Stromberg Carlson Console radio near completion
|Stromberg Carlson Radio|
What have I learned? Finishing an old radio takes a lot of time and patience. Gluing and clamping took about a week as I glued and clamped one section at a time. Stripping is very time consuming but sanding is relatively easy. Lacquer thinner calls for good ventilation! I tried not to work any more that 45 minutes at a time and I wore a mask all the time.
When I did the stripping I discovered that the veneer was quite light, which surprised me. I probably strayed from the original factory finish by using a walnut stain. But I think the staining adds a certain richness to the finish.
I put on a number of final lacquer coats using a satin spray lacquer and found that I did not need to do a lot of sanding between coats because it dried so quickly. The speaker cloth was a challenge but in the end I went to my local fabric store for something that I think represents the period. Sadly I could not find anything close to the original herringbone pattern of the radio speaker cloth.
Lots of fun and yes I have a 40s Westinghouse console that needs some TLC.
A final note. The radio is not a 662. 662 refers to the radio chassis model which I learned found its home in a number of SC radios of the time. What is the model name? I haven't a clue! Perhaps someone could tell me.
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