Hand tools and fabrication machines
I was always fascinated by black & white TV's but finding one in good conditions is both hard and very expensive. That's when I decided to build my own TV.
While this is not the "real deal", building it was a blast. I joined a local Maker community (Snohomish County Makers in Everett, WA) and they helped me with the wooden cabinet building part.
Electronics here are the easiest part, this is basically a Raspberry Pi 2 playing videos in an infinite loop from a flashdrive, a monitor and a PC speaker.
The Video Looper code is from Adafruit: https://learn.adafruit.com/raspberry-pi-video-looper?view=all thanks Adafruit!
There are thousands of old time videos free for download at https://archive.org/
Customizable knob SCAD files are availabe here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:54024
The nice looking speaker fabric is from Amazon (look for Speaker Grill Cloth Fabric Silver Turquoise Stripe) even though this is not actually Fabric. It is plastic but it works great, you can trim it using a soldering iron...
Here you can see how I attached the monitor, the power bar, the Raspberry pi, the volume potentiometer and the "channel" switch which does nothing in this V1, maybe n a next version...
This is a short video showing the TV in action. I can't really keep it on close to me because I'll stop working to watch... :-)