My collection of vintage televisions, which once numbered six or seven sets, has slowly been reduced to one diminutive little Singer 5 inch portable. The big, wood cabinet Admiral on metal legs that served as the front entryway table in our last house was the longest hanger-on from the collection, but alas, fell victim to our last move.
A lot of people probably consider a brand new Sony 27 inch television a stylish addition to their environment, but for me it was a big ugly plastic assault on my sensibilities. I just can’t shake my affinity for the mid-century sets. I had been toying for some time with the idea of building a custom housing for a modern television, or adapting the cabinet from a vintage set to hold the innards from a modern TV. I decided instead to make a cabinet that looked like an old TV, but held our entire AV stack in addition to the TV itself.
The cabinet is basically a big birch ply box with 3 sections, one up top for the TV, and 2 down below, one for all the other components, and a smaller, vertical compartment for media storage. The top half door is glassed in, and opens for clear viewing, or swiveling of the large turntable that holds the TV. The bottom panel including the mock control panel is a single inset door, covered in radio grille cloth which I ordered from grillecloth.com
The base is kind of a Heywood Wakefield inspired job made of solid rock maple. An old set of rabbit ears completes the motif.