Modern day television cabinets have got something in common. The televisions are displayed on them as a piece of art. The massive black screen put on a plinth as something that is to be revered and admired.
Whilst I, from time to time, enjoy revering and admiring the TV, that is by no means a full-time occupation. I enjoy watching shows and the news, but when the machine is switched off, I’d much rather see something else than a dark, square surface.
When my girlfriend stated that she had been on the same line as I had for ages, the design process started. SketchUp was the app to run, as always. I measured up the television and drew up something. Two drawers in the bottom, and four panels making two double hinged doors. I would late add another small strip between the doors and the cabinet to make sure the doors were able to make the way they should.
Then it was on to waiting for a free shipping week at my local wood supplier. This lower grade, pine, plywood would do just fine. On the other hand, using this did make some parts of the finishing process more tedious. I do not enjoy a tedious finishing process.
Seeing as I do not own a table saw, nor a shop large enough to saw up full sheets of plywood, I cut them up in the garden. My Bosh battery saw is on display here, but I actually ended up using my Dremel DSM20. This sly little machine turned out to be a true powerhouse.
I had cut dados in the side panels, and in the middle of the horizontal ones. These neatly took in the mating parts. This is always my favourite part of a project. This time, though, this bit was a bit frustrating due to cold.