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Forum topic by hhhopks posted 08-31-2015 04:58 PM 484 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hhhopks

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08-31-2015 04:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question refurbishing repurposing repurposed cabinet armiore entertaiment center tool cabinet

It seems like the era of CRT based design cabinets are over. These cabinets are just too big & bulky to move. These type of furniture are often going cheap. I have just seen a walnut veneer plywood armoire solid walnut trimmings (non-production piece by a professional) for $40 and it is 1/2 price day. For the price, you can’t even buy the hardware. Still no takers. I didn’t get it because it was just too big (probably around 40” across) and will be too hard to get it down to the basement. CL routinely list these cabinets for $100 or less.

Not that I have something to offer but I am hoping other LJ members may have. I would appreciated if you can share with us with your ideas or how you have repurposed this style of obsolete furniture. What is the new function? What are some of the conversion challenges. It would be great if you have pictures. Thanks in advance for sharing.

Because of the significance of cost saving and time, I am thinking of getting one and convert it to a hand tool storage cabinet. Since there are so many out there, I seems that I can offer to be little bit picky.

  • Two piece (upper/lower) for ease of moving.
  • Hardware veneer plywood (Cherry, Maple, walnut, Oak…..etc).
  • Bottom unit with doors but I can live with drawers.
  • Ease of converting door openings hardware (using piano hinges).

So I am thinking of repurposing something like this:

Turn it to something like this:

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS


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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 08-31-2015 04:59 PM

That’s a great idea, but what would I do with all my pegboard?

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Clarkie

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#2 posted 08-31-2015 05:04 PM

Been thinking about doing the same thing for awhile now. At first thought of putting one in the shop for storage, but after seeing this one, could be a nice display cabinet for old tools. Many guys are turning them into bars, or for kitchen storage cabinets, not the really big ones of course.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 08-31-2015 05:24 PM

You can obviously make a nice tool cabinet out of one of these.

I used to have an open carport for a shop. It did have one wall which was the back wall of the house. I used an antique wardrobe similar to this to store my tools in. The back of the wardrobe was against the back wall of the house but at least the wardrobe was under the roof. It kept dry but it wasn’t an ideal situation. After a few years I was able to enclose the carport for a more proper shop. My tools survived the ordeal. I did keep a padlock on the doors and nobody ever bothered it. The way crime has grown I bet that they wouldn’t have survived a year ‘now a days’.

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