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Old 28th Nov 2023, 5:30 pm   #61
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Very nice, well done.
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Old 30th Nov 2023, 8:59 pm   #62
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Looks good. As for cloth, I can recommend this guy:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?it...n=dj_extreme77

replace with something that you'd like, I wouldn't bother with 'originality' at this point, it will look much better with a brand new cloth.
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Old 1st Dec 2023, 4:54 pm   #63
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Something plain so as not to detract from the overall deign.

By the way does anyone know who the designer is or anything else they designed?
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Old 5th Dec 2023, 3:05 pm   #64
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New panels internals coloured to match originals with artists tube water colours. Remains porous in case of any future woodworm problems (so treatment can soak in). Will give outside of back panel a coat of dark oak varnish though.

Speaker cloth next.
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Old 5th Dec 2023, 10:44 pm   #65
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Very good work!
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Old 15th Dec 2023, 9:31 pm   #66
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Obtained a piece of plain cloth I liked (an antimacassar). When draped over a playing radio gave no noticeable muffling of sound so ok to use. Tea dyed to suit.

Cut board and cloth to size. Brushed (thin artists brush) pva glue sparingly around the extreme edges inside cabinet. Laid on dampened and ironed cloth. Smoothed out then laid on greaseproof paper and weighted board. Damp cloth will give a little movement. Left to dry gave just the right amount of tautness (depending on type of cloth).

Very pleased with result with enough to also do my Philco 537.
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Old 22nd Dec 2023, 4:40 pm   #67
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All back together now. Hope I’ve done it justice. Looking old in good condition, fretwork dramatic and front resplendent with its multi coloured veneers. Wooden, push fit, finial added to redundant hole under centre knob.

Internals cleaned of loose rust and sparingly coated with light oil. Original wiring retained for the time being. New wiring added to frame aerial numbered to original. Shame it didn’t come with a set of valves.

Thanks for information and pictures enabling me to get it thus far.
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Old 22nd Dec 2023, 6:41 pm   #68
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I hope you will not feel patronised if I say "very well done", that case looks tremendous, it is a pleasure to behold with all that lovely veneer and fretwork, it must have taken much effort on your part to restore it to its former glory, but the outcome is so worthwhile.

My late father made sets in the twenties and thirties and told me that he had learned carpentry and how to use a hand fretsaw to fashion cabinets and speaker grilles in accordance with the then current trend and how the process of cabinet making gave him so much pleasure.

It is such a shame that generally folks these days do not seem to appreciate the beauty of 30's furniture and everyday items that were made to be functional yet at once stylish, a far cry from today's "minimalist" yet somehow sterile and immediately forgettable style. Worse still that because of a lack of appreciation sets such as yours are simply sent to landfill and lost forever.

Looking forward to the next steps in your journey with much interest and thank you for your efforts in bringing details of your restoration to this forum.
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Old 22nd Dec 2023, 9:00 pm   #69
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Very smart! I do quite like 1930s battery table radios (except for sorting out all the required batteries), I have a HMV one here that works really well.

I do hope you are able to find a set of valves and are able to sort the chassis, especially as you have put so much work into the cabinet!
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Old 22nd Dec 2023, 9:27 pm   #70
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Thanks.

Lots of fine touching in.

Wondered how the fretwork was done. By hand or some sort of machine press/cutter?
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Old 22nd Dec 2023, 10:34 pm   #71
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That’s stunning,
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