I know folks have converted these old cabinets into many different things -- storage cabinets, aquariums, sterio cabinets, and such, but I wanted it to still function as a television. I figured it would be neat to watch old movies on a vintage looking tv, so I decided to gut this cabinet and place a more modern television inside. This turned out to be a fairly simple project, and was completed in one afternoon.
The supplies I used included:
- 3 feet of 2x6 lumber
- 1 small older tv that I already had
- an RF modulator (so I could hook a dvd player to the tv)
- miscellanous pieces of scrap wood
- hot glue
- wood screws
- cleaners & disinfectants
- various scratch removers
Tools required were:
- electric drill & bit
- skill saw
- hot glue gun
Step 1: Disassemble the beast
Removing the chassis was easy. I took off the remaining knob (it was missing all the others), removed the back, removed four bolts from underneath the cabinet, unplugged the speaker, and slid this 50 pound beast out onto the floor (photo 1). I cleaned out about a pound of rat droppings from the case, then cleaned the inside with disinfectant.
With the chassis removed, I now had basically a hollow box (photo 2).
I then removed the four screws holding the speaker and the four screws holding the front lens and began attacking the outside of the case with cleaners and scratch removers. The top and sides of the case were made from some sort of printed masonite, so a full refinish was not an option. Before working on the scratches, of course, I first had to remove the dog (photo 3)....