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Larry Buskirk

Repurposing A Silver Box (New PC Build)

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34 minutes ago, Larry Buskirk said:

Here's a look at the dial assembly mounted. @Grandpadave52  Tuned for listening to "Animal Stories" on 89 WLS Chicago. :P

Love it!!!  The "patch" is perfect with the dial...can't get much more nostalgic than this.:)

34 minutes ago, Larry Buskirk said:

And here's a look at the dial lit up.

This is getting more & more cool everyday.B) I never would have thunk of doing something like this. I'm entranced.:P

 

Edit add: BTW, Merry Christmas to you and yours also.

Edited by Grandpadave52

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Needs an old Philco radio emblem.  Really set it off.  I know always coming up with more work.

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13 hours ago, Grandpadave52 said:

Love it!!!  The "patch" is perfect with the dial...can't get much more nostalgic than this.:)

This is getting more & more cool everyday.B) I never would have thunk of doing something like this. I'm entranced.:P

 

Edit add: BTW, Merry Christmas to you and yours also.

Thanks Dave,

I'm now in the process of adding one more overlay to give the dial surround a bit more depth.

Wait until you see what I have in mind for the cabinet it will reside on. ;)

3 hours ago, lew said:

Man, Larry, this is an awesome retro look!

Thanks Lew,

I'll also be doing up a monitor, and keyboard in a retro style. :D

2 hours ago, Woodbutcherbynight said:

Needs an old Philco radio emblem.  Really set it off.  I know always coming up with more work.

Thanks Curtis,

I've got an old Atwater Kent radio plaque somewhere, I hope I can find it. :unsure:

I can add it at anytime though it's a brass plate that mounts with screws.

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4 minutes ago, Larry Buskirk said:

I've got an old Atwater Kent radio plaque somewhere, I hope I can find it. :unsure:

I can add it at anytime though it's a brass plate that mounts with screws.

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24 minutes ago, lew said:

I sure wish I still had this old beauty. My early beginnings into electronics-

That is so flippin' cool Lew. It looks like it's a Dumont??? IDK Dumont made their own TV to go along with their TV network. They were so far ahead of the game in the late 40's & early 50's.

I've never seen one like that. Now I want one too.:lol:

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1 hour ago, Larry Buskirk said:

I'm now in the process of adding one more overlay to give the dial surround a bit more depth.

Wait until you see what I have in mind for the cabinet it will reside on.

Alright, now you're just teasin' me...and making me wait on Christmas day...that's not very nice.:DevilLaughing:

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1 hour ago, Larry Buskirk said:

So as not to be a tease here's a look at the second overlay, and the trim I'll be putting on both sides of the front panel.

Love the panel addition and the trim...not just retro anymore, but truly art deco appearance...very cool.

 

2 hours ago, Larry Buskirk said:

Still tuned in to WLS waiting for Larry Lujack, Little Tommy, and Animal Stories. :DayDreaming:

:lol::D:lol:...

Here ya' go...:D

 

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Coming along nicely.  Got my meters for my new 12 volt power box so finally can get started.

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1 minute ago, Woodbutcherbynight said:

Coming along nicely.  Got my meters for my new 12 volt power box so finally can get started.

Cool! :TwoThumbsUp:

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Me too, 'cept I was well beyond my teens. Listened to them every morning on the way to work. I think I laughed more at "Little Tommy" laughing than the stories sometimes.:lol:

14 minutes ago, Larry Buskirk said:

Boy did that bring back some memories, I loved "Animal Stories" when I was in my early teens. 

Holy cow Larry...and you envisioned all this driving down the road spotting a couple of old silver-ware boxes? I gotta' get out more:P

...and when I think it can't get any more cool than it is, it does...careful, you live a lot closer to Capone's boys than I do...they would have loved to have had this in a "Speak-easy."

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Yesterdays, and todays updates.

 

Yesterday was more materials run than work getting accomplished.

First off was a run to the local recycle yard for some PC parts.

I thought I did pretty good for $3.00.

 

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That was until I found out today I lost the Red LED that I had scrounged.:(

 

I set about building the wiring chase for the lamp finial knob.

 

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I also added a backsplash to the lid.

 

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Here's a view of a trial fit of the chase. The piece at the top is a brass plate from a trophy shop. I'll be putting the two large crystal bezels in it.

 

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This is how the front of the chase mounts to the lid. The screw gets covered with the lamp finials brass base.

 

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This is how I mounted the rear of the chase.

 

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I also installed the chassis backplate stops into the top case section.

 

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I had to add a layer of veneer to the rear edge so the two case sections line up for securing the two case sections together. The center section is also veneered so everything lines up.

 

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Then I attached the lid hinge.

 

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Here's a top view of the chase installed for fitting purposes. I'll be using a red LED in the top crystal bezel, a white LED in the lower crystal bezel, and a blue led in the lamp finial knob.

 

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And a frontal view.

 

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I also made up the resistor network for the LED's. I'm running the LED's in a parallel circuit so if one burns out I can tell which one went bad.

 

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I also started working on the worst of the doors for what will be the cabinet the computer will be going into. It's pretty rough, but I'm going to use it because it matches the other door. This door is from another "White Clad" cabinet that I salvaged the door, and drawer front from. The rest was junk.

 

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I've removed most of the hardware with the exception of one screw which is being real stubborn. I'll be reusing the hinges, and the pull from the drawer front. All of the current screw holes will be filled, as I'll be relocating the hinges, etc.. I hope I have enough Oak veneer left to repair the panels. These are some really cheaply built doors in that the back is just 1/8" plywood.

 

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Here I've got the door glued up and clamped.

 

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With going with the red, white, and blue, LEDs I may have a custom plaque "The Patriot" made up by my buddy that works at the trophy shop. I'm also going to replace the rear case fan with a blue lighted PWM fan. It's already got a red lighted power supply fan, a white lighted CPU cooler fan, so I may just as well add the blue to keep the theme going. The motherboard supports single color LED's and allows me to set different lighting effects. 

 

Well that's it for today.

 

Until next time. :TwoThumbsUp:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by Larry Buskirk

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9 minutes ago, Larry Buskirk said:

With going with the red, white, and blue, LEDs I may have a custom plaque "The Patriot" made up by my buddy that works at the trophy shop.

Alright, now you're just showing off by impressing the "boss":ROFL:

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