Entertainment Cabinet Modifications

“We have a large entertainment cabinet that needs some custom work. We replaced our old built-in television but the new flat-panel is smaller and doesn’t fit. (Check out this ‘before’ photograph.) Can you help us with custom cabinet modifications?” “Yes, I can.”

After a scheduled visit to the home, we agreed to the following:

  • Build large shelf for Television, add 1/4″ backing to create TV compartment.
  • Divide lower section equally and build two raised-panel doors to fit new openings.
  • Build two A/V component shelf units, (1) per side: approx 24″ wide x 20″ deep. (Adjustable)
  • Add an open shelf above TV to create ‘built-in’ look and utility.

The brunt of the work for me was prepping the poplar boards and 4’x8′ sheets of birch plywood with oil-based primer and coats of finish paint. The oil-based painting took far more time than estimated and the increased drying time was lengthy.

To the house, I delivered two new lower cabinets with adjustable shelving. The units and shelves, like all other parts, arrived with 3 coats of enamel. I also brought the one large shelf, one smaller shelf with 2″ edging, some 1/4″ backing, pre-painted nailers and a single mullion to complete the cabinet modifications, which took about 4 hours in-house.

I had to order a large cove profile raised-panel router bit from Amazon (overnight) to match the atypical 1 3/4″ raised-panels. With the new doors completed about a week later, pre-drilling for cup hinges made for a 5-minute install.

“Hey Kim..WE LOVE IT!!! It looks wonderful and Chuck thought so, too.”

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