Well, one more project is done! Yay! I've been slowly but surely getting this little cutie pie in shape. I found a 99k in a cabinet that was rough--cost all of $10 at auction, and that was probably too much!
I decided she was a good candidate for a little handcrank experiment. The only thing really left to do is work on the crank a bit and how it fits to the wheel. I notched the original solid wheel using a grinder, but the little arm on the crank falls just short of setting in the notch. A little wad of electrical tape helps, but I'm trying to come up with a more permanent solution. I also need to paint where the wheel was notched to keep it from rusting up.
I ended up stripping the veneer off the top of the cabinet and the front where the drawer is. The top had some gouges, but I think the scrap oak underneath gives it an interesting look. The cabinet was stripped of its lacquer and refinished in shellac, then polished with paste wax.
The machine itself was sluggish and very dirty. A donor plate from another 99k (I didn't like the replacement one's matte finish) was added and everything cleaned up. She polished up very nicely, although now I can see all the little nicks and scratches in her, but who doesn't have a few flaws?