Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stromberg Carlson Console radio near completion

Stromberg Carlson Radio
But for the application of the decals which are on their way, the radio is complete. However, the lights are on but nobody is home....the radio lights up but all I hear is a 60hz hum. Do I leave it as it is or do I have it repaired? I don't know. I am inclined to stop here rather than pursue getting the radio fixed although there is probably not a lot wrong with it. As it sits it looks pretty good.

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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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Old Fool's Weekend Fiftieth Anniversary

The smoke is curling from a cottage
 I will let the photos speak for themselves.

A bunch of us traveled to Quebec this past Valentine's Day weekend to spend time at our cottages and to enjoy the beauty of winter while trekking on snowshoes.

A late night shot
The cottages were very warm despite the frigid -10C temperatures. In fact, one of the cottages got as high as 30C a tribute to a very efficient wood stove.

The little cabin in the second shot was so warm (a small space heater was provided) that the occupants had to turn the heat down.

We were all greeted Friday night by an impressive bonfire that could be seen from a great distance. Though the night was chilly the heat from the bonfire was impressive. Of course, a few can of beer helped.

Most of us spent the entire day, Saturday,  on the ice immediately in front of the cottages. Some were unable to join us for the day on the ice because of a strange sickness that befell them as a result of a little indulgence the night before. Did I say they drank too much? Anyway to each his own.

Making snowshoes from scratch
One of the activities was making snowshoes from scratch. In the third photo you can see a team of "experts" crafting snowshoes from string and available willows. Several teams were tasked with building snowshoes. Some looked very good but they were not durable. Once built the race revealed just how well they were constructed. Well, let's just say that some did not last long. Lots of fun though.
packing up the snowmobile

The highlight of the weekend was the feast and awards ceremony. Needless to say everyone was a winner. It was a great time as as one participant said "It was awesome".
Snowmobiles were used to bring the supplies in