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Old 07-06-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Sunline Entertainment Cabinet Upgrade

For those of you who have the older Sunline Entertainment Cabinet, this may be an option for you. This cabinet was made for the older CRT TV's. The age of the flat screen sort of changed the need and Sunline parted off the entire top of this I think in the 2006 ish model year. Maybe 2005 but for sure not a 2004.

I have been wanting to do this for a long time. We have been taking the flat screen TV and DVD player out after each campout and towed with the TV face down on the bed. It worked but I also have an organization problem of the upper cabinet. Campfire blankets, rain coats, hats, gloves, heater etc. all jumbled up. And then the his and hers things....

I'll do this in pics. Here is where we started. The old CRT beast. Man it was heavy


Then came the flat screen once analog TV went out. Looks sort of lost in the hole....


And the jumbled up upper cabinet. The pic looks better than it normally is. What you want is always on the bottom....


Now the upgrade was to put the flat screen on a cabinet door to cover up the hole that had a shelf inside. TV would stay on all the time. Started with 30 year old maple cut from the woods of the lower Hudson Valley in NYS. I used to live in this area and I knew is was 30 years.... as I bought a lot of it back then to make my son's cradle, dresser and crib. He turned 30 this year. I kept the left overs and had them up the shed ever since waiting for a special project to use them on. The local mill back in NY cut and planed them for me. Nothing like real clear maple.



And once dried correctly, it still cuts true and no warp. Hard as all heck now but carbide blade cuts it OK


First was to make the outer frame. I'm not a real cabinet maker by any stretch and each time I do one of these things I learn some more. Now to cut the edges and glue the frame together. I used a dado in the bench saw. Did not have the router bit to make this cut, went old school.


Here is the frame glued up waiting to dry


And the corner joints


Now add the inner frame which is part to hold the TV


Added a center piece to stiffen the TV mount and make it rigid


And the back on with more reinforcement for the TV.


Now it was off to finishing. I had some custom stain made up at the Sherwin Williams store a while ago and it matches really well. Here is the start of the shelves and the TV door.

The new shelf up top


Shelf up top and the door front


The lower cabinet shelf and door open


The TV door closed before mounting the TV. I had to make a special pin latch in the lower right that acts like a dead bolt when closed to not come open towing down the road.


Now the TV mounted and the shelves loaded. His and hers shelves and no mixing up or jumbled up...


The front view


And the Movie RV playing....


We can also swing open the TV to see it better as needed with our floor plan to help Cindy who sits on the couch. I'm the swivel rocker guy.

Thanks for looking

John
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Beautiful job, and excellent color match on the stain!

I'm glad to see you used the original style hinges instead of a piano hinge. I imagine the TV isn't all that heavy and those four should hold it all fine.
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Nice job! I'm pretty sure our flat panel TV spot has some wasted space behind it, because there's a massive cabinet above it and the water heater and storage below.
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Another excellent John B mod...............
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Great job!
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Aren't u the crafty one. Nice job
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Nice job! I'm pretty sure our flat panel TV spot has some wasted space behind it, because there's a massive cabinet above it and the water heater and storage below.
Aren't we all looking for that extra storage space. To much junk LOL.
Found extra storage under switchback bench.
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Gee, Thanks folks!

I have not made a mod on the camper is a while. Been too busy in the fix it department with tires, awning, slide seals etc. I had forgot how therapeutic it is to build a mod. Very good for the stress relief of the every day grind.

Jon, the hinges... what you did not see is the scraped piano hinge. Thge quality of the junk you get at the big box lumber yards now can be pretty bad. I started with a piano hinge concept, had 2 main issues.

The first was the quality, this thing was so thin and cheap I was afraid the screw heads would pull out of the hinge. The days of Stanley and or National making good qualty hardware are hard to find. This off branded thing was not thick enough for them to even countersink the holes for flat head screws. They just put big holes in the hinge to the very tip of the screw kissed it. That was the 1st spike in the coffin.

Then it dawned on me to hide the hinge I can only get 90 degrees of opening and was going to eventually lead to breaking something by accidentally leaning on it. So I went with the original style where I can get about 150 degrees of opening. I have wood pads inside the cabinet on the bottom so when the door is closed the hinges are not taking any vertical bouncing load going down the road. It is wood on wood.


The stain match, this was a tip from Tweety a long time ago. She did a door in her T-2753 and went and came back with custom stain so I did too. A quart can last a bunch of mods. You just take them a door and some bare new wood you are going to use and they create the custom stain. Again Sherwin Williams paint stores here locally.

Too much junk....LOL I'll say... There is always some kind of unused space that a little work can turn into useful space to hold more "stuff'...

Thanks

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WOW John!!!!! That is quality there!

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I love it. Really nice looking and great woodworking.
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John, you continue to amaze. Beautiful design and execution, and the color match is flawless.
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well done!.....Oh by the way, where is the thumbs up icon?
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OMG! This is exactly what I was talking to DW about doing to our trailer this past weekend. I haven't been on the forum much due to being busy with work and then tonight I finally got a chance to start doing some catchup on post and I see this one. Thanks John, you have just save me a lot of time trying to figure out exactly how to go about building this.

As always John, this is an awesome idea and a great job.!
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