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My intention on this is to revive it. Meaning, I will not restore it to
like new condition, instead, I will restore the aluminum castings to
their polished state as it was sold. I will clean and restore the oak
cabinet, but leave imperfections. I will try and re-create the side art
that was visible after cleaning the cabinet sides.
I evaluated the mechanism and found a missing spring and a few cut to
The machine is missing the coin box door and lock as well as the back
I will find and replace them/
On metal plated parts, they will be replated as most of it is in
After I purchased this and took on this project, I realized I needed
some place to display it. After some research I found Mike at Specialty
Stands (specialtystands.com) who makes
custom stands for these, from the photos appears to do great work, he
very fair prices for his work. (so consider this option) However,
funds were a bit limited, so I decided to take a crack at
making my own, using the stands he makes as the inspiration.
Mike at Specialty Stands supplied the claw feet to complete the look.
I will include photos of that project here as well.
A big piece of the stand project is the door for it. Some stands seen
solid door often with a cast logo, my design will use a stained glass
window....something new for me to tackle.
the process to turn
back time on the castings
Here it has
been cleaned and the oak has been revived ....before final casting
and clear coating, (poor photo)
Here is the stand taking shape, that's red oak
plywood, the front solid red oak, the top mimics the Mills base
This shows the slot machine cabinet, the polished castings clear
mechanism, sitting on newly created stand for it.
There is a top, bottom and a separate coin cup casting, all aluminum
The glass window and glass lens were also removed , cleaned and
The door for the stand is a project on it's own, requiring stained
glass work, which will come later.
The handle, coin chute, card frame and rear coin chute parts have
been re-plated, yet to be installed with the exception of the
The new aluminum claw feet are installed on the stand
The stand is made from red oak plywood with solid red oak trim.
The bottom trim detail was done with a router table. Red oak is tough a
New locks have been obtained and installed on the slot cabinet
including a cash box door,
which was also missing.
Things left to be done:
Create stained glass panel for door.
Install door and hardware
Stain and finish cabinet
Replace parts on mechanism and final check on operation
Mount mechanism in cabinet.
Paint some details on casting, date, owl etc.
Install mills decals cabinet sides
Finally either create a stencil, decal, or vinyl to add side