This past month, the remainder of the manual chest winding was completed. Screw eyes were also located and installed under each reservoir so that the springs have something to attach to once ready to go.
Perhaps the largest accomplishment was actually upstairs at the console, where the right side drawer was installed! Thanks to Zach Frame for the assistance with this very tricky installation and to Neill Frame for use of his plunge router!
The drawer is ultimately attached to the key desk using a long, threaded bolt with some washers. To ensure that the slide out drawer doesn’t travel too far right or left, a pin is inserted into the back side of the drawer that sticks up around ¾”. That pin rides in an arched groove in the bottom of the key desk. Felt was installed in the far extreme corners of the groove so that the drawer may have a soft landing when getting opened or closed.
While we were at it, a second groove was cut in on the left side for the future left drawer, containing buttons for more traps (sound effects). We also installed the back box for the swell shoes. No more seeing through the opening and looking at little lights flashing from the console components.
Finally, I’d like to thank my Dad for coming over and helping me with squaring up the blower room door and installing some trim!
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