How to Build a Television Cabinet
Build a cabinet extension to hide electronic equipment on top of an armoire. Follow these step-by-step instructions.
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Materials and Tools:
flush spackling compound
3/4" quarter round
2 small brass utility hinges
2" door casing
2 brass doorknockers
latex flat paint (black)
spray paint (black metallic, flat dark brown)
dark copper craft paint
1. Measure the top of the armoire/cabinet you want to place the TV cabinet on. Measure the width and depth of your TV to get the dimensions for the extension cabinet. The featured unit measures 17 inches by 36 inches for the top and bottom and 17 inches by 18 inches for the two sides.
2. Cut the plywood to size using a circular saw and a guide to make straight cuts. Attach the pieces together by first drilling pilot holes along the edges so the plywood won't split. Run a bead of glue along the edges and secure with finish nails. Counter-sink the nails and fill the holes with flush spackling compound. Let dry.
3. Leave one side of the back open to accommodate the back of the TV and all the cables. Measure the inside of the box and attach a small back to the opposite side. Put a cantilevered shelf to the side and back on the side of the cabinet with a back and support the shelf with ¾-inch quarter round (figure A).
4. Cut the doors to size and attach the hinges to them after drilling pilot holes. For added detail, frame each door and the cabinet sides with mitered door casing. Cut the molding to length using a miter saw and attach the pieces using a bead of wood glue and finish nails to hold it secure (figure B).
5. To dress up the sides, center and attach two inexpensive brass doorknockers from the inside of the box just as any cabinet knob would be. Since the knockers are intended for thicker doors, the included screws are too long, so use shorter ones.
6. Use glue and small brads to attach wooden appliqués as desired to the front and the sides for even more detail.
7. Prime the entire cabinet and doors apply flat black paint once dry. Let dry.
8. Lightly dust the surface with a fine spray of black metallic paint and follow that with a light application of dark brown flat spray paint once it's dry. Brush highlights on using dark copper craft paint. Let dry and screw the doors in place.
9. Attach felt pads to the bottom to protect the finish of the other cabinet.
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