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Rescue a vintage TV cabinet

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I picked up this old television at a flea market.  You have to be really careful with these ancient televisions.  These sets carry a lot of voltage, however  it's not necessarily  the voltage that kills you, but the brick wall that the shock throws you through!  ThisTV chassis was too old, rusty, and too dangerous to restore, but the cabinet looked promising.  

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:

- screwdrivers
- electric drill & bit
- skill saw
- hot glue gun
 
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parisusa10 months ago
Excellent! Nice that you chose The Duke in the last photo!
spawnos371711 months ago
Pretty sweet, bro!! Kinda has a steampunk flair to it :)
urban61 year ago
I think this is a Sweet project. Very retro, with a modern twist. I bet it makes a great conversation piece as well. Kudos to you.
agis682 years ago
if i had one that works or leave it as it s or make it oscilloscope....these are my wishful thoughts.
robot7972 years ago
YOU MADE ME CRY
meddler2 years ago
I was going to do the same this to a old Zenith. But the thrift store sold it the day before I had the money to buy it. Drat the luck..
onemoroni12 years ago
Nice, fun, re-purposing project. I have been looking for something like this as a TV or old tube radio to fix up or refurbish. Looking for free stuff.
Urrn3 years ago
What would you call this kind of tv? like model and such?
knife141 (author)  Urrn3 years ago
I have no idea what brand or model this was. The label was gone off the chassis, and the brand painted on the front was so faint it was unreadable.
yaly3 years ago
I could use it as a fish bowl.
davidclarke3 years ago
Shame, you could have attached it to a VERY long extension lead, put it a VERY long way from your house, stuck a finger in ur ear and prayed for ur trip switches then plugged it in to see what happened, of course probably nothing but it would have been interesting to see.. by the way very nice find and nice mod...
knife141 (author)  davidclarke3 years ago
If the power supply had not been so corroded, I probably would have replaced the 20-30 capacitors underneath and tried to fire this beast up, but the corrosion was so extensive I would have never trusted it. Plus, I don't think I own a pole long enough to have turned it on! Thanks for your comment.
robot7973 years ago
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE
that poor tv
splazem3 years ago
Wow. That's awesome.
knife141 (author)  splazem3 years ago
Thank you!
Sure.
toad3 years ago
very cool looking. There are a bunch of these in my parents house but Im afraid of them because they still work. I still want to do this to them.
knife141 (author)  toad3 years ago
Thanks for your comment. If you try this, be sure and discharge the picture tube first. It can hold a huge charge for months after being unplugged. Thanks again.
Presentteck3 years ago
you know if you took the tv out of it's box you could fit the screen to the front better, looking at the picture you took it looks kind of awkward seeing the case on the inside of the screen.

so rip it apart ans fasten the tube to the front, then it'll be a normal tv instead of the inception tv whiten a tv you have now :)
awesome, love the simplicity. Your TV may have options in the tools settings to fiddle with, namely the trapezoid settings. These will allow you to distort the edges similar to the original set would have played them, I know we used to have a similar model that worked. It was odd watching tranformers through it...
knife141 (author)  iminthebathroom3 years ago
Thank you for your comment! I'll have to check to see if this one has trapezoid settings.