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post #1 of 5 Old 09-18-2016, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Reuse/up cycle/refurbish cabinetry HELP!

Am new to this forum. I have inherited a bulky custom made cabinet in my new house. Problem is the to space is too small, too low and the top is too high to accomodate a tv. It's a beautiful custom made piece with plenty of storage (see photos).

Was wondering if it is feasible to rip the top off and re utilise this in some form of shelving cabinets to make a 'full wall shelf'. In order to do this the shelves either side of the centre tv space needs to be cut into slightly. My working knowledge of cabinetry is next to nil and my vision is to break it apart and rebuild like Lego. However I realise that this is not that simple. Help!

Or should I just ditch the whole thing and have it totally removed? That would be such a waste thou.

Photos are whole cabinet, left, centre, right console, side view and inspiration.

Cabinet is 98cm high, 67cm deep and 332cm wide.

Thanks in advanced for any advice.
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A very nice cabinet. Much too nice to discard.
I actually prefer a TV to sit high, but if you can't use it in the house, maybe you can put it to good use in your garage for storage.
If you attempt to cut it down to lower the height, you will be getting into a very major project. I'm not saying it can't be done. But I don't know your ability for such a major redo.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Thanks mate. I don't envision I will be doing the work. The scope at the moment is too much for this project. Do you think a cabinet maker will bother with a job like this? As I think the top is glued on, and the job requires some creative and flexible thinking.
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The only way you are going to find out if someone local can and will do the job and their price is to ask someone local.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-19-2016, 07:36 AM
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I think you will find out it would cost more money to get someone to modify that cabinet than it would cost to just build a new one. If you were doing the work yourself then the labor cost wouldn't be a factor.
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