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 Post subject: Amrad F-516 cabinet
PostPosted: Sep Thu 09, 2021 9:47 pm 
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Hello, I am really new to cabinet restoration, and as you can see in the photo I am missing some wood.

Is there anyone who could advise me.

Thank you.



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 Post subject: Re: Amard F-516 cabinet
PostPosted: Sep Fri 10, 2021 7:30 am 
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You would need to find some French walnut veneer, with the same grain pattern, plain cut most likely, and patch the missing section, that is unless you have the missing pieces? Is the radio an Amard or an Amrad? I think Amrad was taken over by Crosley, which explains the cabinet similarity to some Crosley models.
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 Post subject: Re: Amard F-516 cabinet
PostPosted: Sep Fri 10, 2021 10:05 am 
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I repaired a Stromberg-Carlson cabinet with a very similar situation. I made patches to the veneer with some new veneer pieces I already had. The species of wood is not that important the way I did it, in fact, I used birch veneer. I carefully cut pieces to fill in what was missing. I glued the pieces in place and sanded the edges to make everything even. After that, I add a wash coat of shellac (as I always do before refinishing work, 1 part can shellac with 4-5 parts thinner).

Using a small, fine artist's brush I slowly painted on wood stain to get the new veneer to blend in. On top of that, I used a slightly darker stain to paint in the missing grain texture.

The process takes a bit of artistic feeling to accomplish and can be a little tedious, but you can make an invisible repair with the process. Because of the initial wash coat of shellac, if I make a mistake or am not really happy with the work I've done, I can use paint thinner and wipe it all off and start again.


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 Post subject: Re: Amrad F-516 cabinet
PostPosted: Sep Fri 10, 2021 4:42 pm 
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Hello, sorry for the error on the trade mark.

I have another question, can I use this shellac with versol?


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 Post subject: Re: Amrad F-516 cabinet
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 5:42 am 
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That's the shellac to use. It used to be called "white shellac" (and some others still call it that), but they changed it to "clear shellac" because some people didn't understand the "white" terminology. For a wash or sealer coat it needs to be thinned -- one part shellac to four to five parts thinner. You end up with a very thin solution that applies like water and dries in minutes. The traditional solvent is denatured alcohol, but apparently that isn't available in the US anymore, so you'll have to get whatever they sell for that purpose now.


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 Post subject: Re: Amrad F-516 cabinet
PostPosted: Oct Thu 07, 2021 9:55 pm 
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Hello, I'm almost done, I still have to sand for a better finish.
When I stripped there was loss of pieces of wood in the middle, it was crumbling and I therefore decided to modify it.
I would like to know what you think of it or if you see things not right


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 Post subject: Re: Amrad F-516 cabinet
PostPosted: Oct Fri 15, 2021 12:48 am 
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Alan Voorhees wrote:
That's the shellac to use. It used to be called "white shellac" (and some others still call it that), but they changed it to "clear shellac" because some people didn't understand the "white" terminology. For a wash or sealer coat it needs to be thinned -- one part shellac to four to five parts thinner. You end up with a very thin solution that applies like water and dries in minutes. The traditional solvent is denatured alcohol, but apparently that isn't available in the US anymore, so you'll have to get whatever they sell for that purpose now.

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Alan, Am I missing something, I find denatured alcohol at all the box stores

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 Post subject: Re: Amrad F-516 cabinet
PostPosted: Oct Fri 15, 2021 8:54 am 
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sawblade54 wrote:
Alan, Am I missing something, I find denatured alcohol at all the box stores

Good to know. I had heard it wasn't available anymore, but not being in the US anymore makes it hard to check.


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 Post subject: Re: Amrad F-516 cabinet
PostPosted: Oct Fri 15, 2021 5:51 pm 
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looks like it was banned in California..

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