After it sat unassembled for a few days while I was under the weather, I came home from work to find my awesome wife had put it together for me. It looked great, all glass with aluminium posts and a wooden base/top.
What it didn't have, was a light.
I knew this ahead of time, but now it was time for doing a little modification.
Taking it apart and mounting it upside down was an option, but we also wanted to save space inside the cabinet.
First, measure each side and mark the half-way point.
I used a square (the metal thing in the middle photo on the left) to mark the center of each side and from them mark the center of the area.
The reason I used a square, is it's got a firm, flat, metal edge that you can push against the wood. This ensures your point in the center of the area is straight in, rather than crooked.
Measure the center point from each side... just to make sure you didn't deviate.
A punch is just a cylinder of metal with a pointed end. Kind of like a big nail, except it blunts quickly since you don't want to hammer right through the surface.
Since any furniture you buy these days is made from cheap wood, there was some expected tearing.
Carefully use a knife to clean up the edges.
This is the light that's going in the top of the cabinet. Look how nicely it fits. Probably could have cut the hole a little smaller, but oh well. This is a low profile way of mounting, without a giant ugly electrical box sitting above the cabinet, or an expensive internal solution.
Since this light will be sitting in a hole and couldn't tip, I used some metal strapping to defeat the safety. That said, the weight of the light holds the strapping on, so if the whole cabinet were to tip, the strapping would come off.
As a final note, don't cheap out - take the little extra time and clean dirt, dust and smudges off the glass before you fill it up.