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 Post subject: This may be a very dumb question, but .....
PostPosted: Aug Thu 16, 2018 2:55 am 
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I have a Federal 61 and it's in excellent condition. The one problem with it, as with most old wood cabinet radios, it the top is in worse shape than the rest of it. Is it possible that someone could refinish the top so that it at least closely matches the rest of the cabinet? Wood working is out of my wheelhouse.

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PostPosted: Aug Thu 16, 2018 10:59 am 
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Yes, it is possible. How difficult depends on what's wrong with it. If you're looking for someone to do it for you, don't know.


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PostPosted: Aug Thu 16, 2018 4:09 pm 
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I have removed the top veneer of a couple of radios , and replaced it with new veneer.
The new veneer does not look all that different ,because on most radios, the top usually looks a little different than the sides.
I used a iron to heat up[ the old veneer and a scraper to get the old stuff off
Tite bond glue is applied to the top and the new veneer and let dry, and then the new veneer is put in place and ironed on.
Then trimmed with a scalpel.

Here are some photos.
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PostPosted: Aug Thu 16, 2018 8:01 pm 
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I believe the Federal is from pre-veneer days.

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PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2018 9:27 am 
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Very helpful set of pics Chaz. Will keeps those on file.

thanks Gary


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atwaterkent1 wrote:
I believe the Federal is from pre-veneer days.

Do you have a photo of the top so we can see what the issues with it are?


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 Post subject: Re: This may be a very dumb question, but .....
PostPosted: Aug Sun 19, 2018 5:39 pm 
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atwaterkent1 wrote:
I believe the Federal is from pre-veneer days.


Many of the 20's battery sets had solid wood cabinets. Yours may be one of them.
Yes, a photo would help evaluate the best course of treatment.

Often the challenge on a project like this is to match the refinished area to the rest of the original, unrestored areas such that it doesn't look too new and out of place.

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