My wife and I are getting our first LCD TV and needed something for the video equipment that was in the bottom of our old rear projection TV
I found this through an online search, and liked it because it said it was real wood. It has parts of real wood - the top, frame, back, and cabinet doors, but the rest is particle board covered with veneer. It should hold up, especially since all we'll be putting on the top is a center channel speaker, and maybe some pictures.
I put the thing together by myself, but it was more like 6 hours than the 3 other people have assembled it in. I wasn't impressed by the manual; its definitely not up to iKea's level.
I had to drill out the door hinge mounting screw holes in the cabinet frame. It seems the optimum drill size is 7/64's.
Its darker in real life, as other people have said, than in the pictures. However, the touchup pen matches it perfectly. Its a good thing they sent a touchup pen, as there were two bare streaks on the handle side of the right hand door that I had to practically paint with the pen to get it to match the rest of the finish.
I wish I had realized how red it would be. I had a choice of a black center channel speaker, or cherry, and chose black. It is a universal color, so its not a bad choice, but I think cherry would have worked better.
I had a couple of walnut Advent speakers on the cabinet for a while, and the walnut matched the Summit Oak almost perfectly. In fact, I used the touchup pen to fix some dings on the speakers.
I customized the cabinet, too. The center is just wide enough for a video component, and the sides aren't, so to make room for a third component, I'm using the space that was for the drawer as a component bay.
There's a vertical cutour in the center of the back for cables to run through, but nothing else.
I cut a couple of 2-1/4" holes in the center of the back, low enough for the third component bay, so I could run cables to that component. I cut from the front to the back to minimize visible splintering.
I also have a UPS that my wife wanted moved so I could push my audio stack closer to the wall,
so I cut a couple more 2-1/4" holes in the bottom right for the power cables to run through.
Finally, we liked being able to roll our projection TV around, so instead of putting the legs on, I bought 4 2" swiveling casters and attached them with #8-1" wood screws. The cabinet sits about 2" lower than normal, but that allows the TV screen to be closer to eye level.
One insert for a cam stud was missing from the front frame, but it doesn't seem to be affecting the cabinet. There are a few pin holes in the top, but nothing extreme.
The cabinet also has a lot of storage. I have some CD storage boxes I got from Amazon, and used them to organize a lot of CDs, videos, and DVDs. Two fit perfectly in the top half of a side cabinet.
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