MiniMoog Refinishing Log - Do's & Don'ts

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Post by Synthaholic » Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:59 pm

Ya know, if your experiment turns out to be a flop, I've seen new unfinished
wooden cabinets for Minimoogs for sale on eBay. Or you could hire a furniture maker to custom build you a new one.
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Post by Z » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:10 pm

Synthaholic wrote:Ya know, if your experiment turns out to be a flop, I've seen new unfinished
wooden cabinets for Minimoogs for sale on eBay. Or you could hire a furniture maker to custom build you a new one.
Yeah, I've seen those. If it does turn out to be a flop, I might look into have a custom case made out of an exotic wood. I have a good connection for teak, but I think soething with an interesting grain would be in order.

I will probably be abe to complete the stain & lacquer by week's end. I'll post photos.

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Post by 7Hz » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:15 pm

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Post by smallsynth » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:18 pm

you have to learn somehow. worst case, you have to buy/make a replacement box for it. that's fairly harmless all things considered.

but there is a certain satisfaction in completing the job on your own synth. it might just be worth some of the risk. this amount of risk, at least.

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Post by OriginalJambo » Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:32 am

Jesus - it's not like he's harming the internals of Mini itself. One can always buy a professional Mini wood cabinet in the worst case scenario.

I know bugger all about woodwork but I personally think it's looking a lot better than it did, so keep up the good work. :)
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Post by synthetic88 » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:02 am

Yeah, it looks like the worst burn is on the back. I'm sure it will look much better than before when it's finished, and the finishing will smooth out the differences anyway. It's not like he messed up the refinish on a '68 Les Paul or anything. "Dude, the tone!!"
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Post by xibalba » Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:23 pm

good luck with it

i would say try to keep the natural wood finish or piano black, or stark white (no cream but a glossy white) would work wonders.

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Post by Blue Monster 65 » Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:13 am

Eh ... you can just paint it blue! :D

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Post by Z » Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:38 pm

I got more work on the refinsh project in today. First, I took some 150 grit sandpaper and worked on the burns from the heat gun:
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I then took some 220 grit sandpaper and snaded the whole chassis:
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I then brushed Minwax Special Walnut stain to the chassis, inside and out:
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After wiping off all the excess stain, I sprayed on a couple coats of clear semi-gloss lacquer:
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I'm letting it dry in my warehouse over the weekend. I'll probably put one more coat of lacquer on before I call it finished take the chassis back to Audio Electronics to have it reassembled. Don't look too bad, does it?

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Post by Uncle Screwtape » Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:46 pm

Nice work. I think the burning blended quite nicely, where it adds a touch of character. Kudos!
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Post by xpander » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:37 am

nice! i'm glad you went to refurb rather than replace route, it's got character!

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Post by RobotHeroes » Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:45 am

Nice. In the picture you can't even tell it's a burn mark on the back, unless you saw the first pictures and read the thread.

On the initial pictures it had a sort of wild west look to it for some reason. Kind of rustic. Turned out great. Now we wait for the final assembly. :D
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Post by otto » Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:51 pm

Turned out fine, good job. A lot of wood can display natural dark characteristics like those burns. I doubt someone who didn't know or wasn't into woodworking would even have a clue.
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Post by RobotHeroes » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:38 am

What happened to this? Show show! :P
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Post by custom synth » Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:06 pm

looking good

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