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Need more information. Such as, how big is this cabinet that the TV is going
to sit in or on? Will there be open spaces on either sides of the TV? Just
off hand, I'm thinking about folding doors that fold right around the
exterior sides of the cabinet. Hardware exists for just this purpose. I've
seen similar cabinets that use this method and they've looked fairly decent
and operated very smoothly. The downside to such a construction is that
you'll need that mostly dead space around those exterior sides and
eventually as I've suggested previouwsly, it might become inconvenient to
open and close them on a regular basis.
And a question about these sliding doors you're thinking about. If it
incorporates tracks at the bottom then they might look a little ugly in my
opinion if they're open to view. Consider how you might hide lower tracks.
If you just go with the doors hanging down from an upper sliding track,
(which is easy to hide) then it's usually advisable to use some sort of
guides at the bottom so the doors don't sway at all.
The best advise I can offer to you is to go window shopping for the exact
type of cabinet and doors you'd like to buy if you had an unlimited
imaginary budget. If you can't then figure out the best method for you to
build it yourself, post some pictures of it to ABPW and someone will tell
you how to construct it. On the off chance that you get some sales person
objecting to you taking pictures of their furniture, just explain that
you're going to show them to the rest of your family. Essentially, that will
be true since we're all part of your extended woodworking family. <g>
A solution to the size and weight would be rail and stile door frames with
panel inserts. If you feel that +/- 48" high inserts are still likely to
warp, then break them up with additional rails. Another thing to consider
with doors that high is where are they going to roll to so the TV is fully
viewable? It occurs to me that they might roll in front of some inset side
cabinets. Done properly, open or closed, they can look very nice and
I just finished planing a bunch of cherry to build this thing for a
The corner joints will be different as will the vertical sides. (A
slight taper towards the bottom.)
The back is hollow, built like a torsion box with raceways for cabling
and the whole thing comes apart for ease of shipment.
When installed, there will be no visible wiring.
I have orders for 6 of these once the prototype (this one is for a 60"
plasma) is approved.
I am now trying to find some decent grommets.
Nice. I like it. It's a nice backdrop, almost like a stage curtain.
I could see it in some QS and highly figured anigre, with an dark
amber honey stain. Or in your case, Sarnian Dark Amber 100% Maple
Syrup stain. Tasty, no? ;)
I use a variety of these when I'm doing my leatherwork. Not sure how well
they'd work with cabling. You might need a heavier, commercial type grommet.
Thanks, dadiOH, Rob and Upscale. (what are your real names, btw? Never
regstereed in my addled brain, sorry).
The picture I showed Afina is this, from Rockler:
Mine would be similar ...
That makes it easy for you. Four rails on each door so they're unlikely to
warp at all. The doors appear to be hinged and when they're open, they're
covering the bookshelves exactly. The only concern you'd have in
construction is making the backside of those doors as finished as the front
if they're hinged doors. If you went with sliding doors, then fully
finishing the back of them is not nearly as important.
There ya go. One set of doors for two different functions/positions. You
just have to make them as pretty from the back as the front.
You do realize, of course, that this would compromise your ability to read
and watch television at the same time.
I was more thinking of these types. I know Lee Valley has some, Doug
Mockett has a lot of very nice cabling solutions, all of them
Mockett is one of the more interesting companies.
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