Man this was exactly what I was looking for! I ordered two pneumatic lifts that will eliminate the need for a hasp to hold the cabinet shut.
I also took someone else's advice and purchased a piano hinge as well.
I'm also taking someone else's advice and replacing the table top with 3/4" vice the 1/2" thats there now.
I have to take the front panel and hardware off anyway to paint the unit so I'll tear it down, paint it and then install the new hardware for a finished product.
I'll post some pictures of it when its all said and done.
Thanks everyone for the expert advice!