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 Post subject: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2011 2:33 am 
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I would appreciate it very much if someone could guide me as to what to do about replacing a missing fiberboard/cardboard back (no antenna) to my radio? Does anyone make generic reproductions? I was thinking about cutting my own, but it just wouldn't look good solid. It would need difficult-to-cut slots in it. What do you guys do in a situatation like this?
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PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2011 4:48 am 
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http://www.retro-tronics.com/

Retro-Tronics: Reproduction Vintage Radio Backs and Engraving Services

We now reproduce backs for over 200 models and that number grows every month.

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I make replacement backs out of tempered Masonite. I lay the radio down on the Masonite, draw around the cabinet with a pencil, then cut it out on a scroll saw. I think they look nice. Not totally correct, but that is of no importance to me. It is functional, though. I make slots or round holes for ventilation and that's about it. Good luck......GREG


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Thanks so much guys for your input!
Joe


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electra225 wrote:
I make replacement backs out of tempered Masonite. I lay the radio down on the Masonite, draw around the cabinet with a pencil, then cut it out on a scroll saw. I think they look nice. Not totally correct, but that is of no importance to me. It is functional, though. I make slots or round holes for ventilation and that's about it. Good luck......GREG

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I do pretty much the same thing when one is missing. In fact, just did it for a Silvertone midget. I saved a big piece of "back" off a Lowry organ a few years ago, and it still has lots of "backs" left in it.


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I bought a sheet of "X-Board" backing board at Aaron Brothers for under $10. It is a 14 ply acid free cardboard that is very stiff. The sheet is 32 by 40 inches roughly 1/16 inch thick, enough for many radio backs! I cut it using a rotary cutter and a ruler and sputtered silver and grey spray paint to give it a molted look. Drilled holes and mounted the loop antenna on the inside, and attached it to the back. Looks great. I cut a simple X pattern with the narrow part of the X about an inch in from the edge of the radio.

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PostPosted: May Wed 11, 2011 2:23 am 
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The Retro-Tronics backs are great. Perfect reproductions. Sure, you can make your own. When you factor in the cost of materials, labor and errors, the Retro-Tronics backs are a great find.
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There's no question that the Retro-Tronics backs look very professional, but their cost is maybe one-half to a third of what I usually pay for a Bakelite AA5.

I've made one out of Masonite so far, and it came out pretty good, for a Philco Transitone set.

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PostPosted: May Thu 12, 2011 6:52 pm 
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I make my backs from 1/8" masonite tempered BOTH SIDES. It is also getting difficult to find in the traditional 4 x 8 foot sheets. The tempering helps to prevent "fuzzing" on the edges and also renders the material more ridgid.
I too use a scroll or band saw for general shape but use my high speed router table for slots and edge trim. I shoot them with two wet coats of lacquer if I want them to look really good.
If you are looking for cheap material then check out a frame shop that does picture matting. After they cut out large matts the inside of the matt is waste to them and they discard it and it is in various colors. eeprof


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I just save the fiberboard backs from all the old rear projection tv's I junk out and use them.

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PostPosted: May Sun 15, 2011 11:49 pm 
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I make my backs from cardboard that I get from the local upholstery shop. The type that is stapled or tacked to low end furnature. It is cheap and very much resembles the original radio back material. The color is usually light brown, grey or dark purple. It is 1/8 of an inch thick. I cut it on a band saw and make the air holes with either a punch or cut them out with a forstner drill bit.

You can also snag some of this type of cardboard from any old dresser cabinet.


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PostPosted: May Sun 15, 2011 11:58 pm 
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I wrote Radio-Tronics and never recieved a reply. I really didn't want to spend a whole lot on one anyway. I will likely just make one using one of the ideas mentioned here.
Thanks again guys!


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let say you have a console cabinet with cardboard back, but it thore in two pieces.

Is it fixable? replacable?

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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Aug Thu 09, 2018 11:40 pm 
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Are the Retrotronics people the only source of anyone out there who makes accurate reproduction back covers for vintage radios :?:

If anyone has anyone additional resources or another company who does the same work, please add that information to the this site.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Aug Fri 10, 2018 7:34 pm 
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Regarding potential raw material for the DIY nonauthenic / functional category, I would add peg board and old clip boards. Peg board is a bit thick, but comes pre- ventilated. Old clip boards are cheap and plentiful at thrift stores.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Fri 19, 2018 11:25 am 
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I made this out of automotive door panel backing that I bought from an auto upholstry shop. Proper thickness. color all the way through, water resistant, and didn't fray or seperate when I drilled it with a 1 1/4" hole cutter.
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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
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It looks factory made. Excellent workmanship.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Mon 22, 2018 3:27 pm 
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Freeman wrote:
It looks factory made. Excellent workmanship.

Freeman

Thank you. Just thought you might want to see what the front of the radio looks like. (Off topic)

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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
PostPosted: Oct Mon 22, 2018 3:38 pm 
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I can see a van off to the left, almost read the van's lettering...


So much can be said about re-finishing, bringing out the color, the marquetry and veneer accents is what it is all about...

Often OEM's covered all beauty of the wood with a dark tinted lacquer...

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 Post subject: Re: Radio back replacement?
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That radio looks incredible, front and back! I could comb the few hairs I have left just looking at the reflection off of it... :wink:

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