View Full Version : Operation Jukebox - Old Valve radio retrofit - Almost underway.....

2nd January 2011, 07:16 PM
Hi Guys,
I have been wanting to do a jukebox for a while after completing my lowboy MAME cabinet a few years ago. I didn't really like any of the jukebox plans floating about as just like the lowboy this project was living in the house therefore needing wife approval! I really liked the idea of a nice antique/vintage valve radio and jam some new components in it including touch screen, PC, amp and speakers. After missing out on a few on Ebay, I remebered my Dad had a couple in an old chook shed that had been there for 20-30 years. Hmmmm, they have seen better days.......


After checking both of them over I have decided to use the 1st one although the second one lends itself better for a touchscreen. I stripped it down and have started looking for some veneer....anyone know where I can get it from??


The wife even tested a bit of stain on an area we gave a light sand...looks promising! :redface


So the edges where the borer holes are are very thin veneer which I hope to replace.

As this radio wont possibly look too good with a touchscreen in the front (would be also be hard to use!) I was even thinking of having it remotely operation with my iphone (remote with itunes) or my sons ipod touch?? Open for suggestions!


2nd January 2011, 07:20 PM
Now this is VERY cool - will watch with interest - good luck on your project :)

11th January 2011, 06:35 AM
Nice looking box, restore it up.

Doesn't need to be a touch screen in there, how about a screen where that cute little hole at the front where the old tuning dial thing was to display stuff. You've got room for 5 old school knobs as controls. Have the remote control as an alternate control system for convenience.

That's what I'd be thinking anyhow.

11th January 2011, 05:15 PM
Possibly not the best solution, but its a nice cheap one. They sell woodgrain contact at K-Mart.

I used contact with a marble pattern to cover my home made joysticks. Thought the pattern would wear off after a few games, but its actually surprisingly hard wearing.

16th January 2011, 08:40 PM
Will be interested to see how that timber comes up with a sander run over it..

15th February 2011, 10:19 AM
Any more progress on this project mate?

18th February 2011, 10:56 AM
No updates at the moment sorry, been working for the last 3 weeks straight. Have been looking into getting some veneer but it may be beyond my capabilities and time! :(

18th February 2011, 11:35 AM
Looking at the sweet job you did with your Arcade Cabinet, I would not say it was beyond you.

Could you not just patch and sand this cabinet? The borer holes add character I reckon!

29th April 2011, 12:29 PM
Have a look what I did with mine...

29th April 2011, 12:34 PM
Have a look at what I did with my valve radio....