antique Weston voltmeter restoration

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Project by maddawg308 posted 08-30-2011 10:45 PM 3761 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did this one a few years back, still have it. It’s an antique Weston millivoltmeter. It was on eBay for $5 plus the ride, I wanted a small project that involved electronics (ham radio is a hobby of mine) and woodworking as well. Stripped the old red paint job off it, inside and out, stained it mahogony and it turned out a nice dark reddish hue. Had a local leathersmith make a new leather handle to replace the old dried out one, repolished all the brass fittings, and of course rewired the voltmeter to work as normal. Kinda obsolete now as a meter, but still looks great on the shelf.

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 11:34 PM

good job
and reading this kind of meters instead of digitalmeters gives you in my mind a better
understanding of what you see
I know many wuold say it isnĀ“t so :-)


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#2 posted 08-30-2011 11:51 PM

Nice job on the restore, I still have a very old “Avo” meter from my days in the trade back in the 60’s :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 08-31-2011 12:20 AM

Nice restore, I still use mine to check shunts.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 08-31-2011 12:51 AM

They don’t make ‘em like they used to; it’s nice that the new electronic wonder-machines do all the things they do, but no one will do a restoration job on them when they’re gone—they just go in the trash with all our other stuff that should have lasted longer. I love the color of the finish. Nice job!

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#5 posted 08-31-2011 01:11 AM

cool project. I love the look of vintage electronics.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 08-31-2011 01:58 AM

Nice work! Should be a great old meter!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 08-31-2011 04:52 PM

Nice.. Mirror scale too. Can’t tell from the photo – is it center zero? Some of these were designed to use with bridge circuits in Telco offices.

A year ago I restored a Weston wood moisture meter. You can see it here The restoration mainly consisted of Murphy’s Oil Soap, some black shoe dye, and a “B” battery hack. It works, good, but I have no way of calibrating it.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#8 posted 08-31-2011 08:17 PM

I remember using one of those when I first became an Electrical Engineer. It was used with a current shunt to measure output current of a welder. They worked great and lasted a long time.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 04:04 AM

As an electrical engineer in-hiding, I love it! I have a few old meters myself, but none with a wood case. Great job on the restoration!

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting that order.

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