Television to secret compartment

So, I have this old TV that is complete and absolute crap in my room just sitting there, looking ugly. So I got an idea that maybe I could turn it into something else on the inside since it's not super small and it would be funny. Anything would be cool, but I had a couple ideas: fridge bookshelf make the screen a cupboard door to the empty inside aquarium drawer etc

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Flark8 years ago
Aquarium-TV is definitely a cool idea. You could rig the buttons on the television to adjust the lighting and feed the fish :). I'm kind of bummed that I threw out my old TV now. I want a fish-tank-telly.
Schisler7 (author) 8 years ago
Hello again anyone out there, I recently got a mini TV after my dad took the other one I had to use for something else. I already gutted it and everything and then remembered this posting, so I can back to check. Basically, I dodged a bullet there by pure luck when I broke the tube and nothing fatal happened. I'll put up the Instructable once I finish it up.
It is always safest to break off the nib on the rear of the tube first, to avoid violent implosion and the spread of the phosphors inside. Breaking the tube is STILL not recommended !!! Not because of flying glass, but rather because of the heavy metal laden phosphors that become powdered when the glass breaks. Note:

Coated glass is used in a variety of applications within different areas of technology, for example, as a picture tube in television equipment, monitors for computers and surveillance, radar screens, etc. A common factor in all this equipment is that they include several substances that are harmful for the environment, including lead, cadmium, barium, and mercury. A conventional picture tube, or more specifically a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) includes a picture screen manufactured from glass, a funnel or cone shaped part, and a narrow part that accommodates the electron gun. These parts mainly include Si02, Na20 and PbO plus smaller amounts of SrO, BaO, A1202 and CaO. It has been calculated that a conventional CRT on average contains approximately 63.5 % screen glass, 24 % cone-shaped glass, 12 % ferrite metals, 0.4 % grating + the electron gun, 0.4 % chemical sealants and 0.04 % fluorescent powder.

If breathed in, or taken internally (touching them for some of them, allows them to seep into the bloodstream), can be fatal, even if not immediately. Heavy metals are very hard to get rid of and are very accumulative.
Schisler7 (author)  Goodhart8 years ago
Oh that's good news then because I did break off the end, only the small bit of glass at the back of the electron gun. I heard the rush of air so I backed up just in case and waited a bit as well to be sure. Nothing broke other then that.
Oh ok, I thought you had smashed the tube (very dangerous, for many reasons as I outlined above). Yep, you heard the inrush of air into the tube.
So what did you decide on?
Schisler7 (author)  FaqMan8 years ago
You mean either an aquarium or compartment? I'll probably just stick with the compartment/safe thing.
NachoMahma9 years ago
. Be VERY careful when dealing with the picture tube. It can implode and it carries a very high potential that can kill.
Even if not by glass, the heavy metals can cause irreparable damage.
Before doing anything, it might be cool to paint the casing a bright color. That would give it a 70's look.
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