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    Tossing around ideas - when your given lemons make lemonaide

    LOML has announced since (hopefully) my son and his wife will be moving out soon that we need to do something with the wall that their wide screen occupies. She has it in her head to buy a flat screen 36-42" and wants me to build a book case (?) to put it on. Now while most of use are thinking entertainment center I didn't just fall off of a turnip truck and after 40 years of marriage I know she is thinking simple. So my first instinct is to built something and hope she will like it. I have plenty of time to do this so we can over design this thing to death. Hear is my first pass at a design. This is simple but well different.
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    Last edited by Don Baer; 01-21-2012 at 10:14 PM.
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    Need something to hide the cords.....for sure according to Garry.


    And depending on area maybe some doors to keep out most dust...

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    I would still fasten it to the wall.
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    Some form of back or bracing to prevent racking and make it a bit more sturdy?
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    That seems way to simple for you Don. You get this kind of thing at Ikea cheaper than you could make it. Go on you gotta embelish this design a little.
    cheers

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    We started off thinking that direction, too, Don. That's why I'm in the middle of my credenza build. However, we realized it would be far better to put the TV on a wall mount and free up the top of the credenza for display.

    For cable concealment, I cut a hole in the wall just under the wall mount and a matching hole at normal outlet height below it. Our credenza will hide the cables behind it, of course, and I'm incorporating cable management into the interior of the cabinet.

    As to weight, we have a 55" LG and it weighs all of 52lb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Now while most of use are thinking entertainment center I didn't just fall off of a turnip truck and after 40 years of marriage I know she is thinking simple. So my first instinct is to built something and hope she will like it.
    Happy Wife == Happy Life... No turnip trucks here either, Don!
    You've done some nice Maloof stuff, haven't you? I think I'd pull out my copy of "The Furniture of Sam Maloof" and do some browsing to see... maybe one of his dressers or sideboards could serve as a starting point.

    I don't have a flat screen (yet) so I don't know about the whole wall vs table mount argument. The wall mount does give you some height and free up the cabinet top, but it does also pretty much lock it into place. On the other hand, TVs don't really move that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    ... On the other hand, TVs don't really move that much.
    Especially when it's one of the larger units!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    I would still fasten it to the wall.
    I'm with Bart , when we got our flat screen I really wanted a bigger one - but no the entertanment center had to stay . I would have wanted a bigger set to go on the wall myself . And I could have build something to go under it for eye off-set if she had wanted it .............MB
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    OK after throwing out a few Ideas to SWMBO and getting "the look" I know she definitly won't be happy if I get carried away. she has her mind made up so it's gotta be a bookcase so here's take two.
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