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 Post subject: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Thu 16, 2019 11:46 pm 
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Will upload the pics and progress as I get the pictures downloaded on the computer but here is what I started with... The picture does not show all the cabinet damage... The lower 1/3 had damage clear into the second layer of substrate, along with missing veneer... Also the inner support structures had to be rebuilt... It was a 6 month project but was happy with how it turned out...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Thu 16, 2019 11:54 pm 
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Had to start with making new inner support braces that had competely fallen apart so I had something to attatch the substrate to... Also had to make new angle support blocks... Pretty much had to get the base squared up and solid and start working my way out and up... Sorry for the poor pics... They where taken in my garage which doesnt have very good lights for taking pictures... Should have turned my flash on... :?


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 12:06 am 
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After the base was solid and square, starting from the bottom and moving up, I started gluing all the loose veneer back down... Although the pics dont show it, all the veneer on the lower third was lifting or barely attached to the cabinet... Most of it i could get under with a putty knife and just slide it under the venner and it lifted with little effort... Most of the glue had dried out and had to be sanded off before new glue was applied... Around the base where the Queensland Walnut had a vertical grain, if I could get the entire piece lifted, I would glue the whole thing down... If there was still some attached that would not lift, I used a small syringe needle I picked up at our local farm supply store to get the glue deep under the veneer and worked into areas that had very small windows to work with... Worked quite will and spent A LOT of time gluing and clamping...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 12:27 am 
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You do nice work! Also, the internal structure you built looks like factory cabinetry.

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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 1:02 am 
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Jumped to the top of the right side of the cabinet after the lower veneer was glued and clamped and patched in a missing piece... Hard to match the grain of 70+ year old veneer but had some from a roached Zenith 12U158 that I salvaged a lot of veneer from... Not a perfect match but once it was installed and sanded it had a good color match... Once the cabinet was done it was barely noticable... Still had to patch in the tiny piece of Queensland Walnut, just hadnt received it yet from thinwoodandoldtools, a seller on eBay... received the venner and it was a great match...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 1:12 am 
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Now to the part of the cabinet that almost made me get rid of it... This was the worst of the cabinet... Thought a lot about wether or not to try and find a nicer cabinet due to how much time I would have into this... In this area, even though the inner pieces look attatched, every layer down to the inner most one had to be seperated, lifted, sanded, cleaned out with air, and glued and clamped... Also the veneer was bubble up nearly half way up the cabinet... This was by far the worst and most time consuming part of the repairs... This was about a week long process to get all the layers to lay correct and flat... Getting the glue deep into the middle of the cabinet was a nightmare while trying not the crack the layer above... Many beers where consumed during this surgery... After it was all done though, you would have never known how bad it was if I hadnt had to patch in a missing piece of veneer... I didnt show all the inner layers being glued, but I used the same process on them as I am here on the veneer...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 1:29 am 
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Once all the repairs where made, it was laying nice and flat.. And like I said if all the original veneer had been present, you would have never known that the cabinet was that damaged... It looks like the veneer about half way up the cabinet is rippled, but that is just the glue residue that I would later sand off after stripping the cabinet of its original finish... After getting it all down I trimmed the back edge of the existing veneer to make a nice seam for a patch...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 2:12 am 
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Here it is after getting the piece patched in along with the new piece of the Queensland Walnut glued in... Looking very nice at this point.. Far cry from what I started with... I would later on stain the Queensland Walnut patches with a dark walnut stain to match as close as I could to the original color...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 2:19 am 
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So here we are after all the veneer repairs had been made and the cabinet sanded... Removed the grille bars as they where all held in with screws and this will make it a lot easier to work with when applying the finish... Also a few pictures with the grain filler applied... Used Timbermate brand filler as used by one Mr Fred Taylor...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 2:27 am 
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A few pics of the cabinet after the grain filler was sanded and ready to apply the Mohawk Medium Dark Walnut stain... Once again per Mr Fred Taylor... :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 2:35 am 
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Coming down the home stretch! Got the stain applied... The Timbermate grain filler took the stain fantastic... Once applied you could not see any of the filler showing through... Highly recommend it... Ended up applying two rounds of stain to make it a little darker as I didnt like how light it was after one coat... I was amazed at how easy the stain is to apply and wipe off... Kind of like Mr Miyagi said, "Wax on, Wax off"... Wipe it one, let is set for a few seconds, wipe it off.. Looks fantastic and the color is so, so rich... You get what you pay for with professional quality products...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 2:41 am 
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And after the Mohawk EZ vinyl sealer sprayed... Bought a spray gun kit off of Amazon and watched a lot of videos to try and learn the right techniques for spraying... At least with the sealer if I messed up I could sand it off and try again.. Got it sprayed pretty good on the first try though... After that, time to tone and put on the final coats of lacquer...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 2:46 am 
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I masked off the bottom and toned it with Mohawk Perfect Brown pigmented toner to hide the wood grain... Would also do this color with the grille bars, both vertical and horizontal... Then sprayed the first couple coats of Mohawk 60 Sheen lacquer... After that I let is sit a few days and sanded with 420 to cut down what little orange peel there was in preperation for the final coats...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 3:01 am 
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Here is is after two more coats... Will do another round of light sanding with 420 grit then ready for the final coats and reassembly... :D


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 3:09 am 
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And finally, after 6 months of work and countless hours, the cabinet has its final coats, has the grille bars installed, and is ready for the grille cloth and dial escutcheon... The final finish went on great and once cured was so smooth that I will not need to do any sanding or rubbing of the finish... Love the Mohawk line of products!! After that I re-blued the inside of the cabinet with my own special mixture of oil stains so that the wood grain of the cabinet still shows through... I like this look better than painting in my opinion... The new inner supports for some reason show up a different hue in the pictures but in person you cant tell them from any other part of the inside... It also looks more black than blue in the pictures but that is because of the lighting... Once I turned the flash on you can see the blue pop... In person it is a beautiful deep blue and all the grain is present, just like original...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 3:16 am 
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Heres the inside of the cabinet...


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 3:28 am 
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Want to give a special thanks to Mr Fred Taylor for all his advice and recommendation of products... After it was all said and done I am glad that I decided to stick with this cabinet and not search for another one... It was a great learning experience which will help in the future for other restorations... Was lucky with this one that the original 15 tube only grille cloth is in perfect condition and the chassis still contained the orignal(or could have been replaced at some point) 6T5 eye tube, which when I went to test it was over the moon thrilled when it is still as bright as the NOS 6U5 I had planned to put in it, and has great deflection... Now I dont know if I should keep the 6T5 in it or keep it put away and run the 6U5 since I plan on this radio to be my daily driver... Now this summer I will tackle this nasty thing... 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 5:13 am 
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I have a Deforest Crosley with a rare 6X6 eye tube and I installed a switch for the heater on the tube , so if I didn't want to have the tube wear out I can switch off the tube. If I wanted to show someone the working tube I can turn it on.
It is a waste to have the tube sitting on a shelf when you can enjoy it.
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 12:58 am 
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Very Nice job on the zenith 15u269 sdradioman, I may learn something from you as well, I have personally have one needing close to the same type of repair . A fellow collector friend of mine also has another 15u269 , yes needing the close to the same thing as well. Like I said great job and your on your way to getting great results as you get better and better at this type of work.


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 Post subject: Re: Cabinet restoration of my Zenith 15U269
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 2:25 am 
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Great Job!


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