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Old 07-13-2009
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Default Another Aft TV Renovation

This two-day project turned out to be more like two weeks, but it is DONE!

When removing the old TV there appeared a huge cavern just dying to become light storage. This installation boxes in the cavity and uses a sliding plywood panel in grooves with a hinged mounting plate for the TV. It isn't as easy to get into as a plain cabinet door, but it is very functional.

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Ron,

What keeps the door/TV panel shut? I don't see any catch on it. Looks good!
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Ron, Two weeks to do a two day job? Yep, that's about right. Nice when it works out though isn't it?
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Nice work, looks great!




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This two-day project turned out to be more like two weeks, but it is DONE!

When removing the old TV there appeared a huge cavern just dying to become light storage. This installation boxes in the cavity and uses a sliding plywood panel in grooves with a hinged mounting plate for the TV. It isn't as easy to get into as a plain cabinet door, but it is very functional.

Here are seven pictures of the process.
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Ron,

What keeps the door/TV panel shut? I don't see any catch on it. Looks good!

John,

In the lower left picture (place your cursor over the thumbnail and it shows the title 6 TV Mounted jpg) it appears that the RED HANDLE locks the TV/Door closed. Open up the picture and then click on it to enlarge it and click on it again to enlarge it even further and near the handle you can read the instructions for opening and closing, as well as locking the door that Ron has added, this is a very nice touch!!
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John, the other John is correct. The red handle is the lock. It's a piece of aluminum that pivots and is painted red so it is obvious in the unlocked position. When rotated left, it is hidden. There is a piece of rubber bonded to it to assist vibration reduction, and the whole thing is isolated pretty much by foam rubber at the contact points, and a couple of pieces of rubber hose on the bottom (had to be firmer, but since that rubber hose won't allow sliding the TV closed, the hose is covered with hdpe straps cut from a milk jug.)

What didn't show well in the picture is the strap that stops the slide from coming out too far; that would NOT be good. It is attached on the TV end with a canvas twist lock for easy removal and is sewn from basement liner, or trunk liner as it is called.

Now I have to figure out what to do in the front end. There are lots of installations in this forum to give me ideas, though mine will have to be different. My wife is extremely visually impaired, so the TV will probably rest on the table behind the driver's seat where she can get close to it. It will stow in the couch drawer when driving. I am thinking of making the old TV location into a media center or a bookshelf. (I don't think I need to worry about jack-rabbit starts dumping books on me....) (...unless you magnificent wizards have come up with a nitrous oxide injection system I haven't heard about....)
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Ron, Two weeks to do a two day job? Yep, that's about right. Nice when it works out though isn't it?
John, in estimating these hobby jobs a professional furniture builder said to take the hour estimate, change it to weeks, and double it. Or did he say, take the weeks and turn it into months and double it? I can't remember. Same difference. I do know that it is very, very good that I am not an estimator for a commercial operation. Wouldn't last long. Maybe that's what happened to Blue Bird?
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Ron,

Sounds like she needs to find an Optometrist who specializes in low vision. They should be able to fit her in better eyewear to minimize some of the contortions it sounds like she's having to do. If you can't find anybody, let me know- I will be able to through the association.
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Ron,

Sounds like she needs to find an Optometrist who specializes in low vision. They should be able to fit her in better eyewear to minimize some of the contortions it sounds like she's having to do. If you can't find anybody, let me know- I will be able to through the association.
Thank you John. We appreciate your offer. However, Dorinda got macular degeneration when she was eight years old, so there is only a little peripheral vision left, nothing anyone has been able to improve with glasses. She can't see much, but boy does she ever love to meet Blue Birders.
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