My father's bar is an old 1920's wooden ice chest that has been refinished. My older brother has laid claim to that particular inheritance some 20 odd years into the future. I however have wanted my own original awesome cool bar to call my own and have my kids fight over whose inheritance it is. Enter the Brother-in-Law.
My Brother-in-Law had this old console TV from the 50's that he had planned to "rebuild" in his apartment for years. His cats use it as a scratching post and it that has been about its life. When he was moving out of his apartment he asked if I wanted it and my immediate thought was build a bar!
I wanted to keep it as TV like as possible, that meant keeping the glass and tv knobs etc. It took a little hacking and engineering, but I am happy with the results. Forgive the pictures, it looks so much better in person. Also the goal was to keep costs low as possible.
Since this is my first instructable, I will probably have to edit the details more as time goes on. Please forgive any inaccuracies, spelling, or general ingnorance on my part.
Step 1: Tear it down!
The Parts list as far as I remember
Set of Soss invisible hinges from Woodcraft. $26
Set of hinges for wine rack door. Free on hand
Brass chain for shelf/liquor cab access. Free on hand
Black paint 10 bucks
Lots of wood putty 5 bucks
Extra plywood to add to drop shelf/access door free on hand
Wood glue free on hand
Grill gloth $15
Oak wood for win rack. Free - pallet wood.