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addams family side rail warranty ;-)

By orangedude71

2 years ago


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#1 2 years ago

doing a playfield swap and found that my side rails were manufactured with a defect. They apparently cut them from a piece that had been stitched from two pieces. Ill likely just attempt to glue this back together but if someone has any spare side rails laying around let me know. I saw there was a guy making them but it appears he has retired from the biz

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#2 2 years ago

I would just glue them, fill any imperfections with wood putty, sand, paint and you should never be able to tell the difference.

#3 2 years ago

It's called "finger jointing" and is common in the wood industry. They cut out any knots or imperfections in the wood and "finger joint" the short bits together.

Next time you go to a wood sales yard have a closer look and you will see it all over the place.

It's not a fault in the original build, more like a feature!

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#4 2 years ago

Totally normal to have finger jointed parts in the side rails. You’ll also notice that they used some soft species of wood on the rails, not likely adding much stiffness to the playfield.

Despite what many here believe the cabinets and parts Williams produced in the 90’s were not great.

#5 2 years ago
Quoted from pins4u:

It's called "finger jointing" and is common in the wood industry. They cut out any knots or imperfections in the wood and "finger joint" the short bits together.
Next time you go to a wood sales yard have a closer look and you will see it all over the place.
It's not a fault in the original build, more like a feature![quoted image][quoted image]

surprising to use a finger joint in something that should add some rigidity to the playfield. The annoying part is the this finger joint is right in the middle of the rail and in a location where there is no screws so it had actually buckled before I removed it from the playfield and the playfield was not flat as a result.

#6 2 years ago
Quoted from jgreene:

Totally normal to have finger jointed parts in the side rails. You’ll also notice that they used some soft species of wood on the rails, not likely adding much stiffness to the playfield.
Despite what many here believe the cabinets and parts Williams produced in the 90’s were not great.

yep.. the play field had warped and busted this joint open. I may attempt top build a new set. ands yes.. the wood is pretty soft

#7 2 years ago
Quoted from rx3:

I would just glue them, fill any imperfections with wood putty, sand, paint and you should never be able to tell the difference.

I think I may attempt to build a new set. the original playfield had warped and busted open the joint. So I doubt that glue and putty will hold for the long term

#8 2 years ago

Reese Rails is the way to go, he makes Custom SOLID Oak PF Side Rails & he's on PinSide.

#9 2 years ago

There is a cabinet section of an old System 11 game inside my TZ cabinet...I think BOP. Not sure if it came from the factory like that, but I think so.

#10 2 years ago

Since you already have originals, it is incredibly simple to duplicate and make your own oak rails if you have basic shop tools. I mean... it's a board with some holes in it.

#11 2 years ago

You can buy 1/2" thick solid oak at Home Depot.
Make your own. Easy.

#12 2 years ago
Quoted from Pin_-_K:

Reese Rails is the way to go, he makes Custom SOLID Oak PF Side Rails & he's on PinSide.

it it looks like he’s gone silent recently.

#13 2 years ago

Yeah. It also has some cutouts though. Would be 5 minutes if I had a table router but I don’t. So I’ll have to rig up something with a hand router instead

#14 2 years ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

You can buy 1/2" thick solid oak at Home Depot.
Make your own. Easy.

This is my nearest Home Depot.

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#15 2 years ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

You can buy 1/2" thick solid oak at Home Depot.
Make your own. Easy.

Done and done

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#16 2 years ago

Nice work!

#17 2 years ago

That harbor freight Mil I traded for a set of golf clubs Sure comes in handy

#18 2 years ago
Quoted from orangedude71:

That harbor freight Mil I traded for a set of golf clubs Sure comes in handy

More useful than a set of golf clubs I would say!

#19 2 years ago

Nice job I always make my own way nicer that's for sure

#20 2 years ago
Quoted from Williampinball:

Nice job I always make my own way nicer that's for sure

Now to start the staining process

#21 2 years ago

I’ve had good results using gloss black lacquer or enamel paints.

Any time I’ve used black stain it seems to take a bunch of coats. Makes me think I must be doing something wrong.

#22 2 years ago
Quoted from jgreene:

I’ve had good results using gloss black lacquer or enamel paints.
Any time I’ve used black stain it seems to take a bunch of coats. Makes me think I must be doing something wrong.

Interwebs says India ink might be the best option. Gonna give that a try

#23 2 years ago
Quoted from orangedude71:

Interwebs says India ink might be the best option. Gonna give that a try

Great job your doing ,had always used the lacquer or enamel paints works out great

#24 2 years ago

I think you are overthinking this. Back in the day they would have just slapped any old paint that was laying about on it to make it black.

Do you really think the big wigs all sat around a table pondering about how to paint this part???? Hahahahahahaha

I would just rattle can it and there you go - finished!

#25 2 years ago
Quoted from pins4u:

I think you are overthinking this. Back in the day they would have just slapped any old paint that was laying about on it to make it black.
Do you really think the big wigs all sat around a table pondering about how to paint this part???? Hahahahahahaha
I would just rattle can it and there you go - finished!

But you gottta admit. This looks money. This is just India ink. Probably one more coating and then I’ll hit it with some Satin clearcoat

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#26 2 years ago
Quoted from Williampinball:

Great job your doing ,had always used the lacquer or enamel paints works out great

Ink is money.

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#27 2 years ago
Quoted from orangedude71:

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Looks really great bud nice job

#28 2 years ago

India ink with three coats of satin clearcoat. Generally I’m pretty happy with the results but one thing I’ll say is that the oak grain is too tall and therefore I couldn’t sand down the clearcoat without removing the color

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#29 2 years ago
Quoted from orangedude71:

India ink with three coats of satin clearcoat. Generally I’m pretty happy with the results but one thing I’ll say is that the oak grain is too tall and therefore I couldn’t sand down the clearcoat without removing the color
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Yea that's the only thing about ink you can't sand it down but it still looks really good great job

#30 2 years ago
Quoted from Williampinball:

Yea that's the only thing about ink you can't sand it down but it still looks really good great job

in hindsight: i would have stained it first.. then used the ink at the end to level out the color. I probably could have done some light sanding had i done that

#31 2 years ago
Quoted from orangedude71:

in hindsight: i would have stained it first.. then used the ink at the end to level out the color. I probably could have done some light sanding had i done that

Yes very true but they still look great ,I always use paint this way u can sand all u want too then the clear after u get it good ,looks great bud nice job

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