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 Post subject: Zenith 12s245 chairside (DONE)
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 1:34 am 
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Another zenith in for new finish and new Queensland walnut veneer will be replaced on the two left and right hinged doors. You don't see many of these around and I'm sure this will be a great lookin set once its all done and put back together and playing. So Stay tuned in and see how this one turns out. Most of the veneer on this radio is called Australian Queensland walnut, Queensland walnut was used a little on some other different zeniths shutter dial radio cabinets. Some of the other veneers maybe ribbon mahogany and dark stripped walnut but not really sure.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside
PostPosted: Jun Fri 07, 2019 8:39 pm 
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Coming right along, I got the two doors re veneered and everything grain filled, later today I will resume work on this wonderful radio.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside
PostPosted: Jun Sat 08, 2019 3:07 am 
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Fred

Picture of my original 12-S-245. Note the dark toned horizontal strip. Most of the refinished sets I’ve seen are missing this strip.

Can’t wait to see your finished product!

Lenny


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside
PostPosted: Jun Sun 09, 2019 12:24 am 
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This looks to be an original/old finish - with no horizontal bands.
Large image→ http://scottgs.dynip.com/pictures/Antiq ... %20001.jpg

others: http://scottgs.dynip.com/pictures/Antiq ... %2012S245/

Greg.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside
PostPosted: Jun Sun 09, 2019 4:42 am 
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I’d have to agree... the dark band looks to just be a darker portion of the veneer and not actually there on purpose... the band is not perfectly straight which it would have been had it been toned...


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside
PostPosted: Jun Sun 09, 2019 1:09 pm 
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Look at the lighter bands on the set im working on, exactly the same on both sides. Looks like it was put there on purpose.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 2:55 am 
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Each radio would have been veneered by a different cabinet maker in the workshop. Variations would not be uncommon, especially over a long run.

The lighter bands should contrast nicely without toning.
Not speaking of you Fred - - but toning is often done incorrectly by many people today. They fail to do their research.

:) Greg.
oh... it looks great Fred.
A lot of elbow grease. Lol


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside (DONE)
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 6:05 pm 
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Another zenith radio cabinet completely refinished, this radio will sure be a great addition to any radio collection. The new veneer turned out very well on the both the lids. The finish is very smooth semi gloss, grain filled and sealed veneer's provided a nice surface to lay down some color and Lacquer top coats.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside (DONE)
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 4:48 am 
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Wow Fred! Looks Great!

Love that wood grain. As usual you did a superb job on this radio cabinet.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside (DONE)
PostPosted: Jun Wed 12, 2019 1:56 am 
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Excellent work Fred... :)

Greg.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside (DONE)
PostPosted: Jun Wed 12, 2019 3:11 am 
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Just another Masterpiece made by Fred Taylor. Excellent work as usual Fred. Congrats!!

Dick


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12s245 chairside (DONE)
PostPosted: Jun Thu 13, 2019 11:07 pm 
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Sooooooooooo Nice!


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