This RCA Victor radio 816K is from 1937. It’s owner was a radio hobbyist who asked if I could restore the cabinet while he repaired the tubes and electronics.
The base of the radio cabinet had a lot of peeling and missing veneer.
The 1st step to repair the veneer was to glue and clamp everything that was loose.
It was difficult to place clamps on the rounded bottom edge, so I used masking tape to hold the veneer down until the glue was dry.
The next step was to fit and glue in new pieces of veneer wherever missing.
The repaired areas were then touched up and blended in as the existing finish was reconditioned. This involved cleaning and a light scuff, then color work, followed by a few coats of finish to seal everything.
The top of this radio cabinet had a dark stain outlining a drinking glass. Trying to hide the stain with touch up would not have looked good, so it was decided to refinish the top. This is the top with the dark stain removed.
The original gilt decals for the control knobs looked worn, and the owner thought they would have to be replaced. But a good cleaning revealed they were still intact, and only needed some touch up.
Below is the radio cabinet completely restored and ready to have the electronics and speaker re-installed.
This RCA Victor radio cabinet was restored for a Kingston NY client.