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Old 08-14-2012, 06:55 PM   #21
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I dunno if it's too late, but I just had this idea for your radio.

You could strip the main components out and mount, say, a Nexus 7 or iPad tablet into the face of the top, and have you an MP3 jukebox, with web, wifi, streaming music, brew stats/progress/schedules, etc. Due to the very clean and minimalistic design of either of those 2 tablets, it'd look great if you mounted it into the front face, and hooked some speakers up.

That'd be a badass keezer
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:10 PM   #22
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I thought about doing something a little more modern and functional like that. The keezer will be hanging out pretty close to my stereo, so any sound from that thing will probably just be distraction from License to Ill turned up to 11 in the room next door. A friend suggested that I hinge the faceplate, so it can be tipped down and I could put an iPod dock or something in there. I think, though, that having the faceplate light up is the most important thing. The functionality of the radio is pretty low on my list.

On the article about stripping the wood - you can skip it, anybody out there looking to remove stain. That doesn't work so well. If anybody knows a good way to do it, please share it with me.

 
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:51 AM   #23
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A sander is about the only way to strip stain. You essentially have to take off all the stained wood to get to bare wood. If it's a solid piece, you can go slow and it works. If it's veneer, you're pretty much SOL. Either find a stain that's close enough, or just go darker.

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:46 PM   #24
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Well, I feel obligated to do a little updating. I sat with sand paper a few days ago and put in some serious work. I have many of the main parts down to bare wood. I'm not doing well with selecting large bits of wood to fill in the gaps. My plan was to find used, stressed wood. FAIL. That is more work than just buying new wood. So, I'm probably going to buy new wood. Sorry for taking forever. I've been busy (brewing).

 
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If you can get new wood that matches, you can put it out in the sun for a few weeks and it will fade out. Easier to match to the old wood.

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If you can get new wood that matches, you can put it out in the sun for a few weeks and it will fade out. Easier to match to the old wood.

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Old 10-06-2012, 06:14 PM   #27
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:28 PM   #28
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Dude! You still have the "guts" from that radio? I have a Philco 41-290 that I've been meaning to get working for years. Having a second chassis on hand would be very useful. I would cheerfully buy just the chassis, for another $50, or even more.

 
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:35 AM   #29
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Yea man, I still got it. I wanted to keep the face plate, though. Is that too much for you to not have? Also, it's a heavy sucker - would cost a bunch to ship.

 
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:53 AM   #30
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Thanks for the inspiration. I call her the KegerRadio.
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