1936 Baird T5 TV Receiver restoration
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.
This picture shows the veneer sheets selected for the front panel.
Since these pictures were taken the veneers have been glued to the panel and are presently under the special press made for the job.
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.
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.