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 Post subject: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Thu 06, 2018 1:57 am 
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Another zenith console in for cabinet repair and refinishing, this one is for a guy that served in Vietnam war and is dying from agent orange and wants this Zenith restored and playing so he can enjoy it before he dies, doctor gives maybe 2 years to live, such a sad story. So this one needs to get finished soon perhaps this coming weekend, I started on it over the labor day weekend, it was in bad bad shape . He says I dosent have to be perfect , just make it look good. So we will see, I have glued the cabinet back together in areas that were pulling apart and I have it stripped. I replaced some of the upper V pattern veneer and now sits in grain filler. Stay tuned because this cabinet should be ready for the guts this next Sunday.


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File comment: Template made for the new veneer patch.
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File comment: New veneer in place
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File comment: Inside cabinet was cleaned sanded some and spray painted zenith blue.
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File comment: All the veneer is grain filled with walnut Timbemate grain filler
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File comment: Notice tape over the waterfall maple strips on the top section. I did not want the walnut grin filler on those areas.
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Sun 09, 2018 10:34 pm 
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Cabinet is now ready for chassis, turned out real nice. Sure hope the owner can enjoy the zenith before his time is up. Dick my electrical guy will have it all together soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Sun 09, 2018 10:42 pm 
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Wow. You are good,


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Sun 09, 2018 10:55 pm 
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He ain't just "good", he's a pro. Looks like it came right off the factory production line.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Mon 10, 2018 6:20 pm 
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Hi Fred -

Noticed you used walnut Timbermate grain filler this time instead of your usual natural (or non-tinted). Just curious as to why. Did you still use the wiping stain after grain filing? Does the walnut colored grain filler limit your stain color options? My concern with using the walnut grain filler would be that the wood pores would come out lighter than the veneer after applying the wiping stain, which would look rather odd in my opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Mon 10, 2018 6:31 pm 
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fifties wrote:
He ain't just "good", he's a pro. Looks like it came right off the factory production line.


I'm convinced Fred is at least part wizard.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Fri 14, 2018 2:05 am 
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markg123 wrote:
Hi Fred -

Noticed you used walnut Timbermate grain filler this time instead of your usual natural (or non-tinted). Just curious as to why. Did you still use the wiping stain after grain filing? Does the walnut colored grain filler limit your stain color options? My concern with using the walnut grain filler would be that the wood pores would come out lighter than the veneer after applying the wiping stain, which would look rather odd in my opinion.

- Mark
Using walnut grain filler did not change the final outcome on the color, I used wiping stain from mohawk medium dark walnut. The grain filler soaked up the stain, it did not make a difference in color. If I would have not stained the cabinet and just put clear sealer over the grain filler, then you may have seen something different in the grain filler. Walnut grain filler is all I had on hand and worked just like the white stuff as long as you stain it darker.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Fri 14, 2018 7:39 pm 
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As usual nice job Fred.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Fri 14, 2018 8:00 pm 
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Could you go into more detail on how you patched the V pattern veneer using a template. I have to do the same on my 7-S-363. Plus, my V pattern veneer is the zebra striped version.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Fri 14, 2018 8:31 pm 
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OK Fred,

This time you've gone too far, that's NOT the same cabinet! :shock:

Amazing work.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Thu 20, 2018 3:35 am 
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Kestas wrote:
Could you go into more detail on how you patched the V pattern veneer using a template. I have to do the same on my 7-S-363. Plus, my V pattern veneer is the zebra striped version.

I used some masking tape and put several layers over the missing veneer area. push down edges of tape along edge of veneer, cut out with razor blade, peel off and and place your tape on the new veneer and cut out, now you have the exact pattern for your new veneer patch.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Thu 20, 2018 9:43 pm 
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Thanks. That should reduce the presence of gaps around the patch veneer.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Fri 21, 2018 1:59 am 
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Amazing that's all I can say


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 7-s-363 cabinet restore
PostPosted: Sep Fri 21, 2018 2:27 am 
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Very Nice!


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