How to turn a Vintage Zenith Radio Cabinet into a Lighted Bar Part 3: Cabinet Work
Starting with cutting the door, the interior of the cabinet needed to be reconfigured to make it workable.
My across-the-street neighbor has a nice woodshop in his second garage, so I asked to borrow his table saw to cut the door.
I finished up the top and bottom with a hand saw.
The interior of the cabinet required removing the shelf and all its supports, and reinforcing areas that bear weight. Chiseling out these little triangular shelf supports was the worst part of this. They tended to splinter instead of coming out cleanly.
Once the shelf was out, I used it to template out the two shelves I intended to reinstall into the bar. I made the shelves out of some MDF I had laying around. I used clamps and wood glue to secure everything. I was planning on using a piano hinge to hang the door, I used that to double check the width of the reinforcement pieces I glued in to the front.
I glued in the new shelves and some reinforcement for the hinges.
Once the hinge area was reinforced, I put the new shelves in, including to smaller ones in the top area.
Up next is the finish work on the wood. I'll turn that over to my wife, since she did all the refinishing.