Icebox Conversion

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Project by greg48 posted 11-16-2015 09:14 PM 1447 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yup, it’s done. Finally finished the icebox rebuild and conversion (2nd one). If you care to follow the two part blog, follow the [link], if not then read on.

Starting with an old oak icebox (circa 1920) with severe joint failures and botched fixes, I was able to pull the box together without to many obvious repairs, as the client did not want the piece refinished so as to retain it’s “patina”. If nothing else, it still has plenty of that.

Not wanting to make any permanent changes to the original ice box, the conversion to a wine cabinet was accomplished with some inserted wine racks (2) and a mirrored tray to cover the ice block tray and used as a glass and implement tray. The tray was simply a mitered frame with a 1/4” Baltic birch piece dadoed into the frame and a piece of 1/8” mirror fitted into the opening.

The wine racks were constructed with 1” x 3/4” thick red oak pieces dadoed into 1 1/2” vertical members with the vertical pieces held in place with 1/4” red oak slats dadoed on the top, bottom, and a couple of mid span sections. In order to temporarily hold all the pieces during the glue up, I placed 1” pin nails on the undersides of the pieces.

The finish on the racks and tray is simply a couple coats of Watco Danish Oil.

That’s all there is, thanks for look’in in. Off to another project; grand daughter sent me some pics of American Girl furniture that she would REALLY like to have. The fun never ends.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 11-16-2015 09:34 PM


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#2 posted 11-16-2015 11:27 PM

Yes, very nice.

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#3 posted 11-17-2015 03:46 PM

Great job, love it.

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#4 posted 11-17-2015 05:50 PM

This is awesome!

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#5 posted 12-03-2015 12:05 PM


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#6 posted 01-13-2018 05:45 PM

You really have done a fine job on this project and is a wonderful conversion.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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