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 Posted: Sat Jan 14th, 2017 11:03 pm
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Charles Tedrick
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Here is a really good looking fan. I will be getting the wood refinished and service the motor and polish the blade. Stay tuned

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 Posted: Sat Jan 14th, 2017 11:11 pm
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 Posted: Sat Jan 14th, 2017 11:14 pm
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 Posted: Sat Jan 14th, 2017 11:51 pm
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Sweet find Tedrick  that's gotta be rare  at least I've never seen one... Congrats    :up:    :clap: :clap: :clap:

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The motor assembly is out now. I'll be giving the wood to a guy I work with to have it refinished. When I'm done with it, it's going to be sweet.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 15th, 2017 02:12 am
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The blade is about 14.5"

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 Posted: Sun Jan 15th, 2017 07:51 am
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Well now the motor is fully serviced. I polished the rotor shafts and cleaned out the bearings with acetone. The backside of the blades polished up nicely. I'll have to use a more coarse polishing compound to get the other side shiny.I tested the motor with and without the blade and it runs perfectly now. All the old oil had turned into the gum and varnish finish on the bearing surfaces.
I can't wait to get this one finished, its going to look amazing. 
Should I go with the original color stain or maybe switch to something a little more interesting? Let me know what you think. 

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Charles I would leave the wood the original color and go with a rubbed effect marine varnish, it holds up much better than household varnish to humidity and water glass ring marks, its always difficult to dispute original.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 15th, 2017 12:49 pm
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My opinion for finish would be a stain that is close to original. The couple of Mimms that I have restored had a lacquer finish that was toned, meaning the color was in the lacquer. This one was stripped, stained, sealed, toned, and finished in gloss lacquer, then rubbed down to a satin sheen.

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Charles,
Love the job on the blade.  I wish I could do that.

Attaching a few relevant pages from the 1948 E. N. MIMMS CO. catalog.  Sorry for the poor quality---but I didn't do it! :cry:  They even sold plastic, translucent covers for their fans up to 30" size for $3.80 each.

Hope this works.  I've already lost it once.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 15th, 2017 01:22 pm
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 Posted: Sun Jan 15th, 2017 01:23 pm
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Kim Frank wrote: My opinion for finish would be a stain that is close to original. The couple of Mimms that I have restored had a lacquer finish that was toned, meaning the color was in the lacquer. This one was stripped, stained, sealed, toned, and finished in gloss lacquer, then rubbed down to a satin sheen. Yeah, that's how you get poplar and other lesser hardwoods they used in the cabinets to look like "mahogany", "walnut", etc.  Strip and stain will never get to the factory look.  Toned was the way it was done.  Seems like Kim has it down pat.

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Charles, I agree about the stain. I doubt that you would be able to change the color of the stain significantly anyway. As far as the finish, I have some pieces which I used a tong oil finish on as long as 40 years ago. I hand rubbed it on, about three coats, and it gives a nice satin lustre.

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I cleaned up a section to get a good idea of what it should look like when finished. It's going to be very pretty with a fresh finish and the highly polished blade playing peekaboo between the wood sections.

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Hi Charles!
That mimms is gonna look very nice!!

Geo...

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George Durbin wrote: Hi Charles!
That mimms is gonna look very nice!!

Geo...
It's at the refinishers shop right now. I hope to have it back in a week or two  :up:I actually texted him a link of this thread and told him to make it look like the one else Kim Frank did

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Did you ever get this one finished?

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 Posted: Fri Nov 2nd, 2018 06:53 am
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Richard Daugird wrote: Did you ever get this one finished?It's long gone now

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Did you take pictures?

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Richard Daugird wrote: Did you take pictures?No

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