My dad has a built in entertainment center that is buit to accommodate an old CRT television. As such, the entertainment center itself is fairly deep (call it 24" or so), but the cavity for the television itself exposes a 24" high by 27" wide area. There is, however, a 2" overhang wherein the shelf on which the TV would sit stands proud of the cavity, extending further than the wall.
Looking at new 40" flat screen TVs, I see that the most common width appears to be something on the order of 32", meaning that any 40" TV I get to fill the cubby heightwise would extend beyond the cubby intended, and spill over into the cubby next to it.
Because of the 2" shelf, I see no problem if and only if I could somehow mount the TV securely.
Unfortunately, the sentimental value of the entertainment center is such that replacing it or even cutting it is out of the question.
I am considering 2 options:
Mount the TV to a stud behind the entertainment center.
Mount the TV directly to the wood (and it is real wood) of the entertainment center itself.
I don't like Option #1, because it would involve some really tricky mounting, in a small space, and the bracket would have to extend more than 2 feet to get the TV to stand proud of the cubby's side.
The question is, can one mount the bracket directly to the inside wood? It is real wood, although its only an inch thick or so. Is that enough? Alternatively, if I drilled through that shelf, but backed it into a sistered joint, would that hold?