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I had a console television. Some of us here are experienced ( old ) enough to remember them

I’m pretty sure the TV quit working and it was deemed scrap but I just couldn’t bear to trash the cabinet. So I took things apart, scrapped the innards and made one heck of a mess. Inside the cabinet was black dust and dirt and a lot of electrical stuff.

I moved the bottm rail up and cut a drawer in using a simple wood glide. A little bees wax keeps it in order.

It has earned it’s keep and then some. We have moved it twice along with other furniture in our moves to new/different homes. The pictures show that it’s been moved, banged and somewhat abused but I guess it’s here to stay.

My apologies for the boring post but I just had to share one of my original saves.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#1 posted 07-24-2018 02:28 PM

Why not ? This is a great use of a throw away from the past. Goodon’ya mate for demonstrating an eye for utility and a hand to design and carry it out !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 02:34 PM

I love this great idea Dick …. thanks for sharing :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 02:44 PM

Excellent re-use and better than throwing it out. Also an interesting challenge in modifying an existing structure.

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 03:02 PM

i hate to admit but i am old enough to remember those monsters.very cool way to recycle something that would normally go to the landfill.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 07-24-2018 03:13 PM

I’m like Pottz. I am old enough to remember those and more to the point. My Dad had a TV repair shop, my job was to check all the tubes, clean the inside of the glass and vacuum it out. As I was the oldest and bigger than my brother I got to help Dad load and unload those heavy beasts.

You did a wonderful job of repurposing that old cabinet.

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#6 posted 07-24-2018 03:30 PM

you must be proud ,mate
great reuse and looks like an art to me
have a nice day,buddy

-- bambi

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#7 posted 07-24-2018 04:31 PM

What a great idea Dick. You sure picked the right name to use on this forum. That is one of the most clever recycles I’ve seen so far, it’s hard to tell it was ever anything else. BTW, your bowl sits on the kitchen counter with fruit in it ever since we received it.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#8 posted 07-24-2018 05:30 PM

Thanks everybody – That was one of the last real wood cabinets that I remember. Kinda hard to believe but the rail that turned into a drawer is really oak. The top has a veneer but the scallops in the top just begged to keep on as something.

btw – the picture of the TV is not the original, it’s just for those that have never seen a REAL tv lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 07-24-2018 06:12 PM

Nice save of some good old decorative wood. it would be a shame to scrap it!! That old picture tube would be a great target…but a mess to clean up after!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 07-24-2018 08:44 PM

These are very nice pieces. Congratulations!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 07-24-2018 09:36 PM

Nice save Dick, I hate throwing away a piece of timber that has some promise for a better second chance ;)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 07-25-2018 12:41 AM

Amazing recycling of the original tv cabinet, the table & drawer look great. Very impressive woodworking.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#13 posted 07-25-2018 01:09 AM

Love it!!! Nice save!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 07-25-2018 03:40 AM

Re purposed projects are on the top of my interests. I have a piano, low height, that was my wife’s grand mothers. Should be made into something nice, like a desk by we have no need for that type of project. idea’s parts are crumbling.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 07-25-2018 05:31 PM

Re-purposing stuff is great…. and you Sir, did a great job!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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