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 Post subject: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube tester
PostPosted: Mar Mon 19, 2018 12:15 am 
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Bought a Hickok 533 with a counter case. Used 2x4 ft 11/32" plywood, carefully planning it out, with a 1 1/2" top depth and
case depth of 5 1/2" it will all fit. Use piece of scrap for handle backup. Case is glued and air nailed with 1" brads.
Covering is from Parts Express on Amazon, always a generous cut, but 1.5 yards is needed, 1 yard is cutting it close, $20/yard. 3M 77 adhesive.
Lift off hinges, Marshall handle and new latches, corner guards due in, running late on ordering.
I like to back paint corners and any area that may show a cut black, and to seal up the edges of the plywood.
About $60 total and 4-6 hours, didn't track that so much. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
PostPosted: Mar Mon 19, 2018 1:58 am 
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Very nicely done!

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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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Nice work! Looks great....

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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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thanks fellas

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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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pretty spiffy!


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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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Started out as this well used case.


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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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Irwin, Bostich, Titebond, Marantz, Hickok - you ain't cheap! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Absolutely AWESOME job on that case. [insert high five emoji here]

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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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Very nice work! Great job on the covering. I'll bet that was the hardest part. I know I'd have concentrate to get that done right!


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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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thanks, LoL
You don't have to spend lots of money to get the better stuff, just be patient and watch for deals.
I've done a lot of old house restorations, and all the finish wood working, need quality tools for that.
Harbor Freight junk just doesn't cut it for daily use, clamps that slip, "steel" tools that snap. :)

That Marantz 4240 I picked up for $40, the normal blown right channel, rebuilt the p700 PWB, but now
it blows its fuse, just haven't got back to it. Need to get some money project moving, flipping wise.
I have a system down now for these cases. I like the Tolex brand elephant hide, looks good, nice to work
with. But still, several hours in cutting and building the case and a couple hours to cover it. plus hardware
I guess that's why no one does it, the retail cost would be about $300 if I sold them custom made.
Who would pay that for a tester worth equal or slightly less.

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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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"All it requires is patience...."

Man, guys like you, who have the patience--and skills--to turn out that kind of beautiful work fill me with admiration. And jealousy. I can be patient under a chassis, but repairing and refinishing cabinets and crafting an entire new case is way above my patience potential.

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Very nice indeed !

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Really HOT! Very well done!

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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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It came out great! I was looking to do my case, but was unsure of what to use for a covering.

I like the way the tolex looks, so, I am putting the shopping list together ! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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thanks gents
Tolex has a carbon fiber look too I really like, that is for one coming up, but the elephant hide is nice to work
and somewhat forgiving. I decided to wrap and glue the corners with a 1/2" wrap, made a template from one completed
corner and used it on the other 7 cuts to keep them consistent. The corner guards are taking 2-3 weeks to get here, ugh, if I like, will order more
to have in stock. found some 1/8" x 5/8" split rivets from Hanson Rivets to get rid of the screws.

From Parts Express on Amazon, ordered this a couple times and both were well beyond the 36" yard, (42" and 52"), but don't count on it.

Elephant: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CY ... UTF8&psc=1

Carbon fiber: https://www.amazon.com/Parts-Express-Ca ... 892N1SCKX3

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Great Job - looks very nice!

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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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Terrific job ... want to do about a dozen or two more, various sizes? I'll provide plans LOL. Maybe I'll trade some repairs for cases .... hmmmm

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Barry H Bennett wrote:
Terrific job ... want to do about a dozen or two more, various sizes? I'll provide plans LOL. Maybe I'll trade some repairs for cases .... hmmmm


here the finished pic, with tag ordered from dog tag engraver
sure, the basic box doesn't take long to cut out. I have a table saw, 12" compound miter saw and air tools.
If I made these to retail, it would be $200 complete with hardware and covered.
given hardware, tolex and labor time.
deals can be made ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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glue_ru wrote:
Barry H Bennett wrote:
Terrific job ... want to do about a dozen or two more, various sizes? I'll provide plans LOL. Maybe I'll trade some repairs for cases .... hmmmm


here the finished pic, with tag ordered from dog tag engraver
sure, the basic box doesn't take long to cut out. I have a table saw, 12" compound miter saw and air tools.
If I made these to retail, it would be $200 complete with hardware and covered.
given hardware, tolex and labor time.
deals can be made ;)


I think your $200 is cheap by half. I figure that once you have your process streamlined you probably have about four hours work per?? A craftsman who owns his tools is worth minimum $50/hr, and probably more like $75 ..... plus materials.

Again ... NICE WORK !! (intentional caps)


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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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thanks again.
Materials is about $85-90 per I'd guess, 4 hrs seems reasonable on time, so $300 is hitting the mark as a fair price.
my 1st estimate above was 300 I see.
wood 11/32" ply
hinges
latches
corner guards x8
rubber feet x8
tolex
1/2 can spray adhesive each
ID Tag if needed
Handle, nice Marshall handle $12

adds up

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 Post subject: Re: Making a new wood case for a Hickok or simliar Tube test
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I have no affiliation with this company. I think they put out a quality product. I just bought some tolex from Parts Express. I have 2 radios that need covering so I hit the 2 on the number I need. I went directly to the company because the shipping was cheaper than Amazon. The box arrives and it's almost 6 foot tall. It rolled out to almost 80". Just adding my 2 cents to what Joe said. I like a company that fudges on the customer side. I did a TO600 2 years ago and had left over from a yard. If you make a mistake on a big piece though. You will run out.

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