Antique Radio Cabinet Retrofit #8: Pilot Light

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Blog entry by Pags posted 02-10-2015 03:57 PM 2128 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: New Veneer for the Top Part 8 of Antique Radio Cabinet Retrofit series Part 9: Part 9: Front Panel Rebuild »

One last task to attend to for the console base before I start refinishing it. There was an existing hole drilled for a pilot light. I decided to install a new LED pilot light in its place.

I found an appropriate one at Dig-i-Key here in MN.

In order to install it properly I needed make a flat countersink as the wood surface is curved. The only way I knew to do that was with a forstner bit. But I needed a center point to drill on but there was an existing hole. So the only solution was to plug the hole and use the plug as a center point for drilling the countersink.

With the hole plugged and the glue dry, I drilled the counter sink, then I drilled a smaller through-hole effectively drilling out the plug I just glued in.

With that, the new LED pilot light fit in very nicely. I’ll wire this to the switched outlet in the rear of the amp which will light the pilot light whenever the amp is turned on.

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#1 posted 02-10-2015 06:14 PM

This thing is gonna be awesome when it’s done!

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