Repurposed Vintage Philco AM Console Radio

July 5th, 2012 in member junk     
gadgetsponge Brian Carlisle, contributor
8 users recommend


I had a lot of fun with this project.  I started by gutting the inside and then cutting away certain panel sections to make room for the vintage post office box door, the sewing drawer setup and the old instrument panel.  After creating a compartment behind the post office door with the bottom of a vintage tacklebox, I customized a housing for the sewing drawers. I used an old (airport I think) glass light fixture with a custom light housing I made from copper and brass parts.  Then came the fun part with paint.  I used ASCP.  It's seems so funny when doing projects like these when you work so hard to paint all the colors and sub-colors on JUST to sand and beat them back off.  Anyway, I finished up with some dark and clear wax.  This old console radio can't carry a tune anymore, but it can now house a lot of goodies!


Pattern or design used: My own design - Brian GadgetSponge
posted in: member junk, globe, wall, instrument panel, red light

Comments (8)

BillyJo writes: I SO LOVE THIS. I FOUND ONE OF THESE RADIO CABINETS AT A STORAGE SHED. BUT IT HUMMBED WHEN I PLUGGED IT IN. I COULDNT KILL IT. ILL DO THIS WHEN I GET A NEW ONE. THANKS FOR THE IDEA. I WAS THINKING OF A WINE RACK IN THE BACK.
BILLYJO Posted: 3:59 pm on July 27th
shellyandrade writes: OMG - I can't believe you just did this! I needed something quick to paint for my booth at the store, so I got a wild hair yesterday to paint the old stereo that has been in our family for decades. I also painted it up all funky, then said to myself "self" why would somebody want to buy this except for a display piece, so I'm tossing around the idea of ripping out the stereo components and adding hidden storage shelves from the back before I take it to the store today. I just hate to pull out the guts if it actually works. The cord is rotten and I'm sure the fuses need to be replaced, but I don't know if there is any value in that or not. If you have any knowledge of this, contact me today at: shellyandrade14@gmail.com. Thanx ~ great job!! I haven't been on this site in months, and it is too ironic that I stumbled upon this today of all days. Way cool!! Posted: 2:00 am on July 23rd
JunkyDW writes: WOW I love this one Nice Job!!!!! Posted: 11:27 am on July 9th
LloydsLandingofSears writes: This project exites me, and I can tell it exited you from the get-go! WOWEE! It's a work of art, and useful too. I love that you incorporated drawers and boxes and retrofited them into the cabinet. To me, the old music player still sings . . . ~Mary~ Posted: 1:13 pm on July 6th
JunkArchitect writes: That is one cooOool finish! I sure do love this piece.

Jim
Posted: 5:27 am on July 6th
snelson4778 writes: Brian,
You really come across some great pieces! I love what you did I have a few pieces I have been holding back maybe I will get inspired now, Great imagination and execution!
Posted: 7:58 pm on July 5th
georgiamoon writes: WOW Brian. This is super cool and the colors are fantastic! That took a LOT of work but it turned out beautifully.
Georgia Posted: 11:59 am on July 5th
Bec4 writes: I love the color--what a fun piece! Posted: 7:10 am on July 5th
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