I have an antique china cabinet with windowed doors. I would like to take out the wood in the middle that allows the doors to key lock and thus have an open structure to house my living room tv elegantly. Can I take out that wood bar?

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  • Mitchell thompson Mitchell thompson on May 05, 2021

    Need a picture , but you might be able to take the fastener from the inside and fasten it to the other door , a Picture would be nice

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 05, 2021

    At a visual loss without a picture, we need to see what you are seeing so you can get the best help possible.

    How many doors are there? Are there shelves? Is there glass? What kind of a weight burden is there on the wood you want to remove?

    You could try tapping that bar out gently or sawing it out.

    Please post a picture, that would help greatly.

  • on May 05, 2021

    Usually that bar isn’t structural. It’s usually just there for the doors to latch to. You could be ok. But the shelf inside was designed for the weight of plates and tea cups. It may need reinforced for a tv

  • If the center bar isn't used to hold up the top, you should be OK. Otherwise, you'll lose the integrity of the piece of furniture.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 05, 2021


    Yes, but be sure you are not weakening structure. If so you could use "L" shape bracket to support top

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    • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 05, 2021


      That would depend on how wide the cabinet is and what weight the top had to withstand.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 05, 2021

    Please post a picture so we can see what you are working with.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 05, 2021

    You should be able to do that easily. Use a jigsaw or vibratory saw for a close cut.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 05, 2021

    will a flat screen TV fit into that space? I would measure the height and width first to be sure your TV will fit-

  • Betsy Betsy on May 05, 2021

    Hi Lisa: Well, it depends on how that wood bar was put in. If it was screwed in, not a problem. If it's glued or nailed in, that's a little more tricky. Use a Rotozipsaw or a reciprocating saw with a fine blade. And, you will have to cut a hole in the back where the cord(s) will go. It shouldn't be too hard to do. Just make lines on the shelf you are going to cut so you will have something to follow as you cut.

    Good luck

  • William William on May 05, 2021

    Yeah you can remove the center post. it's just there for closure of the doors.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 06, 2021

    Hello. You can carefully remove the center spine between doors.

    please be aware of potential heat problems using wooden cabinetry. We actually purchased a new wooden TV cabinet and ended up sawing openings in the reverse rear side to allow the electronic equipment to stay cool. It seem to be overheating.

    It’s possible you might need to do the same to you your reverse side back panel of your cabinet —-if —-your electronic equipment becomes unhappy.

  • You should be able to take that part out. After you do, give the cabinet a little wiggle test to make sure it's still stable. If it's not, you might need to stabilize it in another fashion.

  • Lisa Ferrier Lisa Ferrier on May 07, 2021

    thank you that is what I thought!