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1936 Baird T5 TV Receiver restoration  

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Till Eulenspiegel
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After checking the remains of the original front panel we find that the edges around the aperture of the timebase controls are not veneered but simply painted brown.  The same applies to the T23.  

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This picture shows the veneer sheets selected for the front panel.  

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Since these pictures were taken the veneers have been glued to the panel and are presently under the special press made for the job.

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Posted : 09/12/2019 10:31 pm
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The veneered front panel.  

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Posted : 10/12/2019 9:57 am
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In order to preserve the original appearance of the set the detailing on the old front panel must be transferred to the new panel.   

The reworked picture was taken January 23 this year.

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Posted : 10/12/2019 5:01 pm
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It will look first class when you have it all sorted. There was virtually only sawdust and worm holes when you received it.

 

Frank

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Posted : 10/12/2019 5:47 pm
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Hi Frank,  I have to confess that I'm all that keen on those vertical decorative strips on the cabinet front,.But, that's the way the set was made so that's the way the set will be presented to it's owner. The set  has to look exactly as it was made in 1936. Later T5 and all T23 sets don't have the detailing.

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Posted : 10/12/2019 8:44 pm
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The attachment shows all that remains of the old front panel. Later this week the decorative strips will be transferred over to the new panel.

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All the left side parts are still in existence but there is a fair number of missing parts on the right side.

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Showing how the front panel will look after final assembly. Two decorative strips are missing and will have to be replicated. The timebase controls door might need replacing, it's solid enough but is a bit worm damaged. Easy part to replicate.  

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Close up picture of one of the decorative strips.

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There's evidence that work has been done in the past to correct woodworm damage. The holes and filler came to light after the dark lacquer was sanded off.

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Posted : 19/12/2019 10:51 am
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The original decorative strips were pinned and glued into position yesterday. 
Later today the new panel will test fitted in the cabinet.  

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Posted : 10/01/2020 1:00 am
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Showing the new front panel fitted in the cabinet.

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Posted : 10/01/2020 9:21 pm
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Just watching the transformation, fascinating. 👍 

 

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Posted : 10/01/2020 10:10 pm
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Hi Frank,  thanks for the compliment.  One more job to do on the front panel, and it's a tricky one. Fit the ball catch for the timebase controls door.

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Posted : 10/01/2020 10:24 pm
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Although the new side panels seemed to look OK, after applying French polish I wasn't entirely satisfied with the appearance of the surfaces. So on Monday it was decided to use the remainder of those veneer sheets bought last year to improve the look of the sides. Also, as the front panel is covered with those decorative strips the grain pattern of the veneer is almost covered up. At least the new veneers can be seen at the sides. I haven't book matched the veneers because the original panels weren't done so in that manner.

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Posted : 15/01/2020 3:48 pm
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That's the other side panel re-veneered. The left side panel will be the one with the on-off switch.

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First picture shows the position of the on-off switch and the second picture shows the woodworm damaged panel. Behind the old panel can be seen one of the two spare side panels. After this project is completed there will be enough spare cabinet parts to construct another T5 or T23.

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