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 Posted: Mon Jul 13th, 2020 01:25 pm
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Kim Frank
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This is the newest Museum project. While it isn't necessarily "fan' related, it is a big part of Fanimation history. This is a dumbwaiter that was completely designed and fabricated by Tom Frampton back in 1980, while still working at Casablanca. It was built for a long gone restaurant here in Indianapolis, the Loft, and Tom flew out here to assemble it on site. The restaurant, which featured the 'revolutionary' Jenn-Air grill, was at 52nd and Shadeland Ave. It wasn't around more than a few years and after going out of business, all the fixtures went to auction. The dumbwaiter was bought by a local cardiologist for his party barn. After he passed away years later, the dumbwaiter was purchased by an antique store and advertised as an 1890's era fixture. It gets a bit fuzzy here, but Tom's son Nathan was contacted by the cardiologist's son, after having found the restaurants original paperwork among his fathers belongings. He let Nathan know about the dumbwaiter being featured at an auction house around Atlanta ,Ga. Tom realized it was the one he built and brought it back to the Indianapolis area. It has languished over in a corner of the warehouse for many years. I'm just now getting around to preparing it for display. We set it up originally to get measurements so that it would open up into the upstairs museum, but decided it would be better just to make it an operational piece and show it off. It will set against the wall just to the left of where I have it set up now. The museum is expanding just a bit, out into the area of the warehouse as you come into the shop. I'm not sure if it will be completely ready by the September meet, but it'll be close. We're also changing out the motor that powers it with a 1/4 horsepower Crocker-Wheeler unit. Bill Fanum has offered to go thru the motor to make sure it can be used for power when he comes to the meet.... Well, here is my life for the next couple of months...















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I got to admire Tom's dumb waiter and the Crocker Wheeler and this will be a beautiful addition to the museum!

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Kim ... Everyday for you is a new challenge ... Love your sense of adventure and follow-through ... Great and worthwhile project ... 👍

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Impressive piece of equipment.

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THAT IS SO COOL!!!! :clap:

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It's a beautiful piece that we are adding. I'm glad to have had the pleasure of helping put it up. 

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Thats Awesome

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ROAD TRIP.........AMAZING

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September 28, 1980 - Bring your wallet and napkin... 



30 May 1981 - 




1983 - Louis J. Jenn, the man who started it all:


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15 years is an eternity in the restaurant business!

Cook your own food? It sounds like the same concept as the "Melting Pot" restaurants except they were fondue. I went there once. $75 per person to cook my own stuff in a pot of boiling cheese. The chocolate dip for desert wasn't bad.

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That is so cool .A great addition. Can't wait to see it.

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:clap:Beautiful addition to a great museum. I hope to see in September. :clap:

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Stephen Chew wrote: Beautiful addition to a great museum. I hope to see in September. 


 Just don't bite off more than you can "Chew".  :P

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For some reason, I remember seeing one of these at a Darryl's Restaurant. I was a kid at the time.

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Wow, what an amazing piece! I can't believe he was able to find it and get it back!

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Here it is, almost Christmas, and I'm still working on the Dumbwaiter. Lots of machining taking up a bit of time.....Turned and milled two 7" cylinders of T6061

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Down to this. It will be one of the carriage stops when the project is done.

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More components.....

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This is the bottom of one of the carriages. Had to add some depth in order for the carriage to hit the limit switch.

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Kim ... Thanks for the update ... Nickname you the marathon man ... Appreciate your efforts and skills ... Merry Christmas to you and family ... 🎄

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This is the original platform of the dumbwaiter....

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And as it's configured now....

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Starting the framing for cabinet....

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Fitting the top on a junk piece of plywood. As expensive as oak veneered plywood is today, I'd rather make mistakes on an expendable piece.....

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This is where the carriage will contact the limit switch, turning off the motor and reversing it....

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The original brass poles are not being used this time around....

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Steel tubing is being used instead. We can get the 15 feet of height we need without a seam.....

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The panels and rails on the carriages had been painted with gold spray paint...

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After stripping off the paint and toning and coating the panel and rail, bringing back the original copper finish......

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The carriages needed to have their rail guides extended.....So we cut these to attach to the carriages....

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Now just waiting on black Delrin to come in so I can make the rollers....

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Tom spent a lot of time redesigning this dumbwaiter...both the internal workings and the exterior components....

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Next comes the wiring of the electronics, transformer, and switches. Once that's done, we'll fit the motor, assemble everything, and make sure it works. After that, it'll get disassembled, the cabinet skin will be fabricated and then the finishing work begins on everything. Hopefully it'll be ready by the Museum Meet in September.....

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Hi Kim!

Jon Brown is the official tester of the AFCA Museum... Will Jon be on hand to check the up and down limits of the dumb waiter! Will Jon fit inside for the test?


Geo...

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Kim thank you for sharing the story and restoration. You and Tom are both outstanding & creative people, The two of working together is fabulous. The dumbwaiter is beautiful!

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George Durbin wrote: Hi Kim!

Jon Brown is the official tester of the AFCA Museum... Will Jon be on hand to check the up and down limits of the dumb waiter! Will Jon fit inside for the test?


Geo...

I'd pay to see that!  :thumbup

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What a magnificent and gorgeous device. The work done on this is wonderful.  Impressive.
Great work, Kim. 


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Kim Frank wrote: This is the newest Museum project. While it isn't necessarily "fan' related...
Fans and a dumbwaiter cohabitating?   :shock:

Who'da thunk it?   :wondering:


http://www.afcaforum.com/view_topic.php?id=20749

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We have made some progress on the Dumbwaiter project. The cabinet top and side panels have been fabricated and eventually will be put in a medium dark walnut finish...

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