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HMV 163 Lid Restoration
This page gives a fuller account of the HMV 163 lid restoration and demonstrates typical aspects of restoring wooden oak cases found on many gramophones. In this restoration it was necessary to remove bruises and indentations on the surface of the wood as well as replacing lost and damaged beading and small sections of veneer. Finally it was necessary to strip the lid, stain and wax finish. The latter aspects should only be done as a last resort as it is near to impossible to get a perfect match between the inside of the case (which in most cases will not need much attention and needs to be retained as it will accommodate the original transfers) and the outer. The staining stage is important here if the gross mismatch between inner and outer shades of finish are to be avoided, a condition that is very apparent on many re -finished cases.
The Starting Point - in particular the damage to the lid
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Stage 1 - Preparing for the new bead and dealing with the damage on the lid surface.
Stage 3 - Shaping the blank for the front bead and repairing the damaged end of the side bead.
Stage 2 - having stripped the sides in the manner of the top , applying the blank new bead and repairing the damaged veneer on the top
Finally! - Once all the repairs had been done the top was stained to get as near as match as possible to the inside surfaces and then wax polished.