This is my first instructable, and I apologise, I did not take pictures of the entire process, I did not think to about posting to instructables, but next time I will.
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!
So I took out the 'lectronic guts, tubes, speaker, spiders, and old mouse droppings... Removed a lot of screws...
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.
Step 2: Take It Outside!
Ok, the dust portion of the show started. I had to move it ouside lest we die of dust inhalation.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Added Wine Rack,Painted black, LED's, Mirrors, (and not in picture, white Christmas lights.) And most importantly, Single Malt Scotch.
Step 4: All Done!
It was a fun project. I have my next project in mind, maybe one of those 1970's record player big long consoles would make a good bar and mp3 player dock stereo system. When I find one at a garage sale, I will take more pictures of the creation process.