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How many times have you wanted to be on TV? Now you can be "in" the TV with this great TV set cutout/frame/stage. Can also be used as a puppet stage.

You've heard of HD... now this is a 3D ready set, tuned into reality. The picture is so life-like and the details are just amazing. Stunning clarity with perfect color rendition.

This project started out as my daughter's 2nd grade teacher had a great way to teach kids on how to summarize current events/news and introduce them to public speaking by letting them "broadcast" their news stories. Previously, another parent had constructed something similar to this but made out of cardboard. It had worn out before the next class started so...

If we can put a man on the moon, we certainly have the technology to make a kid-proof prop. Luckily, I had scrap materials laying around and the bezel from a 27" console TV that needed a home.
 
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Step 1: Old news...

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This project was done a couple of years ago so I hope the pictures are enough to get someone started. I don't have measurements since everything was fitted to the bezel.

The bezel is from a 27" wood floor console TV that had to go bye-bye. I had actually gutted out the TV guts and saved the console cabinet to make a computer desk by attaching a keyboard drawer where the tube use to be. I rewired the built-in stereo speakers to hook up for great computer sound. They don't make TVs in furniture anymore and all that good wood cabinetry was a shame to waste.

CAUTION!
Don't go poking around the insides of a TV. It contains high voltage capacitors which can discharge even when the set is unplugged. I took the approach of disarming a bomb...safety glasses, check, gloves, check, clip the red wire, no, clip the blue wire,...clockstopper on..did you hear that... It takes at least two people to handle the glass TV tube with all of the electronics disengaged. The shape is awkward, slippery and heavy. Don't drop it on your toes!

I guess your TV/electronics repair shop may have some bezels around in case you don't have one to extract. I was saving the bezel to maybe make a cool picture frame but this purpose came up. If you can't get hold of a real bezel, just get some thin square wood moulding to apply to the frame opening to simulate a bezel. Paint it a contrasting color like the real thing and add a logo of some sort using a metallic paint marker pen. But hey, nothing beats a S@ny.

Using 1x3 lumber stock, make a square frame to fit around the bezel. I had my handy dandy pocket hole drill and jig to connect the pieces together but you can use any variety of carpentry methods to joint the wood (biscuits, dowels, lap joints, etc.)

The bezel can be glued in place using adhesive caulk. I use caulk because it will fill in the wide gaps from the irregular edges it will have from the way it was mounted in the real TV.

(*Design change from picture* I would add an extra side piece to make each of the sides of the front panel have an L shape. This would allow room to better attach the curtains, carrying handle and newscrawl to keep out of the way when the sides are folded in.)

Add short pieces as legs for the TV which extend out front a bit. This serves to prevent the TV from tilting over if you knock it forward. You can't see it from the photo but the 2nd block or layer on the leg was notched to prevent the sides from extending too far out when opening.

Create the two sides. The sides are meant to fold in to make the unit portable. I made a wooden frame to simulate the profile of a TV. It was covered with a piece of hardboard. Thin plywood would do or if you have a piece of leftover paneling to use. Trim the edges and attach feet to match the height of the front panel. The sides are attached to the front panel with heavy duty hinges.

Paint the TV silver or black depending on your preference. I painted the inside of the TV a gloss white because that is what I had laying around.

Attach toilet paper holders to the side panels or to the front of the TV sides. Use adding machine calculator roll paper to make a loop of paper so that you can create your scrolling news flash. If you flip an end of the paper before gluing together, you can create a moebius strip to get a longer message. This is low-tech. Others can add a scrolling LED banner sign.

vortash5 years ago
Your daughter looks a happy and well loved child , who obviously has a father she can twist around her little finger ....just like mine lol and all of my 4 kids are over 25 now and can still do it ha ha ha all the best Catlins dad Regards Vortash.. UK
caitlinsdad (author)  vortash5 years ago
Greetings, most senior member of the club.
Gortess5 years ago
wow! first pic i thought u matched the tv to the backround :[)
Are you Vietnamese?
Chào Em, ban có khoe không? Tôi là nguoi Trung quoc. :)
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I thought I would try to respond in Viet but the special characters don't work. I am Chinese. Ni hao?
COOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!! *adds another chinese to list of international friends*
Derin Keith-Kid5 years ago
can you add me to the list as a Turk?
Keith-Kid Derin5 years ago
Consider yourself added. I have a Turkey friend! (Too soon?)
Derin Keith-Kid5 years ago
Grrrrr im not a fowl im a citizen of the country which made lots of revolutions and made the Turkish Republic from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire
Keith-Kid Derin5 years ago
I know. That was my first history lesson last year. It's easier to remember if you picture the fights as fowls fighting, though. /:D
I'm a horrible person....
Derin Keith-Kid5 years ago
Naw,you're cool...
Keith-Kid Derin5 years ago
I am, aren't I?
Derin Keith-Kid5 years ago
Yeah... Sarcasms not included,takes two AA sized sarcasms
Derin Keith-Kid5 years ago
it would be funny...
caitlinsdad (author)  Keith-Kid6 years ago
COOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!! *adds another godzilla-kid to list of reptilian friends*
lol
Cool!
Derin5 years ago
Nice!I am making a computer screen for the same purpose,right now.My materials are paper,tape and skewers for the skeleton.
Keith-Kid6 years ago
The image quality is amazing! Its like I can literally go 'in' the movie!

I do no understand the complex machinery and circuits in this thing, but it is amazing!

I can't wait until this fascinating technology is available! Imagine - watching a soda commercial - and reaching inside the TV and actually drink it

This is gonna be big! Big! Big I tell ya!

You should patent this technology and its secrets while you can. There's no telling when someone will make a detailed step-by-step instructional guide on how to make this. It will be easily doable, losing you the chance to make millions.
hcold6 years ago
If my parents came home with one of these... disappointment would be staggering. Lucky daughter, by the way.
caitlinsdad (author)  hcold6 years ago
Gee, I hope it doesn't mean your parents took you to the pet store as a kid and told you it was the Auckland Zoo or something...
I like all your stuff, you're posting great ideas for children and stuff, all your stuff is very thoughtful, thanks for another great Instructable (as uguy said), keep up the great stuff!
uguy6 years ago
I hope Caitlin knows how lucky she is to have a dad who is is so involved and dedicated. Thanks for another great instructable! Well done.