Homemade Wooden Radio

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Project by Alask posted 11-12-2015 02:57 AM 2529 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello fellows,at this time I would like to share my latest wood project.

Since I was young I loved to be near a radio to listen both music and soccer matches.In Brazil the radio still present in many homes as a partner during job or play.

Now the smart phones changed the world forever.So you can choose any radio in any part of the world easily anytime.

I remember my grandmother wooden radio during my chilhood.It was very nice radio made in Germany.We can rear many diferent international rĂ¡dios stations at that multiband shortwave radio.

I always loved radios but hate that noise when they are not well tuned
So because a vintage radio is today very expensive and rare I decided to make myself wooden radio using a hardwood (instead plywood and veneer).

To avoid that noise I made the old style fake radio with a bluetooth speaker inside.Now I can choose what sound will be on track each time from diferent devices.If I need to listen any radio in the world it will be there easily.

See the step by step below:

This is the most dificult part.The wooden fake butons.I used the same technic (holesaw and roundover router bit) I used to make my chisel plane.

One tip.Permit the piece can go up and down to permit you turn on the router without damage the piece and injury your fingers.Use the lowest speed avaible at your router and increase how deep the cut will be in three or four passes.This cut is very safe to do.

To cut the brass coins I did this simple jig and used a hacksaw.After each cut I sanded a little until be shine.

I used dowels and glue.To make the holes I used a Task self-centering jig.I use before on edges and after I used this “jig” to made the rest of holes.A center line helps in any use.You can use this small jig to make holes at larges boards using a center line .

The wood and jig flush.

During finishing I used only pad dewaxed garnet shellac.I tried to make a finish to add age (but I have a lot to study about it).

I used this jig for similar positions of fake buttons.

I used a real special fabric (used to cover speakers at hi-end speakers like JBL in the past)

This black fabric is special for sound propagation too.

The back

The Nakamichi bluetooth speaker outside the radio

I have only small details to correct (as one or two coats of shellac inside the box and add a hinge at back cover)

Here you can see a little video about it:

Thanks for attention.

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 03:34 AM

Very clever! I really like the deco look & the build is very nice.

thanks for sharing

Bill in MI

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 04:44 AM

Cool idea. It looks like the past.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 09:26 AM

I love it, great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 11:36 AM

Great idea. Like the radio, shortwave and use this every day. Some time write to the international radios and they response me too!
Think some similar many time ago, but want a real radio in. Have to adapt some.
Congratulation, you work is fine and like me a lot.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 01:27 PM

Looks old and authentic. I like those old objects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 01:42 PM

Very nice. I always loved the look of old radios and you captured it really nice with this.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 11-12-2015 03:50 PM

I love this. I’ve been looking for an old compact wooden radio body to put a bluetooth speaker into, and haven’t found one yet. I’ve thought about doing this for a while, and it’s great to see you do this so well. Nice job.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#8 posted 11-12-2015 05:26 PM

Great idea and you obviously put a lot of thinking into it. I like the details you incorporated and thanks for sharing the details on the build. Splendid work!!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 11-12-2015 06:05 PM

awesome job looks great!! nice blend of old and new.

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#10 posted 11-12-2015 06:24 PM

Excellent idea and great build! Thanks for posting.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#11 posted 11-12-2015 10:22 PM

I love the creativity you all have here. Great job on this and the end result is spectacular. Thanks for sharing some of the details.

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#12 posted 11-12-2015 11:47 PM

That’s awesome. Old radios are so cool!

-- Tony -

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#13 posted 11-13-2015 12:40 AM

That’s a great looking radio! That style definitely brings back some memories—well done!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 11-13-2015 01:27 PM

Thanks a lot for all comments


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#15 posted 11-14-2015 05:17 AM

I just posted a similar idea on another forum. Cool idea and well done.

-- Rick M,

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