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 Post subject: Re: Majestic 1250 cabinet overhaul (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Nov Thu 30, 2017 2:33 pm 
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Anytime I see one of your threads on this forum I know that I'm going to see some amazing work. Thanks for sharing and excellent job!

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic 1250 cabinet overhaul (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Dec Fri 01, 2017 2:17 am 
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Thanks Jeremy, the love these old radios as most of us do on this forum, its very rewarding to get one of these old radios in bad shape and brining them back to there former glory and transform them into new condition or close to it, as they were when purchased new back in the days of the great depression. I love the style, the craftsmanship in the construction and appearance and design of these sets. From furniture to cars , airplanes, buildings, even some of the clothing people wore were fabulous in design. I am blessed to have the skills to restore and to be able to have a little part in keeping some of these relics from ending up in the trash pile and to bring new life into these radios.


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 Post subject: Re: Majestic 1250 cabinet overhaul (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Dec Sat 02, 2017 6:53 am 
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What a beautiful piece of workmanship Fred. I'm glad to see that the speaker found a new home and eventually worked out for you. Now I am anxious to see you go on to the Stewart Warner 1271 Bond. I'll be doing mine right around the same time.
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 Post subject: Re: Majestic 1250 cabinet overhaul (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Dec Sat 02, 2017 3:04 pm 
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Thank,s ED , the speaker is working fine now . This old Majestic lives again.!


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 Post subject: Re: Majestic 1250 cabinet overhaul (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Dec Sat 23, 2017 2:47 am 
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Fred - what did you use to fill in the sunkent top before applying the veneer?
Also, how do you apply veneer over a curve? I've been softening the veneer, then forming it in a curve to reduce the spring-back during application, then using a steam iron to apply - using wood glue. I hear of others using paper-backed veneer and contact cement or even self-stick veneer.

Wonderful pictures of the process.

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic 1250 cabinet overhaul (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Dec Sun 24, 2017 3:31 pm 
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I used bondo as in auto body, it works great on wood. I built it up in a couple layers and block sanded smooth and flat. Wood glue and contact cement will adhere real well on the bondo, just leave at least a 120 -180 grit scratch for the glue to grab onto ( mechanical adhesion) we call it instead of chemical adhesion. I'm starting to use yellow glue with iron (heat) to reactivate after set up time for veneer. Contact cement works good also on veneer but has to be done right so it doesn't give you undesirable results down the road. Veneering is a challenge even to me, I don't have a vacuum press or the tools they used in the 30,s, like molds to press the veneer down tight while glue dry's. Practice and patience is key , trial and error will happen. I'm getting good at it but still needing improvement in certain areas.


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 Post subject: Re: Majestic 1250 cabinet overhaul (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Dec Mon 25, 2017 12:00 am 
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Okay, thanks Fred. I learned on a woodworking forum about using a steam iron, and when the glue bubbles, it's done. the challenges are over curved surfaces, and I've found that bending the veneer over a piece of big PVC pipe or a week or so - or even using rubber bands, make it easier. I still prefer to use wood/hide glue over a curved surface so if I screw up, some patience and water can help me start over.

I will try the bondo - I have been using Minwax wood filler (to fill under veneer) for years with good results - though you need plenty of ventilation.

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic 1250 cabinet overhaul (FINISHED)
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wow! that's simply stunning! what a take back in time.


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