I've seen a couple of variations on removing the TV in the bedroom of our 351 on this site and making a usable space. Thanks to those for the ideas! I went a slightly different route.
I first removed the TV from behind via that small access panel in closet. Removed the top drawers under the panel where TV was. Using a light and viewing the back of panel through access I realized that large board is attached by staples all around perimeter. Stapled from rear towards front into back of face frame.
I used a pry bar and started at one of the lower corners and pried off that entire panel without damaging face frame and without cutting any wood.
Next made backing frames with 2"x2" wood and cut a board for a shelf from 1/2" plywood.
I used 1/4" birch plywood and made side panels. Installed a low voltage box and a new outlet as others have done. I then installed 3 hinges on right side face frame with a small backing strip. Cut a tongue and grooved pine board to size to have 1/8" of clearance on all sides of face frame and installed.
I cut out holes for wiring, stained everything and mounted TV on board.
That just left strapping the cables so not to pinch when opening and closing.
I did recess it about an inch and raised it 2.5".
You can access side plugs also.
I used a spring roller latch to keep it closed.
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