The Ingraham is my
tribute to the Ingraham Cabinet Co. who designed and built many of my
favorite wooden radio cabinets in the 30's and 40's. Ingraham didn't
build radios, they were a clock company, but many famous radio
manufacturers contracted with them to furnish wooden enclosures.
The Ingraham's design is based on the 1946 Stromberg
Carlson model 1110H. The art deco era was transitioning into the
streamlined era as straight lines gave way to gentle curves.
The Ingraham has an American black walnut shell clad to
the aluminum body of a Silverstone LC06 mini-ITX case. The back panel
is a piece of burl from the same stock.
Size comparison photo. It is relatively large for a
mini-ITX case but still very small.
The mini-ITX board is a VIA VB8001 mainboard featuring
the VIA Nano processor at 1.6GHz. The board features a 16x PCI-e slot and a mini-PCI slot.
The board sports 4GB of Crucial DDR2 memory. There is
a 64GB Crucial solid state drive (SSD) mounted directly underneath the
board that serves as the system hard drive. The 42 CFM system blower
is supported for shipping by a red-painted wooden block designed for
The donor case is the Silverstone LC06 LaScala aluminum
case with an included 60W power supply. The LC06 is unique in that it
supports a full-size optical drive, a 3.5" disk drive and two PCI
expansion slots in a mini-ITX case design.
The original Stromberg Carlson radio with Ingraham cabinet.
I began the transformation by giving the case a frontal
lobotomy using a Dremel tool with cut-off wheel.
Plywood side panels were bolted to the case body to
allow for expansion.
Cutouts were made to support the front grill and a
basswood front panel was machined for controls and attached with bolts.
Rafters were hand milled from basswood and set into
place. Glue down blocks were set on the edges and used as rafter
The grill was made from 37 pieces of basswood and
formed two 3" round ventilation ports.
The roof is 1/32" aircraft-grade 3-ply birch plywood
attached using contact cement. Veneering is shown being started on the
Completed veneering job. The veneer came in 3" wide
strips so there was considerable effort expended to properly match wood
A coat of lacquer sanding sealer on the walnut and
test fitting the grill. The center circle was made by inserting small
pieces of milled wood between the existing fins to fill in the
The center strap was cut from walnut veneer and test
fit. The upper arch completing the center circle was also hand milled
and test fit.
The first couple of brush-on lacquer coats were applied
and the grill was sprayed with industrial aluminum paint. The aluminum
paint has actual aluminum paste in it. A hole is bored to attach the
centerpiece with a 4" bolt.
The footer was formed from 18 pieces of wood and
sprayed gloss black.
A gloss black highlight disk was threaded through the
bolt and attached behind the centerpiece. The centerpiece is a chrome
-plated, billet aluminum, knurled-edge, baby moon-style gas cap for a
Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It was made by Arlen Ness and as you can
see has great reflective properties. Image in reflection is 'The
Thinker' by Rodin. Ten coats of satin finish brush-on lacquer was
buffed with #0000 steel wool and Johnson's Paste Wax.
I want to thank my good friends at VIA, Crucial and Silverstone.
Thanks for looking!