Oliver Whales wood?

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geofflove
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So I'm working through my pile of Allwins to restore. I'm now embarking on an Oliver Whales Easy 9.

The case isn't too bad but I'll need to make a new cash door as it's missing. Does anyone know what wood they used? It's not oak. I suspect it's a hardwood but not sure what. Maybe some weird redwood?

Any ideas what to replace it with for the best match?
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Probably not going to be of help here but attached was an Easy 9 I got from Elephant House a few years back and as far as I know the cash door was the original. Pic attached in case cabinet wood is same as yours and anyone can identify wood used for the cash door!
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I don't know if it is, but the grain looks much like cherry wood. There are several types and shades but it looks like the lightest and most common one. All wood is expensive now but cherry has never been exceptionally pricey.
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Thanks. That’s interesting. I made a table in cherry once! I’ll take a look.

Interestingly my version of different to the pic above. That’s an oak case. Mine is the style with the flash in the top above the door and as stated in a different wood to that. The playfield is the same though.
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Are you saying that, unlike Brian's Easy 9, the cabinet on yours isn't made of oak? What part of the machine is pictured above? Agreed, it isn't oak. Maple, ash, cedar?
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Can we see a full picture of the case? I don't think I've ever seen a Whales machine built in anything but oak. Could well be that it's not the original case.
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OK. Some confusion. Due to the pile of broken allwins I have I think the part I showed was actually from a Whales Allwin Deluxe, not the Easy 9, of which I have 3 in the pile! The Easy 9 does indeed appear to be oak. However the Deluxe is indeed a different wood. Don’t laugh at the state if it. It’ll buff out!
Actually they scrub up amazingly well. The worst job though is getting the seized flick and win mechs out without damaging them. I’ve tried penetrating oil, heat etc but it’s still a frustrating and grim job. Hey ho!
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Flipping heck Geoff, that's quite a pile of work there :shock:
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It's difficult to tell with all the old varnish and crud, but are you sure it's not oak? Just after the war, they had to use what they could get, but like JC, I don't think I've seen an OW allwin of this period that wasn't oak cased. Is the base piece (which hardly shows) different from the rest perhaps?
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It is possible it’s just an unusual bit of oak I guess. It looks very red for oak. I guess once I get sanding a bit I’ll know for sure.

Yes it is a bit of a pile of work! I keep getting distracted by pinball machines but hoping to get a few more done in the coming weeks!
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