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Leg measurements for a 1936 Western Products machine? (or of the era)

By Jahkub

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

I'd like to fabricate some legs for a friend's 1936 western products "Top 'Em". It's in really good condition for its age besides the complete lack of legs.

I have pictures of them from the flyer but lack the measurements other than what I can from the cabinet wear. The first being the height and width of the legs, the next being the depth of the rebate/rabbet where the cab attaches to the legs.

I don't imagine anyone reading this has this machine or even a contemporary western products machine, but maybe I can get a response or two with some general measurements of the era?

#2 2 years ago

I have a 1937 Bally Skipper that has the legs off at the moment. I can get some measurements/photos for you this weekend if you think it would be helpful.

#3 2 years ago

I pulled some measurements from the cabinet today and it seems like a 1.5" width and 1.75-2" depth is right. The total height will probably be in line with modern machines so that it looks good in the lineup. What is the width and depth of the legs on your machine?

#4 2 years ago

Pinball resource sells legs:
http://www.pbresource.com/legs.html
But if you click on the item number "LEG-31WOOD" it then takes you to a photo of the wooden legs with measurements.
It's a good starting point for measurements if you are wanting to make your own.

#5 2 years ago

Just for future reference if anyone else is searching for the same answer and doesn't have wear on the cabinet to measure. The rebate/rabbet is 10" tall, and 7/8 to 1" deep. Attachment holes are 5 - 5/16" and 7 - 9/16 measured from the bottom of the rebate.

#6 2 years ago
Quoted from Jahkub:

I pulled some measurements from the cabinet today and it seems like a 1.5" width and 1.75-2" depth is right. The total height will probably be in line with modern machines so that it looks good in the lineup. What is the width and depth of the legs on your machine?

Here are some photos of the measurements. Leg length is 34 1/2" without the leveler. Rabbet is 13" long.

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#7 2 years ago

Thanks for the help! I'll post some photos of my build here when I get to it.

3 weeks later
#8 2 years ago

While I didn't end up going for total accuracy, I did make some fine looking legs. I used some nice clear cherry instead of hard maple as I don't think it'll need the extra strength and I happened to have a nice 8/4 piece of cherry seasoned in the shop already.

After initial dimensioning (2" x 1.75" x 31") I carefully set up my table saw to the correct height, angle, and fence width to cut most of the rebate.
One of the cuts had to be fed backwards into the saw, I used a couple feather boards and a stop block for safety. (Sorry some of the photos are blurry) 20190719_160533 (resized).jpg
I wanted to have a solid ledge for the cabinet to sit on and get some chisel practice in so I stopped the cut at the bottom of the rebate. I then made a "knife wall" and chiseled toward it to create the bottom of the rebate. 3 (resized).jpg
At this point I could safely break the cut piece out in order to finish and clean up the table saw cut.
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One down.
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Here they are before the router work, all the holes are drilled and the tops rounded off with a bandsaw. 20190719_165856 (resized).jpg
After using a roundover bit on them I sanded and finished them with an oil based poly. 20190726_111541 (resized).jpg

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