Since we plan to have a painted case for the 105 rather than finished in natural wood, the organ case will be constructed of poplar wood.
The width of the case can be predicted by the width of the windchest. Since we know that the windchest fills the complete width of the case, the windchest measurement gives us an indication of the width of the case. Using this measurement plus a bit of space on either side to allow removal and insertion, we have the inside measurement of the width of the case. We use the depth and height measurements obtained from the Stanoszek plans and the Neilson 105.
So, having determined the internal dimensions of the organ case, we can calculate the external dimensions of the case. The shape of the various pieces of the case are drawn on paper along with the measurements of each piece. Then, we are off to the lumber yard to order the wood which will be cut and finished to the exact size.
With the pieces of the case now in hand, we can begin the assembly of the case. At this point, we will only assemble the basic case, without the front trim and back components. This detail work will be saved for later.
Photo A shows the assembly of the lower section of the case. The lower section is shown upside down. Wurlitzer used a solid bottom on their organs. This served to protect the bottom pipes from damage while it was being moved around and also provided a bit of protection from ground moisture when the organ was sitting on bare ground with a portable carousel. We will use two strips of wood with casters rather than the solid bottom. This organ will be in a protected environment and this will allow easier access to the bottom pipes for tuning etc.
Photo B shows the lower section of the case, now in an upright position. The bottom of the main part of the case is now in place. Photo C shows the sides and the top of the organ case assembled on the lower part of the case as viewed from the back.
Photo D shows the front of the case with the vertical channel board in place. The channels in this board will conduct the wind pressure from the windchest to blow the bottom pipes. These pipes will be mounted to the underside of the bottom of the main case.
Photo E shows the construction of one of organ side tables which will hold a drum. We used the wings on our style 125 organ as a pattern to determine the shape and size.
We now have something to look at while working on the internal parts.
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