The RCA UZ-1325 Horn Speaker: A Brief History and How to Restore It

July 10, 2019

Jason Rogers   A Brief History: General Electric designed the RCA UZ-1325 horn speaker, like the other three known production horns sold by RCA in the 1920s.  It was first sold in 1924 for $25—about $500 in today’s dollars.  It was designed to replace the previous model, the UZ-1320, which had sold for $36.50 a…

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Radio Cabinet Repair & Refinishing Made Short, Simple & With Minimal Tools – Part IV

July 10, 2019

Step 7: Stripping   (NEED: liquid furniture stripper, green Scotch Brite pads, metal trays, painter’s respirator, blue painter’s tape, chemical resistant gloves, splash-proof safety goggles, 3 mil plastic sheeting, 180, 220, 400 and 600 grit sandpaper, rubber sanding block, mineral spirits, tack cloths, disposable gloves, clean painters rags, spray cans tinted lacquer (toner), clear gloss…

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Radio Cabinet Repair & Refinishing Made Short, Simple & With Minimal Tools – Part III

July 10, 2019

Step 6: Veneer   (NEED: veneer, steel straight-edge, hide glue, 3M blue painter’s tape, 120 grit sandpaper, canned air, cheese cloth, white vinegar, razor blades, nitrile or latex gloves, cardboard, clean rags or paper towels, wood blocks, clamps, Bondo plastic spreader tool)   (OPTIONAL: veneer saw, veneer tape, self-healing sewing or craft cutting mat, strap…

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Radio Cabinet Repair & Refinishing Made Short, Simple & With Minimal Tools- Part II

July 10, 2019

Step 5: Glue   (NEED: hide glue, yellow PVA glue, clamps, 3M blue painter’s tape, 120 grit sandpaper, canned air, cheese cloth, white vinegar, razor blades, nitrile or latex gloves, cardboard, clean rags or paper towels)   (OPTIONAL: drill, twist drill bits, tech swabs, finish head brads, pneumatic brad, pin or staple gun, air compressor,…

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Radio Cabinet Repair & Refinishing Made Short, Simple & With Minimal Tools- Part I

July 10, 2019

Step 1: Evaluate What Do I Do First? Order is important, don’t work yourself into a corner! Usually, but not always, in the following order: Structure Structural joints- bottom, sides, etc. Major parts- legs, braces, etc. Secondary structure Delamination of plywood Shelves, speaker mounting boards, etc. Warped lids, doors, etc. Veneer Finish Non-wood parts (knobs,…

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