My daughter and her husband have a small house. They maximized their space by concealing their media equipment in a closet directly behind their large TV. That left their living room looking like a bowling alley! They wanted a cabinet to sit under the TV, but because their room is very narrow they didn't want it to be as deep as most cabinets available for purchase. I spent several weekend days shopping with my daughter for the "perfect" piece. It had to be the right depth, longer than the TV, and cheap! Finally, I just didn't want to shop anymore! I told her I might be able to make something that would work.
I think she doubted that I was serious, so when I told her I'd purchased material to make their cabinet, a look of concern crossed her face! I can only imagine what she was thinking - probably "Oh my gosh, am I really going to have to put some horrible looking thing in my living room just so I don't hurt my Mom's feelings??"
Well, I think my first real project was a success. It's not perfect, but most of my goofs are hidden, and this media/wine cabinet looks nice in their living room. It's the perfect size for their space, too. I also made them 2 coordinating end tables. (I made 2 end tables just like this one for a coworker.)