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:
- electric drill & bit
- skill saw
- hot glue gun
Step 1: Disassemble the Beast
The first thing I did was snip off the main electrical wire. I figured this would keep me from being tempted to plug this thing in. Rat urine apparently had corroded the power supply, the main transformer, and many of the electrical components beneath the chassis. This chassis was shot, but I will probably salvage a few items from it and try to find a rebuilder who might want the picture tube.
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)....