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THE OLD RADIO FIXER UPPER GUY asks:

Have you ever dropped an antique Bakelite radio?

Have you ever purchased an antique, collectable Bakelite radio and received it in the mail packed loose in a recycled cardboard box - in twenty three pieces?

I've been an old tube radio collector for going on twenty five years, and I know I've smashed a few, and received more than a few smashed in that time. I used to trash the case and be thankful to salvage the knobs, dial glass and tubes..... until the Crosley incident.....

It was a D25..... one of Crosley's most stylish and memorable Bakelite table radios, and it was mine. Alas, this happened a long time ago...before the three hundred dollars-for-one-on- Ebay era... but nonetheless, I loved my Crosley more than life itself.

"I'll just clean it up a bit" I said to no one in particular as I ever so carefully began removing the chassis in preparation for a minor restoration.

Now, because of the spiders, snakes and other assorted and unknown vermin potentially laying in wait, beneath the two dollars worth of assorted resistors, capacitors, the speaker, and yes.. the clock...I saw fit to carry out my task out in the garage, on the lid of the freezer, standing over a concrete floor...

The rest of the story is no more than a dark, shadowy mist in the recess of my mind....as dark as the bruise on my heart, the one that has never fully healed.

Thus began my quest for the answer that has eluded many ... How does one repair a broken Bakelite radio cabinet -- properly?

Glue, glue and more glue... I purchased every variety of glue known to man... Fiberglass resin, acrylic resin, polymers and monomers. Cyanoacrylate ester (methyl and ethyl) , caulking, bondo, contact cement ... I believe I even tried flour and water.... All to no avail.

I tried using heat, pressure, clamps, straps, weights and tape - but those apparently perfectly - matched, fractured surfaces became, simply by the application of a bonding agent, as mis-aligned as Austin Powers' front teeth.repair broken bakelite

I was beginning to feel like a big Bakelite failure. But I persevered.

Over the years I have sought advice from some of the scientific community's most learned minds. Their input, combined with practice and a vast quantity of patience have allowed me to reach a high level of success in resurrecting broken Bakelite.

My once-hobby has now grown into a full time occupation, and I feel the time has come to put my skills to use for others, whose Crosley, Zenith, Emerson or what have you, have met the same shattering fate that met my D25 so many years ago.

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