The husband has worked off and on for months to complete this conversion! Finally finished, we brought it into the shop today. Before pictures below.
This was a piece that was extremely heavy due to the phonograph, radio and huge speaker originally found inside the mahogany cabinet. The doors on top opened from top to bottom to allow access to the phonograph and radio. Both sides needed shelves installed to cover the holes left from pulling the equipment out. One of the bottom doors was fixed in place because of the speaker behind it and both were covered in filthy fabric. Shelves were installed here too, I believe, and he added a back where there had not been one.
This turned out beautifully and can be very useful now – we think of it as a media cabinet, of course. It can be used for other things too.
End of story: He says he will never do another one regardless of how inexpensive the cabinet is (I didn’t not bring it home to him). He did learn how to convert fixed doors, change their configuration, remove old stereo stuff and that his wife complains (loudly!) when things are too heavy (in her opinion) to easily move around.