Hello from the PNW. I'm a woodworker who's been interested in remaking an old wooden radio console that's been in my family for years. It still works, but the woodwork is a little beyond repair, so I thought building a new one would be a fun project.
While it's not a hard woodworking project and there are plenty of bluetooth kits out there, I realized that since I'm starting from scratch, why not make it sound awesome as well? I found 123Toid's videos on Youtube, and now the project has grown in scope somewhat. Looking forward to it!
@rossquatch Welcome! Man this weekend was busy with Parades and family, all good things. Also good is the project you are starting. Sounds like a winner. @gregniznik does this type of project a lot. In fact, I just saw him renew an old bakelite radio. Really sweet.
How awesome will it be to have a radio, that you not only built, but that can be handed down to future generation. I can't wait to hear and see all about it. If you need help, make sure to post any questions. We are here to help.
You have my interest piqued. Do you have a make and model number? Mono or stereo? Tube, solid state or mixed? What kind of plans do you ultimately have, work with the original electronics with just a few upgrades or mostly new with a nod to the original?
There are quite a few YouTubers out there that do old radio work. If that's your direction, I'll link them later.
Thanks for your interest! I'll have to dig it out of storage to get the specifics, but from memory it's a Panasonic AM/FM, probably solid state, about 14" long X 10" high X 8" wide. 3/4 of the box is grilled speaker and a small door covers the knobs. Design looks like it's from the 60s or 70s. Definitely nothing special except for sentimental value.
My SO has been asking about buying a Bose unit for the kitchen, but I'm wondering if I can recreate the old Panny from scratch and get way better sound. AM/FM plus bluetooth is ideal, not sure I have a use for a smart speaker. It would be ultra-cool to find a source for knobs and face plate, but that might be getting ambitious.
Whenever you get a chance to dig it out, take a few pics and we'll see what we can come up with. You may be able to tap the tuner section outputs and send them through something a bit more modern. That way you could set up your own selector switch, allowing the addition of Bluetooth.