With no experience at all, this guy decides to transform a set of shelf speakers into a clever hiding spot for his booze! I’m not sure if this guy’s in college with roommates that have boundary issues, or what? The fact of the matter is, that with absolutely no experience at all, this guy creates a bookshelf speaker liquor cabinet that’s actually pretty impressive, especially for his first try at a DIY.
Before The Construction: Like so many DIY’ers, this guy forgot to take a ‘before’ picture. Luckily the internet was there to provide a very similar photo to the one he should have taken.
Removed The Face: To begin the process, the face of the speaker box, which will be used later, needs to be removed and set aside.
Deconstruction: The funnest part of a repurposing project is that during the deconstruction process, sometimes you get to smash things!
Foundation Of The New Cabinet: With all the unusable portions of the speaker box removed and set aside, the deconstruction portion comes to an end.
Cut And Place Wood Slats: After cutting the slats to size, you always want to verify that they fit the way they were intended before you proceed.
To Paint Or Not To Paint? If this DIY’er would have painted these slats, he would not have been satisfied with the texture and overall result. He decided to wrap the visible sides with a black contact paper-like material that he kept mislabeling vinyl.
Fitting The Liner: To alleviate the raw wood interior, poster board is cut in preparations to be installed as the inside liner.
Ready To Glue Into Place: After the liner is cut, measured and verified, it’s time to glue it all into place.
More Gluing: As you may have noticed in previous photos, only three sides of the wood slats were wrapped with the contact paper. This was so the fourth side could be glued to the rest of the box and properly adhere.
Cover The Wood: The remaining raw areas of the speaker box are now covered with contact paper as well. It’s starting to come together quite nicely for a first time DIY.
Hold The Door Shut: In this project, it was decided to use magnets to help keep the door shut and help protect the secret stash to be housed inside. For this, holes were drilled in the boxes for placement of a little cylindrical magnet.
Line ‘Em Up: Be careful to make sure that the magnets are going to line up before you begin drilling, otherwise a weak connection could render your work virtually worthless in the area of securing the door.
Drill Carefully: You don’t want to make the same mistake as this first-timer. While drilling the holes for the hinges, this guy accidentally drilled all the way through the front of the face.
Recessed Hinges: The careful use of a chisel allowed for the perfect drop to recess the hinges into the edge of the box.
A Little Screwy: The hinges that I typically purchase come in a pack with the appropriately sized screws. If this is not the case, make sure you double-check that your screws aren’t too large, otherwise you’ll have to improvise. The screws were too large and didn’t allow sufficient clearance, so this guy decided to remove alternating screws so the door could actually close.
Incognito: Here’s the finished product for the speaker liquor cabinet. You’d be hard pressed to walk up to these speaker and identify that they have a secret to hide.
The Only Giveaway: The only thing that really advertises that these bookshelf speakers may have a secret to hide is the hinges, and they’re barely noticeable.
Bookshelf Speaker Liquor Cabinet: With a bottle of Hennessy, compliments of his grandfather for a job well done, this secret cabinet is complete.
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Way to go Grandpa… Giving the grandson a bottle of booze for showing a little initiative. Don’t get me wrong, that would be a much appreciated gift, but if motivation is the problem, I think that liquor may be a little counterproductive. What can I say? I guess a late start is better than nothing at all. With this being a first DIY, and literally the first time building anything, this guy really did a pretty dang good job!