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Old 02-25-2014, 10:05 PM   #1
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351 DS creative cabinet space mod

I noticed that behind the bedroom TV there is a huge open cavity of wasted space. Here is my mod.

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This is what it looks like after the TV is removed and the panel is cut out. I thought I would be able to just remove the panel behind the TV, but it turns out that it is 5/8 plywood and it is part of the cabinet structure, so I just had to use a jigsaw and cut out around the frame.

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I Blue taped the finished edge then sanded and finished the cut 5/8 plywood edge.
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I put a new 120v box and outlet as well as an outlet for the low voltage coax cable.

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I put 2x2 wood to support the 5/8 plywood shelf. I had to cut the shelf down the middle to fit it in the hole. I use 1/4" ply to finish the sides. then stained everything as close as I could.

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I routered a piece of 3/4" ply for the cabinet front. It didn't have to be perfect, because it is mostly behind the TV. I used two 12" piano hinges at the top and cut out the power cord and AV inputs. I didn't want to add a typical mount, because it would stick out too far.

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Sorry for the two sideways photos. I couldn't figure out how to get them from my phone and rotate them properly.
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:51 PM   #2
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wow Preadus,

that's a pretty cool Mod. I never knew there was so much empty space back there.
I've been thinking of replacing that TV with a LED for two reasons. 1- weight reasons and 2-to add a blue-ray player.
But now that you have shown us the light...I think I might do the same but with the LED and have the BR player in the back and gain some room as well.
How long did it take you to do the whole mod?

Very Nice, thanks for sharing
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:46 AM   #3
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That shelf is where I put my BluRay as well. The whole thing took about six hour not including the trips to Lowes. I think it could be done in just a couple hours if you have all of the parts ready to go.
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:19 PM   #4
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Great mod...I do have one question. What did you use to secure the TV and mount when closed?

Again, like the mod!!!
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:27 PM   #5
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How did you get the TV off the wall?
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:48 PM   #6
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351 DS creative cabinet space mod

To get the TV off you have to open the access in the left side cabinet, then reach in with a screw gun and remove 4 screws which holds a piece of 3/4 ply to the cabinet face. The screws have the box looking driver head.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:10 PM   #7
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To secure the Tv I simply installed the same roller type cabinet locks that you see on the drawers below. It worked perfectly. I plan on getting some of those piston style cabinet supports when I can find them so it will stay open while I am using the cabinet.

Does anyone know where to get those piston cabinet supports?
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:17 PM   #8
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CW has them and pretty much best price, about 1/2 or better than West Marine. Also O'Reillys or Advance Auto/Auto Zone have them.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:05 PM   #9
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Very nice job!
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:26 PM   #10
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I agree, nice mod, I've also considered doing something with all that wasted space in mine as well!! Thanks for the info and ideas!!!
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