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 Post subject: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Aug Wed 30, 2017 2:38 am 
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The restoration of the "Black Beast" AKA McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet continues after a hiatus. The first order of business was to remove the rotted bottom which had separated due to lots of moisture and the rotted and missing wood was replaced and the bottom rebuilt. Some of the speaker grille was loose and had to be glued, but the bottom was an unseen disaster. The cabinet had been sawed in half and a jury-rigged mid-section was added. This has been discarded, and after some careful surgery the two sections have been joined. It is no longer a Franken Silver radio! A friend has a biscuit joiner and we added three biscuits on each side and the side front. Then it was glued and clamped and appears to be quite sturdy now that it is whole again.

A piece of veneer was damaged and missing on to top of the speaker cabinet, which is now just inside the doors. Also, someone did a hatchet job surgery on the bottom of the back top section. I had to chisel out the uneven wood and put a new piece in there and mixed sawdust and glue to fill the small void.

The restoration of the finish is about to begin.

I am hoping that someone else has an ebony Norwich and can give me some pointers. This is the only Norwich I have ever seen, so if you know of another - HELP! I am curious about the door handles. I would like to know if they were nickel or chrome plated and I would like to get them re-plated, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Will post pictures as this restoration continues.

I have an unrestored Masterpiece VI that goes in this radio, but sadly the 18 inch Little Giant speaker is believed to currently reside in Asia. So when the chassis restoration is completed it will have a high quality 18-inch PM speaker until the day a reasonably priced Jensen becomes available. You never know and hope springs eternal.

This should be a stunning set and a very unusual one once it is completed.

Stay tuned.


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Aug Thu 31, 2017 11:32 am 
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Very interested so thanks for posting

I don't know how much of the black you will need to touch up but Mohawk "Studio One Black" M115-2809 worked well for me. It is obviously a Tone finish Toner.

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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Fri 01, 2017 12:25 pm 
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Thank you Joe , this radio is now in Garland Texas and will go though and extensive cabinet refinish. From the looks of the old finish this cabinet was finished out in a high gloss piano lacquered finish. That's what it will get including the painted on pin stripes. The cabinet will be stripped and any flaws in the veneer will be taken care of. Block sanding the flat surfaces will also take place . Wood grill speaker bars will be removed? and refinished off the cabinet and carefully reinstalled, primer surfacer will be sprayed on entire outside of cabinet and will be blocked sanded out with a black guide coat to insure all imperfections will be taken care of, just like doing a high end paint job ( which I have done may times) on a high end cars. This is a lot of work but the finished product will be stunning. I will post pictures as the project gets under way. This will be one of 3 high end cabinets from Joe that will be refinished here including a Zenith 16a63 Stratosphere.


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Sat 02, 2017 2:10 am 
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Hi Joe, Your radios will be in good hands, here is the Walton Fred did for me.


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Sat 02, 2017 3:25 am 
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Gary,

I couldn't see a picture, all I got were a couple of furniture ads! Did someone hijack your photo?

I know Fred does excellent work. That's why I drove to Dallas!

Joe


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Sat 02, 2017 4:15 am 
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I can see the picture, Im not sure whats wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Sat 02, 2017 5:00 am 
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an amazing radio cabinet. reminds me of a black zenith that was shown
kn here a few years ago. I wish I could find that thread again, I'd love to
reread it.

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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Mon 04, 2017 3:24 pm 
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Spent some time over the labor day weekend a got this McMurdo cabinet taken apart and stripped , now I will focus on all the imperfections in the wood veneer and other problems before I apply the any primer filler , then I can apply black guide coat and block and entire cabinet to get ready for sealer. This was a factory painted ebony finish, I guess was special ordered , painted right over the wood finish. You can see the wood inlay and nice book matched veneers that were used. I'm thinking that all the Norwich cabinets were built all the same including the wood inlays and when a special order was placed for a black high gloss finish one was pulled off the line and painted. I did notice the painted stripes were gold looking , not so they were silver. Sanding lightly removed years of patina and reviled silver paint in which I mite add were brushed on by hand, I could see brush marks in the layers of silver paint, I will be applying stripes by spraying and will be cleared over so you wont feel the line. I will show each step I take so you guys have some idea what it takes and what your getting into for a piano finish.


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Mon 04, 2017 4:00 pm 
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Looking terrific so far. Looking forward to seeing more progress.

thanks Gary


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Mon 04, 2017 9:27 pm 
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Interesting. A very rare and very valuable McMurdo cabinet. Looking forward to your progress as well. What is the McMurdo cabinet to the right of the Zenith 16-A-63 cabinet?

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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Mon 04, 2017 10:28 pm 
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I believe that is a McMurdo Silver Bristol cabinet, but I am not positive at this point.


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
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I thought it might be a Bristol cabinet. Hard to see in the picture. Thank you. What chassis will you be putting in the Norwich?

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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
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This Bristol has a Masterpiece V, restored with the Little Giant speaker.

The Norwich has a Masterpiece VI, yet to be restored, and will have an 18-inch PM speaker as the original speaker is believed to be in Asia.

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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
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Here is a picture of the Bristol cabinet before it was rebuilt with new bottom and other repairs.


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
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Very nice! Impressive chassis and impressive cabinets. McMurdo ranked right up there with E.H. Scott. Thank you for this information.

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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Tue 05, 2017 12:44 pm 
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Spent time on Labor day to get some more work done on cabinet, in pictures I am still filling areas on cabinet that need to be filled and smoothed out, I'm using a polyester plastic filler which is very strong and sands nicely, using 180-240 grit sandpaper on a flat sanding block. Getting very close to applying primer filler surfacer to fill pores and sanding scratches etc.. Then I can proceed with using black guide coat, its rubbed on (powder form) or lightly sprayed on on the primer to guide me along showing any low spots, high spots or pin holes, deep scratches , block sanding entire cabinet , same as when your preparing an automobile for paint job. I will show step that when I get to it.


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Tue 05, 2017 4:04 pm 
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Very nice work Fred.....Will this be a high gloss Black?


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
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Yes it will be painted high gloss piano finish, using lacquer base coat clear coat system..


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Mon 11, 2017 1:03 pm 
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I am making progress on this rare MuMurdo cabinet, I got the priming finished on the grill slats and the top lid. Blocked out the primer on all the parts to insure a flat smooth surface and any tiny imperfections were dealt with at this time. They I sprayed a sealer coat over the primer then sprayed my black laquer base coat (3) coats wer enough . Then I sanded again with 400 , cleaned surface a applied 5 coats of high gloss piano lacquer sanding in between coats. There will always be some orange peel that you will see, I will let these parts sit in climate controlled area for about 3 to 4 weeks and then proceed to wet sand and buff (polish out) . The results will be amazing , the finish on this radio will be incredibly smooth and shinny. Next weekend will be the cabinet it self and the control panel doors, these doors have silver pinstripes inside and out , I will show that process on that step when I do the cabinet . The inside of cabinet will also be painted and shown on this post including polishing else.


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 Post subject: Re: McMurdo Silver Norwich Cabinet Restoration
PostPosted: Sep Mon 11, 2017 11:50 pm 
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Wow! That radio is going to be a work of art when you get done. I admire your work and how you take no short cuts. You have a skill and discipline seldom seen anymore.


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