This is the wooden Art-Deco cabinet of a 1941 GE model LCP-609 AM tube radio, with entirely modern electronics inside. Only the back is not original. It contains a Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver, a 11-watt RMS mono amplifier, a 20-watt RMS full-range speaker and an open-frame power supply.
I have long wanted to convert a wooden Art-Deco radio to a useful conversation piece, especially since I enjoy woodwork. Unfortunately radios which in my youth were consigned to campfires are now collectors items, and often go for more than $200 on Ebay. But Goodwill has a similar auction site for their national affiliates which seems to attract fewer bidders, and I won an auction there for a radio with a quite well-preserved walnut cabinet for $15.99 plus $30:83 S&H from Michigan to California. The front and sides only needed wood refinishing to make most scratches disappear, but the top had suffered too many coffee cups and had lost some varnish so I had to sand and re-finish it, unfortunately not quite the same color. The sides at the back needed splits repair, so the new back I made is inset and not visible from the side or top. Someone had drilled a hole in the side for a push-pull on-off switch to bypass the failed switch on the volume control. I plugged this hole, but it is visible. But it still looks great and could not be mass-produced now.
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