There are a lot of topics about this all the time, so here is another one.
First of all, let me warn you, that it does not involve Howards, any oils or waxes. And, that the process takes me about 3 times as long as a strip and refinish. So you will not save time. Preparing the surface is not easy either.
So, on our last field trip we acquired a Cathedral. It looks very much like a Sparton 410. The radio is even mounted Sparton style, sliding into 4 grooves cut into the side panels. But the look is very 1930(ish). Like a cross between an Echophone S4 and a Sparton Junior. The chassis is a double decker. Looks like a first attempt at putting an AC power supply on a battery radio.
Its condition, well, was what I normally would have refinished without a second thought. The shouldered "cathedral” top was separated from the front panel so far that you could drop a nickel into the radio between them. Worse, it had been reglued at some point locking it into this position. The radio was full of what was rubber insulated wire, at one time, and had been "touched up" with some silver paint - everywhere.
So the chassis got a complete rebuild including new rubber wire and works well with all of its globe tubes.
Here is the deal. This radio has two tags that call it a Northland Radio. A gold transfer mounted very crooked on the front and a tag on the back "Northland Radio Manufacturing Co, St Paul Minn. I tried to find a schematic, no luck. All I could find was a listing on the Radio Museum site as follows;http://www.radiomuseum.org/act_main.cfm
Name: Northland Radio Co.; Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA)
Summary: The Northland Radio Company was located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and manufactured many models during the 1920s and early 1930s.
Wrong city, right State, but "many models"? Only 3 are listed, none have model numbers and one is just a "no name?". So the "many models" must be a misprint. It does refer to a "Northland Radio Company 1931 Cathedral A/C Receiver. ". So this one must be it.
So, I view this radio as a example of a model built by a short lived company, hastily designed, maybe copying other more successful manufactures, with poor cabinet construction and assembly ( many of the untouched panels look to have been cut with a rip saw and never sanded. There are veneer seems in the arch where there should not be, by no means, book matched), the bezel had to be filed down slightly on the right for the radio dial not to rub - ever so slightly, i did not notice until i had removed it, and overall poor fit and finish, just built by a company about to fail. So I had to save as much of the originality as possible. Everybody loves a perfect beautiful radio, I felt sorry for an ugly one. Plus I felt compelled to preserve the crooked nametag.
So here are a few pictures. The back of the radio is an "after" shot. Actually they are all "after " shots
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