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Old 9th Sep 2023, 10:29 pm   #41
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Heat treatment pictures.
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Old 9th Sep 2023, 10:30 pm   #42
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Lovely looking set! I hope the restoration goes well!
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Old 10th Sep 2023, 1:44 pm   #43
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Valves in my set are, looking in at the back.
Left side, nearest back PM1LF, behind PM1HL (metallised),
Right side , nearest back PM2A, behind PM12A (metallised).
I do have the back, will post pictures if required.
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Old 10th Sep 2023, 4:01 pm   #44
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Thanks Mike. Yes please picture of the back.
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Old 10th Sep 2023, 4:58 pm   #45
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Removed bottom panel today. Already gave way at side. Bottom /front not so. Very thin/delicate so cut strip and sliced/nibbled off. Temporary strut hot glued. Bits came off fairly easily then cleaned up edges ready for new replacement bottom and side panel. Fortunately not much glue just small panel pins straight through front. Made frame to hold front in shape until I fit new sides. Now on the hunt for some old 10mm oak veneered ply to match if possible. Scrap brown furniture.

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Old 11th Sep 2023, 9:20 am   #46
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Images of back of my set. Made of 4.5mm ply, 2 holes at top 19mm dia, 2 holes at bottom 12mm dia, strength bar at top 0.5 " wide 0.25" thick, at bottom 0.75" wide 3/8" thick, chamfered at top.
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Old 11th Sep 2023, 10:07 am   #47
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Thanks Mike. Easy make this. Two pegs in the bottom the same as mine. Hope to find some old scrap furniture panels to get the right look. Truly grateful.
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Old 11th Sep 2023, 11:42 am   #48
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This would be worth a write up for the BVWS.
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Old 12th Sep 2023, 5:36 pm   #49
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Nearly bought a sheet of oak veneer today but vendor/furniture restorer said, from phone picture, it was walnut and will get me a sheet. Will show him a sample but Radio Radio says oak (sides) rosewood (front). Side/ top appendages are oak. Help please. Confused! Want to get it right.
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It looks like oak veneer to me, the colour(walnut) is almost exact match as my Murphy A40C in which case, you can get a matching stain and get it repainted freshly to match the rest with stains from BnQ and a matching varnish. They even have a matching filler for the woodworm holes.
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Old 13th Sep 2023, 7:53 pm   #51
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Difficult to tell oak from walnut from grain pattern alone. Should be able to feel texture of oak grain. Colour not much use if its been stained. Stroking it I think its oak. The book Radio Radio says oak. I think I’ll stick with oak.
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Old 14th Sep 2023, 5:38 pm   #52
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Tried this. Putty is two pack, smooth with a wet finger and workable/harden (2-3 hours). Enamel paint. Mix colours to match better when I do it for real. Two coats of vanish. Looks promising.
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Old 16th Sep 2023, 8:49 am   #53
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Am I correct in assuming this radio was finished with a thin coat of clear varnish? It took varnish ok in my trial piece (previous post) ok. It wouldn't have if it was waxed or french polished I don't think?
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Going very well. Fed up looking for 9mm oak veneered ply for new side and bottom. Used 12mm double oak veneered ply panel from an old sideboard I already had. Inside of it left without finish. Really nice! Reduced thickness by a couple of layers with an angle grinder using a course sanding disk. Direction of grain changes when a layer has been fully removed. Finished with a sander. Pleased with that. I know you're supposed to veneer both sides to avoid warping but panels are small and supported with exterior solid oak panels so are ok. Originally only veneered on outside anyway.

Circular saw cuts not straight or accurate enough so I dug out my old sawing guide I made years ago for cutting worktops by hand. Perfect for routed joints as original. Gives a good workout! Replacement panels pinned and screwed as original.
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Old 5th Oct 2023, 10:00 am   #55
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Ariel frame needed small repairs and a little fettling due to slightly thicker bottom panel. Knob escutcheon plates removed to reposition up a tiny bit. Made a new shelf, inner panel and back. Next worm holes, small repairs to front panel and staining and finishing. Varnish rather than polishing I think.
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Hi

That's coming on very nicely - congratulations !
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Old 7th Oct 2023, 8:22 pm   #57
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Thanks.

Anyone know what this is?
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Old 8th Oct 2023, 7:30 pm   #58
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I never throw anything away at least until finished. That side panel that fell off was de laminating due to woodworm. So I thought what better match veneer for those front corners than the original veneer! Found bits with no holes and sanded off the frass. Cut off damaged corners, in direction of grain where possible, built up layers of ply where needed, with bits of the de laminating original ply inner panel, and glued original laminate on top. Very pleased with results. Filled small remaining gaps and worm holes with Milliput. Thinking of treating the whole thing again with woodworm treatment but I’ve just read that they can’t survive more than 55 degrees! My ironing would be closer to 100 degrees! Maybe good to future proof though after all this work.
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Old 29th Oct 2023, 6:36 pm   #59
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Treated with copious amounts of water based woodworm killer. Soaked particularly in to worm affected areas and edges of ply panels and taking ages to fully dry out.
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Cabinet finished. Looking for replacement speaker cloth. Original got worm holes. Looks like tonic mohair like the Mods' suits they used to wear back in the day (maybe too good or valuable to cut up though). Tailors offcuts or charity shops etc.?

Very pleased with the results. Tinlet enamels didn’t work too well under the stained varnish. Artists acrylics better and dries quickly. Milliput tends to shrink when over varnished. Didn’t want to risk wax sticks for risk of fish eyes in varnish.

Likely clean and re install internals. Chips in knobs repaired and re touched. Happy to own as a piece of art and preserve as much originality as possible for the time being.
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