Antique radio restoration

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Project by sulphurcreekcustoms posted 12-14-2016 02:18 PM 1413 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Exterior restoration only


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#1 posted 12-14-2016 02:48 PM

What a beautiful antique! I love old radios and I would like to restore one (interior and exterior) someday.

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#2 posted 12-14-2016 04:22 PM

Very nicely done.

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#3 posted 12-14-2016 05:18 PM


Sometimes non-working freebies show up here on Craig’slist. If I had more room for storage; I would attempt that.

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#4 posted 12-14-2016 05:21 PM

Nice job!
It looks like brand new.
Are you going to work on the electronics too?
Is that an Emerson or Fisher?

When I was in high school I worked in a Radio & TV repair shop and saw many of the beautiful “wooden boxes” which went by the wayside way too soon.

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#5 posted 12-14-2016 06:02 PM

This was one of my dad’s passions. He was a VERY patient man.
He even rebuilt and hand wound his own transformers.
Whenever a radio was beyond repair we would come home from school to find it’s carcass soaking in the bathtub so he could remove the veneer and use it on another radio repair. It was quite the site to see.
He had a friend that was an missionary in Europe that was able to get some very rare tubes for him.
Each one of my brothers has one of dad’s treasures. My favorite is an 40’s model “farmers” radio that had a bullet hole in it. The veneer patch work job my dad did is amazing.
The story was that a farmer didn’t like the weather report one day and in anger he shot the radio! :)
Up until a few years ago, they all worked.
Thank you for reviving a precious memory for me.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#6 posted 12-14-2016 06:25 PM

I believe this was a Philco. Sound right? Was a few years ago. No I know nothing about the insides.


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#7 posted 12-14-2016 06:30 PM

Good job! I love these old guys.

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#8 posted 12-14-2016 10:47 PM

This is a beautiful restoration. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 12-14-2016 11:56 PM

Beautiful restoration of a piece of history! It’s nice to see these beauties still alive and kicking!

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

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#10 posted 12-15-2016 12:59 AM

great fun and a terrific job of restoration.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#11 posted 12-15-2016 01:08 AM


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#12 posted 12-15-2016 11:01 AM

My dad cut the top off a non functioning radio and made a record player out of it for me. They had wonderful sounds due to the huge speaker they had. Thanks for the memories. Beautiful finish by the way.

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#13 posted 12-15-2016 11:27 AM

I remember them as a kid, we didn’t have tv till Iwas 5. Great job.

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#14 posted 12-15-2016 02:04 PM

These where the televisions of their day. They were extremely well made and had multiple RF/IF stages. Sometimes up to 7. These circuits filtered the signal so that you got near FM sound out of AM radios. The benefit is that you had good sound and picked up stations from a longer distance away as AM does. FM is pretty much line of sight.

Beautiful wood restoration btw.

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#15 posted 12-15-2016 06:50 PM

Craftsman on the lake, I worked in a Radio & TV repair shop from 1961 through 1966 which was basically the time for the change over from “fine furniture” electronics to plastic.
I think it would be difficult to find a wooden/electronics piece today
I remember one custom one, a HiFi/AM/FM cabinet built for one of the Dr’s Mayo, in Rochester MN, totally from oak and too heavy for a two man lift.

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