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 Posted: Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 02:04 pm
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Todd Adornato
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My girlfriend and I were browsing the wares at an antique store this weekend, and we stopped at a booth where she was looking at some stuff.  While waiting for her, I looked idly around the booth, and I spotted this wooden box in the corner, partly hidden by other stuff in front of it.  It had the Emerson name stenciled on the front, and I casually brought it to my gf’s attention.  Then it slowly dawned on me what I might be looking at - could this actually be a shipping crate for an Emerson fan?  I looked inside, and sure enough, the form for securing the fan’s base was present on the bottom of the crate.  We quickly moved it out into the open and looked it over, and it was in excellent condition so of course I snapped it up.  












The stencil on the side indicates it was for a 29648, which I don’t have.  I’ll need to rectify that if anyone has a nice 29648 for sale  :D

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 Posted: Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 02:10 pm
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Steven P Dempsey
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Nice - - that is why I started building wood crates for my heavy cast iron fans

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 Posted: Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 04:57 pm
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it looks like older script I have seen these before but not with the older type script, also it looks like it's for a 16 and not a 12. I think it would be a great addition to somehow sit your fan up on top of it,especially the one that came in it, good find

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 Posted: Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 05:06 pm
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Nice. There was an earlier one bouncing around eBay I wanted for my 1/8 HP motor, but couldn't justify the cost.


 


David, emerson numbers. 29648 29 = model, 6=60 cycles, 4 = number of blades, 8= size, 2x8 = 16...

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 Posted: Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 05:11 pm
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It is indeed for a 16” fan - the stencil on the side indicates a 29648 was shipped in it, so I’m guessing mid 1920s. Here’s a close up of the script:



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 Posted: Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 05:52 pm
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Not mine.  :X

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 Posted: Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 06:12 pm
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Jim, that’s an interesting variation on the logo! I’m guessing it’s an earlier one than mine, and the extra wording was left off for economy by the time mine was stamped?

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 Posted: Mon Nov 4th, 2019 12:58 am
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So I did some research to find out how I could make a lid for this crate that would resemble its appearance, if not age.   I tried some methods in my shop, but none really were satisfactory.  Then I tried something just for grins, and it came out better than I expected.  Still not an exact match, but at a glance I think it looks pretty good.

I started with an edge-glued pine panel from Home Depot, approximately 21/32” thick. I don’t have a planer (yet) so I was looking for a pine panel other than plywood of a similar thickness to the bottom, and this was a decent option.  I cut it to the proper size, and started damaging it mainly along the edges:




Then I put the panel in my shop oven and baked it at 450* F until the resin started cooking off.  This produced a copious amount of smoke, so I opened the overhead door for ventilation.  My neighbor asked if I had some meat in a smoker :P   I left the panel in there about 20 minutes, then flipped it around so the long edge at the front was now in the back, since it was showing uneven color changes.  Once that was done and the panel had cooled off, it was already somewhat similar in coloration, and the strips of wood had started separating from each other which made the panel look older.  Then I applied a light coat of dark pure tung oil in an uneven manner, and the color got closer to that on the crate.  I damaged the panel some more because the cooking had partially obscured my previous attempts, but since the wood was so dry, the PTO had soaked in enough that the fresh damage wasn’t evident.  At this point, I stopped since I need to figure out a way to make the surface look weathered, but here’s the result so far:








Not too shabby for an amateur, I think :cool:

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Coulda fooled me. Looks really close. Anyway folks artificially age wood using any old bicycle chain. Chain distressed, I think it's called.
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Bill, thanks for the comments.  When I say “weathering” on the surface, I meant a more subtle, faded and dried-out look.  Here’s another pic, of the other end of the crate.  Note the appearance of the upper portion of the end wall:




I believe the wood has shrunken, depth-wise, in between the growth rings, so the effect is a subtle ridging texture.  Also, the rest of the wood has almost a “fuzzy” look to it, which stands in contrast to the more crisp appearance of the surface of the lid.  It’s this subtle appearance I plan to try and imitate. 

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 Posted: Mon Nov 4th, 2019 03:22 am
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You can use a soft wire wheel to get the relief you're talking about. Then some selected areas can be sanded to mimic wear.
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 Posted: Tue Nov 5th, 2019 12:22 pm
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I tried two soft wire wheels of different sizes last night, but I wasn’t thrilled with how harsh an effect they had, even with very light pressure.  The result was too “localized” for my taste - kind of like using a hard-edged brush in an image editor program where a soft-edged brush would have been better. 
Then I hit on the idea of using a media blasting cabinet with aluminum oxide media.   Much more to my liking!   The effect is more evenly spread out, and looks more realistic than my attempts with the wire wheels.  The lid is still not a perfect match for the crate, but it’s closer than before. 

Hopefully the comments in this thread will be helpful to others someday. 

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