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 Post subject: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Thu 21, 2020 1:28 pm 
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Received this very uncommon SW 1271 from one of our members here on the forum, i have one of these but was in far worse shape and required a total rebuild this one is not near what mine was. Yes the V pattern veneer was peeling along the bottom front and the sides and needed regluing on the upper part of cabinet no big deal. Getting the veneer down in V pattern and dealing with the round dial face took some time. Now ready for next steps of detailing the cabinet for grain filler and I will stop here until more progress is made. Thanks for looking


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File comment: You can see veneer is breaking away and very brittle and loose along the bottom.
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File comment: Gluing and clamping the entire top section due to failing glue joints, the top and front panel were coming apart at the seams
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File comment: New veneer along the bottom notice the angle of the grain, that's how it came from factory. A lot of veneer waste occurs when cutting such an angle on the sheet of veneer your using.
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File comment: V pattern
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File comment: I love that water fall maple on the upper front panel and will be toned along the edges like factory unless customer tells me dont do it.
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File comment: Lookin good, all nice and tight and solid cabinet once again and stripped ready to proceed.
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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Thu 21, 2020 4:37 pm 
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Fantastic save Fred. Love it 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Fri 22, 2020 4:39 am 
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Nice work.

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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Fri 22, 2020 6:41 pm 
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Thanks for the compliments , i have now finished up this very nice SW 1271. I will let cabinet cure for a few days they ship it back home, thanks for looking.


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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Sat 23, 2020 2:29 pm 
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The originals look like they have toner around the edges on the front, maybe to even out the veneer shades a bit.

I'm not sure how one would replicate that....airbrush?

I have one of these somewhere...my collection is boxed up right now. I made it a goal to acquire all of the tombstones from this year, this one was the last one I found. I'd say it's the least common, except for the hyper-rare Stewart Warner "Stuart" with the chrome inset grille, of which I've only seen two or three -- and those are probably samples or a special salesman model, not something that was mass produced.

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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Sat 23, 2020 2:53 pm 
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I may have to spray some more toner on the edges, I've did spray some like you said and its not showing up in photos as much as it is in person. Thanks for you comment's, I will get some more toner on there and repost, there is no fade out on the sides just the front grill edges. I also have a 1271 , it was a basket case but I managed to save it. All new veneer on the whole cabinet turned out very well.


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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Sat 23, 2020 3:44 pm 
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Up date , more of a darker walnut fade out color was added to the edges of the front panel. It looked ok at first but with Stewart Warner experts examining photos and my self decided to go with more color in those areas in question. It does resemble the factory look better now. Thanks for all the comments


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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Sun 24, 2020 8:46 pm 
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Fred, amazing work! Thank you for sharing!

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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Mon 25, 2020 2:46 am 
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No Prob. I'm still posting here i will never leave but starting to do facebook as well to draw in some business for the shop.


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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Tue 26, 2020 2:32 am 
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Looks great. Can't wait to see it.

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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Tue 26, 2020 5:55 pm 
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Nice work.

The cabinet styling on that is really odd...The bottom looks mid 30's modernist but the top looks more like the older styles of the 1920's it's kinda like a Russian nesting doll with the top half removed to reveal a different smaller one in side.


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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: May Tue 26, 2020 10:41 pm 
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Electronic Memory wrote:
Nice work.

The cabinet styling on that is really odd...The bottom looks mid 30's modernist but the top looks more like the older styles of the 1920's it's kinda like a Russian nesting doll with the top half removed to reveal a different smaller one in side.

That's what makes this 1271 a highly collectable model , Funny how that works.


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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: Jun Mon 15, 2020 2:19 pm 
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After assembly.


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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: Jun Mon 15, 2020 3:23 pm 
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That there looks bad to the bone. Nice job. That looks bran new really does.


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 Post subject: Re: Stewart Warner 1271 tombstone restore
PostPosted: Jun Mon 15, 2020 3:25 pm 
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Im am going to have to redo mine now, looks better than mine. See you get better with age and experience.


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