Here's the chassis in the cabinet.
Here is a shot of the grommets isolating the pan. I had to order these as the pan was pulled from an old 6G15 and was originally on springs.
Another shot of the chassis in the cab.
Here's my first attempt at the front panel. Long explanation coming! So I got this idea that I wanted to do something interesting for the front panel. When I first thought of the image I used (The Great Wave off Kanagawa), I was going to do it in plexiglass and etch it with my Dremel. Then I'd light it up H&K-style. Not being super-handy with the Dremel, I decided that it was too much hand-tracing and I'd probably screw it up at like 95% completion.
Then I got the idea to somehow print it on wood. The original painting is not nearly as wide as my panel, so I spent a couple hours in a freeware Photoshop knockoff painting ends onto the original. Then I reversed the image and printed it out on a color laser printer.
Following the instructions of a funny guy on YouTube (The Crafsman), I glued the image face down with Polycrylic. When dry I got the paper wet and rubbed it away, trying to leave the image behind. I rubbed through in a couple spots and then when everything dried there was still paper left over. This is what it looked like.
I tried this again and failed. I was about ready to just glue the paper down but I liked the wood grain showing through the "white" areas. My next option worked - I got tissue paper (used for wrapping gifts) and glued/taped it to printer paper. I printed a non-reversed image on it and then used Polycrylic to glue the tissue paper down after removing it from the printer paper backing. It was thin enough to go transparent when it hit the glue, and then I went over it with several coats. It was a PITA because A) there's a seam, and B) it wrinkled. Still, I think it fits the "antique" vibe pretty well.
Also, I glued some aluminum foil to a piece of cardboard and fit it to the front of the pan before final mounting for some shielding.
Repost! The final picture of the front (with little feet on the bottom, but no handle yet).
Last edited: Apr 17, 2017 20:56:15