and then put a chair rail type
moulding around it? Maybe use a small chunk of moulding and slide it up and
down the case till you find the spot that looks best and cut it there? Maybe
if you could post a pic of it others may have better solutions for you.
If this was my project, I bet they would think losing the stand would be OK
if I told them how much it would be to "fix" it. My first thought before
reading your last paragraph was to attach to the VESA mounts that I assume
are there to hold the TV.
Could you just build an extension box onto the existing box?
If the OA depth increase would be excessive then you could remove a
corresponding width from the existing box on the TS.
Also, on the box stand base unit, why are you showing the butt ends.?
Is there a reson for that?
You noticed that....
The side pieces have vertical grain , while the front piece has horizontal
grain; I didn't think the 6" joint was long enough for wood movement to
matter, especially since they are connected with pocket screws.
Since the front piece would show end grain I figured I would put the front
piece between the side pieces, since they wouldn't be end grain. I didn't
think the perpendicular grain would be as conspicuous as it actually is.
I wouldn't worry about that; call it a design feature.
I can think of a few fixes for your cabinet:
1st & easiest, why not cut out the bottom and drop it the full 2" that's
needed? You could suport the bottom with cleats attached to the base.
That is, if the TV base is small enough to fit into the cabinet base.
2nd & do-able, but will alter the look a bit; knock the cabinet apart, cut
off the miters, and a little more on the top, and add a block that will
connect the top to the sides. You could radius the exposed corner, of make
it from a contrasting wood.
3rdly, you might just have to make a new cabinet. At least it's a fairly
You could offer the three options to the client and level with her; option
one you'll do for free, option 2 will cost a little extra for the repair,
and option 3 there's no way you can charge for another entire cabinet so
you'll lose your shirt. Or, if you think option one will work and the TV
base will fit into a dropped cabinet bottom in the base, tell her you've
solved the problem, and it will actually look better because it will hide
the base, and all you'll see is the tv screen in the cabinet.
Good luck, hope this helps.
And next time, get the spec sheet for the tv before you build! >8^)
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