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A couple of month ago I bought a DIY radio kit for an AM - Radio.
Based on that kit I build a picture frame radio.

Step 1: The Parts

  • Am AM - Radio Kit
  • A canvas
  • Some old clock faces
  • Some clock pointers
  • Some pieces of wood
  • Some paper napkins
  • Some "Art Potch" for napkin technique

Step 2: The Canvas

Prepare the canvas with the paper napkins you like and let it dry.
I used the same napkin to colour the inner front panel of the meter.
While the canvas is drying build the radio and test it.

Step 3: Build the Radio

First I glued some clock pointers onto the knobs for tuning and the volume.
Than I cut a paper cone so it fits to the speaker of the kit.
I glued the speaker at the cone and stained it with wax stain.
I cut two aluminium shimmings to fasten the poti and the capacitor.
I glued them with hard glue from the back.
A piece of wood gives the canvas enough stability to carry the speaker. It was had glued as well.

Step 4: The Front

For the meter I cut a ring of beach wood and stained it with wax stain as well.
I glued the clock faces on the canvas and attached the knobs with the pointers.

Now its ready for the mounting on the wall. After dawn I will be able to receive a lot of AM - Stations from around the world.
The paper cone makes the speaker much louder and it is a fun to listen to all the stations.

With kind regards,


Horatus Steam
I love your idea for the indicator knobs! I have been wondering how make indicator type switches look more steampunk...<br>(I have this nice little double throw 12 position switch, I've been wanting to use) <br>So anyways thanks for the idea and a cool project too!
That looks awesome!

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