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Author Topic: Gramophone W.I.P.  (Read 915 times)
Wirecase
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« on: September 29, 2016, 09:00:43 am »

Hey hey,

So, somewhere end 2013 I started a project I called "Steampunk Docking Station" and then I got distracted by other projects and parked this thing until a couple of weeks ago...

Back then it looked like this:



But to make a docking station out of it with the lid closed as my wife preffered I would have had to cut into the lid of the box which I was reluctant to do. Now however the plans have changed and I decided to return it to the original function, a gramaphone!

Here's what I've done so far...

The record player:
- I bought a "modern" record player, still at least ~20 years old though.
- I cut down the housing (wood, yeay) to fit the box.
- I upholstered the needed part with red felt like the inside of the box lid is upholstered.
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- Then I re-assembled everything and did a test run to see if it all still worked, all is well, yeay!
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Relocating the buttons:

First the speed control buttons, this record player came with a strobelight for fine-tuning the speed of the table. This works by choosing the speed with a pushbutton and the turning a knob to finetune if needed, so 3 knobs in total. Here's what I've made so far:
- The face-plate with writing:
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- Then I cut the holes for the knobs, here it's positioned where it will go when all is finished:
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- Then I copied a vintage radio-knob I had into SketchUp and printed 2 of them + a push-button to fit the style. After sanding, filler and paint they look like this:
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Then, the volume and speaker/horn selection controls. In the side of the box there's a hole that needed filling so I thought these controls would fit there nicely, here what I made:
- I used some old oil-lamp parts that friction fit nicely into the hole in the side of the box. Then I fit the electronics inside a lid I made for these parts:
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- And the whole thing assembled ready to install:
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The flip-switch I will probably give a more period correct (brassy) look including hiding the threads, but I first want to fit the speed controls and assemble everything.

I'll update soon!!




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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2016, 11:26:57 am »

Oh, nice work, Wirecase, Nice work indeed! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2016, 06:30:07 pm »

I'll update soon!!

Looking forward to it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2016, 08:03:12 pm »

Aha! This is looking great.  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2016, 01:32:36 am »

Nice work there, as usual! Smiley

I think, if you, ever-so-lightly, sand the switch post it may reveal brass underneath from the plating process.
Or it may just be solid steel.... Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2016, 06:12:49 pm »

Hiding the controls in parts recycled from a lamp - what a great idea! Looking really good.

Yours,
Miranda.
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Wirecase
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2016, 09:47:07 am »

Thank you all for the kind words!

Thanks for the suggestion Drew P! I tried sanding the switch post and it is indeed plated brass! So I'll be sanding that down now I only need to cover the threads, nice.

So, what happened besides that?

I installed the buttons for the speed controls, they look really nice, now I only need to fix the brass plate in place (and get that ugly pen mark off, oops).
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Other than that I've been working mostly on the wiring of the amplifier and power.

The worst thing missing is the powerswitch. I've got no idea where to mount it without drilling new holes in the box and I really don't want to be drilling more holes than I already did. I'm open to suggestions here...

that's already it for now, more soon!

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Wirecase
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2016, 01:19:51 pm »

Hey all,

So I cut an extra hole in the box for the powerbutton afterall, here's what I made hope you like what I did to it!

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The wood only needs a minor touch-up but I might still add a faceplate behind that button just to give it a cleaner look.

Next I'll get all the wiring done. I'm not a big fan of plastic in Steampunk but to safely house the 240v wires I printed a small juctionbox... in purple PLA... I was too lazy to change the filament over to black and it'll be out of sight anyway... Bad me!

More soon!

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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2016, 01:44:14 pm »

It's looking marvelous!
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2016, 09:58:45 pm »

I'm not a big fan of plastic in Steampunk but to safely house the 240v wires I printed a small juctionbox... in purple PLA... I was too lazy to change the filament over to black and it'll be out of sight anyway... Bad me!

Purple was extremely popular among Victorians following the extraction of aniline from coal tar.

PLA not so much, but there's a thread around here somewhere about the making of casein plastic, a close relative of PLA which the Victorians did know about.
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2016, 07:54:05 pm »

A lovely project. I will be watching eargly.
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Wirecase
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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2016, 12:05:36 pm »

Hi all,

So I finally had the time to put everything together and play my first record!

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The sound from the horn is much, much better than I had imagined, I'm so happy with it and luckily so is my wife, haha!
The normal speakers give as expected a bit more bass to the spectrum, lovely!

I will post some more pictures, including some detail pictures soon!

Have a good one!

Wire!

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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2016, 08:29:28 am »

This is a Superb Build Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley You did a Top Notch Job,Why do i get the Feeling that a Big Electronics Co. is Gonna Be Jealous of how Cool this Looks? Keep up the Superb Work!
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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2016, 07:10:14 am »

Really don't know how I missed this  Roll Eyes

Darn fine job my good man, darn fine indeed!
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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2016, 12:12:45 pm »

Wow!  Likewise, how did I miss this?

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« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2016, 02:45:00 am »

Very nice.
Look forward to the detail pics
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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2016, 06:48:23 pm »

this looks cool!
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