This instructable will show you how I modified my parents' old entertainment center so it looks like one of the new expensive HDTV entertainment centers.
- Hammer / Mallet
- Skillsaw (can use any saw appropriate for wood)
- Wood Glue
- Finish nails (for trim)
Tools recommended but not required:
- Metal Straightedge / Level
Step 1: Remove the Top Trim and Mantle
Use a mallet to remove the top mantle from the sidewalls. Pound in an upward direction.
Note: Mine was glued with wooden pegs for strength, but you need to be more careful if it is attached by metal hardware (nails, screws, etc).
Step 2: Cut Down Side Walls
Measure cut line from the top. The top of the sidewalls were level, so the top is the best place to measure from.
Choose a saw and do whatever you can to ensure the cut is straight. We clamped a metal guide rail to the sidewall then ran a skill saw along the guide. Made a very straight and clean cut.
Step 3: Re-glue Top Mantle and Trim
Glue and place mantle, use the mallet again if the pegs are a tight fit in the holes you drilled. Add a heavy weight on top while the glue dries to ensure a good bond. Can put your tv up there, weighs plenty.
Finally, re-attach the top mantle trim with staples, nails, glue, etc.