The clients in this case needed a television cabinet that fit with an existing suite of furniture. The bun feet, rounded ash corner posts and plain panel cabinet doors are the major design elements used to meet that goal. I had some perfectly clear, wide board Scottish pine on hand that I used for the top. The rest of the piece is done in radiata pine. I prepared 24 separate samples to come up with the right finish.
The clients specified top doors to close off the television when not in use and said they'd be fine with doors that opened out, or even one door that swung down. To avoid an "elephant ears" look while watching TV, I recommended top doors that retract along the inside cabinet wall when opened. This was done using specialized hardware with Euro hinges. Traditional hinges were used to hang the two lower doors that open onto storage space and an adjustable shelf.
The piece is finished with an undercoat of diluted shellac to reduce blotching (a common problem with pine), two gel stain coats, another of shellac and three coats of water based lacquer to provide a hard topcoat for the soft pine.
Dinensions: 36 inches wide by 18 inches deep and 41 inches high.