Changing Table Build.. #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 04-20-2013 04:13 PM 1148 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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About a week ago my wife and mother were out thrift store shopping when they came across an old radio cabinet. It was originally marked $195 but was marked down to $50. Add to that a 50% off all furniture sale and this ended up costing us $25 when it was all said and done.

It appears to be an old 1940’s – 1950’s radio cabinet with radio, speakers and turn table still intact (though the functionality is in question). The wife wants me to covert it into a changing table/dresser type of a piece for the baby room. I said I would see what I could do and it looks like it should be somewhat a simple thing to do. MY only request was that I be allowed to try to keep it as original looking as possible because it really is a gorgeous piece of furniture.

So here it is. I would really like some suggestions on how to approach this project and also how to clean up old finish. I was thinking a 3M pad soaked in BLO and a lot of scrubbing but other suggestions are very much appreciated.

And a look at the radio which I hope to covert into a guitar amplifier at some point.. lots of yummy american vintage tube goodness in here..

Stay tuned for more… I only have about 4 weeks to get this done before my son arrives.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 04-20-2013 04:47 PM

I’d clean it with muphy’s oil soap. Then wax or blo/wax mix

edit: I’ve used lemon oil after cleaning with great success as well

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 05:27 PM

Quite a find for 25 bucks!

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 09:57 PM

That is an awesome find for $25! We used a dresser with a standard foam changing pad on the top of it for my daughter. The pad was removed and the dresser is still in her room. May just want to remove the innards and create shelves and drawers inside then just use the pad on top.
Just a thought, look forward to seeing how you do it.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 04-20-2013 10:23 PM

Chris That is the prelimanary plan. Just gut it and create some shelves or spots for drawer baskets to go. I am trying to decide what to do about the panels covering the speakers right now. As you can see from the second pic they are hinged half slats with a beveled edge on the outboard side of them. I could dowel them to create doors but need to figure out how to fill the space where the bevel is. I am thinking I could plane them to a 45 and infill with some wood. I still have a lot of gutting to do before that is all decided though.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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