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 Post subject: Scott Westminster All Wave 15 Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Jul Fri 27, 2018 6:31 pm 
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After I got energized in the shop and completed the Arvin Rhythm King cabinet restoration it was time to get cracking on a couple of other projects, most notably the E. H. Scott Westminster cabinet I picked up at the recent meet in Kalamazoo. This was a cabinet that had part of the legs missing on the base, had part of one of the side speaker grilles missing, and had a terrible finish on it. The top looked like it had real problems, but after I stripped the finish off it turned out the wood was in good shape. There are the usual nicks and dings and a couple of very small veneer problems, but the legs and side grilles are the main problems. Turned out the cabinet was sound. The purchase included a chassis with maybe a 5 or 6 chrome and a speaker that looked OK, although I haven't checked the field coil out yet! But there was no amplifier; however, a friend found one for me. The cabinet had the knob escutcheons, but alas the dial escutcheon is missing.


Started stripping it yesterday and gave it a final clean up today with stripper, steel wood and a clean cloth wipe with clean stripper so it is ready for the restoration. My big Delta scroll saw with the 24-inch throat bit the dust. It was an industrial model made between 1932 and the 1940s and a part broke that I can't get. It is available for parts salvage if anyone needs them! My table top WEN replacement arrived last night so I can construct the missing grille work and make a new McMurdo Silver front for my radio buddy Cliff. This Westminster should look good it all goes well and I can find the escutcheon for the dial. Although I am a reformed consolholic this was a rescue that had to be made!


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 Post subject: Re: Scott Westminster All Wave 15 Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Jul Fri 27, 2018 10:02 pm 
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Joe -
Have any experience with a router using a pattern bit?
In as much as you have one side grill, It can be used as the pattern to make another identical to it. The tight spots would require a little work with a saber saw, keyhole saw or file is all.

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 Post subject: Re: Scott Westminster All Wave 15 Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Jul Sat 28, 2018 4:18 am 
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Hi Dave,

The router is not my friend, but I can make a replacement fairly easily with a scroll saw and veneer the new piece. Just never got the knack of using my router with what I would consider good and acceptable results. I am making a new front panel for a friend's McMurdo Masterpiece VI and after I cut it out I have a friend with a router to take care of the edges.


Remember what "Dirty Harry" said - something along the lines of "A man needs to know his limitations!"


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 Post subject: Re: Scott Westminster All Wave 15 Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Aug Tue 28, 2018 9:51 pm 
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Finally got it all finished and it turned out pretty good, all things considered. I did have to purchase a new scroll saw to cut out the new grille work, but I have since used it for a couple of faceplates for a McMurdo Silver, so I am not complaining. It is not perfect but is a lot better than it was when I got it. This was a rescue.


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