I have the very unusual situation of having three projects going on at one time: the built-in project for my daughter’s bath, the TV console for my Dad and today, I am tackling a modest upgrade to our entertainment center. See below:
My entertainment center (EC for short) was a monster project from about six or seven years ago (see my post about it here, including a “before” photo with the old TV). At that time, TVs were square and deep. Now they are rectangular and skinny. To maximize the TV size, I decided to fore go a table top stand and mount the TV to the back of the EC. The problem is, the back is too deep, so I need to build a mount to move the TV forward in the opening.
I still have some wiring to do. I have to admit, I got confused with all the wiring. Some of my components are new and some are older, so I have various levels of technology, for instance I have four HDMI inputs on my TV, but none of my components utilize HDMI. I spent at least an hour or more working through the best way to connect everything.
But this was a quick project as far as the woodworking is concerned. The big take-away from this project is to plan everything out in advance. The little mount I made worked as planned, but I had to design it so that it could be easily removed. The TV fits so tightly to it’s opening that to change any of the wires, I will have to un-screw the mount and slide all of it forward with out scratching the finish on the table top.
I have plans to design a new EC that will allow me to move up to an even larger TV. When that happens, the lower section of my current EC will become a chest of drawers. But, this is a project that is several years away, because this weekend upgrade extends my current EC’s life a few more years.
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