The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
I thought that I would like to share the last installment of my Philharmonic,
the cabinet started life as an Allwave 23 Tasman, but the radio has sadly long gone, and there was some horrible modifications done to the back of the cabinet top cross member, in fact this was nearly cut in two,
here is the cabinet just removed from the car,
the grooves are nearly 1/8 inch deep,
the cabinet was flipped over to get these out.
using the old front panel to locate the original screw holes, an mdf panel was cut and fitted. This allowed the positions of the dial parts and the bottom edge of the radio chassis to be marked inside the cabinet,
this measurement is critical as all panel positions are taken from this datum line.
I then cut a new front panel from 9mm Baltic plywood, using a router for the dial hole, and a jigsaw for the speaker grill, using a guide to keep the grill lines straight and parallel.
The panel was then coated in shellac, in the photo there was about 4 coats so far,
At this point the new panel looks awful, the answer is to keep adding coats of shellac, once a decent thickness is built up, about 10 coats or so, this is sanded back with 400 grit wet n dry Using turpentine as lubricant,
and then metal polish as a finish this will leave a high gloss like a piano.
I then fitted the panel to the radio to make sure that everything was going well.
The new internal shelf was cut from a pine board, these are sold for home projects, it's fairly knot free and sanded to size, the thickness is perfect at 3/4 "
the board was cut to clear the existing side grilles and mounted on oak blocks, glued and screwed to the cabinet sides
the only problem is the chassis hangs out of the cabinet, so I decided to make an extension, rather than removing the veneer and rebuilding the sides I made a removable frame to fit.
here is a picture of the philharmonic next to my Allwave fifteen, not my original intention to have a pair of Tasman cabinets, but over here in the UK Scott parts are as rare as...., beggars can't be choosers.
the dial is laser cut by me as the purchased one was 2% too big and the station ident's did not align, but that's another story.
Thanks to all of those members involved for the photographs, dimensional drawings, and most of all the motivation.
Nice job Mike. I assume it is playing well now.
I have a Waverly Grand cabinet that I would love to see a Philharmonic in. The veneer on it is shot, so maybe one day it will get a full rebuild with some extra depth.
What a project!!
Lowering the receiver shelf appears to have cost you the clearance for the correct 15 inch speaker speaker.
Still, an attractive result.
There are more decent Scott sets than Scott cabinets to hold them. If you intend to play them, they sound better in a sturdy cabinet.