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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 03:09 pm
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Scott Delano
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Hello!...first off...no clue why my picture(s) are being turned 90 degrees...I apologize!

I started this project back in July/August 2020.  I had ran across an antique radio speaker at a flea market that I loved the look of and thought would make a nice fan if I could find the right parts.

The speaker casing was rusty, which I have left as is.  It is an Atwater Kent, Type E3, radio speaker manufactured in the 1920's.  I was able to save the brass nameplate and move it up a bit on the backside.

I found a bathroom ventilator motor that fit nicely into the casing.  

I changed out all the bolts and nuts with new brass replacements to match up with the fan blades.  

I got the perfect set of fan blades from Stan Adams here on the board...with a bit of elbow grease and some fine steel wood, the blades shine!  

I found new vintage-looking cords with a "acorn" style (I believe plug in) on eBay as well as an inline control for controlling the speed of the fan...since it didn't have a switch or hole for a switch, I was not comfortable drilling into the base of the fan because it might crack if I did.

We've all seen fans get turned into lights, etc so I think its cool to see something else get turned into fan instead!

Let me know what you think...love it, hate it, whatever...I'm enjoying it! 

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If someone smarter than me could rotate these pictures, I would be much appreciative!

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 03:26 pm
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if you reduce the file size (I use windows paint) it will fix that - - neat fan, looks like an R&M model!

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 03:28 pm
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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 04:08 pm
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Oh wow!  It does!
and thanks for the tip on the photo's...that worked like a charm!

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 10:42 pm
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Looks great Scott! I’m glad those blades worked!On the photos, if you turn your phone sideways for landscape when taking the photo, they will not be sideways, otherwise like Steven said, cropping does the trick.

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That Atwater-Kent Speaker is what that R & M "Deco" Fan was based upon that Steven Dempsey had posted.
All of those R & M "Deco" fans were based upon various Radio Speakers from that time period. 

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 Posted: Tue Oct 27th, 2020 03:29 am
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I like your steam punk fan! You did a great job!

Geo...

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I have an old speaker, but not with that cool grill - - was thinking of something similar

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