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 Post subject: Vintage radio table plans?
PostPosted: Jan Sun 01, 2012 2:13 am 
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I know a number of furniture manufacturers made special tables for battery sets in the 1920's that incorporated a compartment for batteries (and sometimes a speaker), but with all the different magazines publishing DIY projects (including for the radios themselves!), has anybody here seen a "build it yourself" article from the '20s for building a radio table? I know I could probably design one myself, but I like the idea of building something from vintage plans...


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage radio table plans?
PostPosted: Jan Sun 01, 2012 1:24 pm 
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Here's one from Popular mechanics Dec. 1927

http://books.google.com/books?id=iNgDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA1001&dq=radio%20cabinet&pg=PA1001#v=onepage&q=radio%20cabinet&f=false

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage radio table plans?
PostPosted: Jan Sun 01, 2012 3:59 pm 
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Thanks! Now, how do I go about saving that article or printing it out? I can't seem to find a provision for doing that on Google Books...


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage radio table plans?
PostPosted: Jan Sun 01, 2012 5:53 pm 
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http://pixelmetrics.com/CapWizPro/Download.htm

There are several "screen snapshot" programs available on the Web for a fee that may be useful. This one is free. Click the above link and download the free 30 day risk-free trial program. You will have to take two "screen snapshots" for each page of that Popular Mechanics article. Other than that, you will be able to print it out with no trouble at all.


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If you prefer, just send me a PM with your e-mail address, and I will take the "screen snapshots" for you. I will then e-mail all of those "screen shots" to you, and you will be able to easily print them out.


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PostPosted: Jan Sun 01, 2012 6:46 pm 
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Thanks! PM sent...


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage radio table plans?
PostPosted: Jan Sun 01, 2012 11:53 pm 
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Rich K. wrote:
Thanks! Now, how do I go about saving that article or printing it out? I can't seem to find a provision for doing that on Google Books...



If you run Firefox you can install Greasemonkey add on and Google book downloader script. Both are required and free.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/greasemonkey/

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/37933


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage radio table plans?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 02, 2012 2:00 am 
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When you get tired of it you can saw the legs off:
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PostPosted: Jan Mon 02, 2012 2:15 am 
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EWWWW!!! SACRILEGE!!! HORRORS!!! BUTCHERY!!! :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage radio table plans?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 03, 2012 8:43 am 
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Sawing the legs off of radio cabinets is a time honoured tradition amongst saw wielding radio owners.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage radio table plans?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 03, 2012 7:47 pm 
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Fortunately, making them into desks was totally impractical. Look at that poor girl in the photo, who can't fit her legs under it, and has to stretch to reach the top. And there are no drawers, so what's the point? Might as well write on an ordinary table.

Of course I can't talk, I converted my grandparents' 1928 Philco to a desk in the 1950s, or at least I started to. I got as far as removing the radio and panel and making some sort of sliding board for a writing surface. That didn't work out, and now it does duty storing player rolls for an 1890s reed organ, but at least it looks correct when the doors are closed. In fact there's a photo on page 234 of my vol.2.

I remember talking my father into bringing it home on one of our family trips to Maine. We would have had the '55 Ford sedan then, and it rode 200 miles home on roof racks. I suppose if we hadn't taken it, it would have gone to the dump anyway. Console radios had no more value then, than a 1980 stereo does now (both 30 years old at the time).


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