(Topic ID: 153368)

What wood was used on woodrail pinballs?


By BlackCatBone

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    Hi -

    Can someone tell me for certain what wood was used on the Gottlieb/Williams woodrail games of the 1950s? Was the same wood used for the legs on games with wood legs? I need to get some wood filler to repair and refinish several damaged legs and rails and I'm not sure of the wood species.

    Thanks.

    #2 3 years ago

    I am going to say that most Gottlieb woodrails used poplar for the cabinets and maple for the legs and trim. I have seen some variation but the bulk were probably of this construction. I have been a woodworker for many years and I usually use Plastic Wood brand of filler. You can get it in colors to match the host material if you are simply going to varnish the surface, not paint it. If you are going to paint it then it doesn't make any difference. You can buy a small can of the "natural". JLC

    #3 3 years ago

    Thank you for the very helpful information!

    #4 3 years ago

    Do you know or have a sense of what finish originally was used on the wood? Was it lacquer, varnish, poly, shellac, or something else? Do you have a favorite brand of finish? I'd like to be as original as possible.

    Thanks for all information.

    #5 3 years ago

    What you see on the wood trim of woodrails is a yellowed original finish. This isn't how it looked when it left the factory. Sand the wood bare, and use a good water-based polyurethane clear. That should restore a good, clean original look to the wood trim. There are many good brands from which to choose. Minwax is a very popular brand. I've used a clear finish called Zar, and it works well.

    #6 3 years ago

    Back in the day it was probably shellac. If you want to use that you may be able to achieve that original orange-ish tone....

    #7 3 years ago

    The usual wood trim finish was lacquer.
    Three choices with restoring:
    1) Leave alone
    2) Sand down to bare wood and refinish (I use lacquer for a finish when doing this)
    3) Do this:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PBEa-DzQGA0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Alan

    #8 3 years ago

    This Old Pinball #1 covers refinishing woodrail trim.

    http://pinrepair.com/top/

    #9 3 years ago
    Quoted from P2K:

    The usual wood trim finish was lacquer.
    Three choices with restoring:
    1) Leave alone
    2) Sand down to bare wood and refinish (I use lacquer for a finish when doing this)
    3) Do this:
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PBEa-DzQGA0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    ยป YouTube video
    Alan

    I bought that exact product - wow, does it seriously make a difference and unlike most pinball tasks it is quick with instant results.

    #10 3 years ago

    Loved the video - many thanks. I'll pick up Old Pinball #1 as well. This forum is a force multiplier, just a huge assist.

    #11 3 years ago

    One oddity.

    Wishing Well 1955 was made from pressboard so extra heavy.

    3 years later
    #12 11 days ago
    Quoted from BlackCatBone:

    I'll pick up Old Pinball #1 as well.

    It is actually in #2, not #1.

    http://pinrepair.com/top/top2.htm

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