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Buckley Jewel Box Digger restoration

Postby gamblingman » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:32 pm

I recently found a Buckley Table-Top Jewel Box Digger while purchasing some slots from an estate. It is in pretty rough shape, but mostly all there, and it is going to be a fun restoration project. One thing I am missing is the front prize door, so if anyone has any old Buckley parts out there, please email * address removed - Site Admin. I can have a local company do a re-cast, but I thought I would see if I can find the part first, and yes, I've already tried James Roller......he was a bucket-full of information and restoration tips, but he does not have an extra door. I will post pictures of the restoration as it progresses this summer. I have a few slots to finish first!

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Re: Buckley Jewel Box Digger

Postby pennymachines » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:50 pm

Hi gamblingman and welcome to the site.
I've removed your email address, otherwise you will be spammed! Members can contact you via the PM or Forum email system without compromising your account.

I really like countertop diggers and the Buckley Table-Top Jewel Box Digger is one of the few electric versions. Is it just the prize door missing or the whole front casting? You could place a wanted advert in the Market, but I have to admit, the chances of finding one are slim. I've seen very few Jewel Box Diggers in the UK.

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Re: Buckley Jewel Box Digger

Postby gamblingman » Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:09 pm

Thanks for looking out for me on the e-mail. Yes, the door is the only thing missing...the casting is good, and the rest of the parts are there.......they may be covered with 45 coats of paint, but they are all there. I know finding a Jewel Box door is going to be a life-long journey, but I thought I would throw it out there, in case anyone knew of anyone that knew of anyone. I would take any Buckley door that is available....as something is better than nothing, and only the designs were different. If I can find a good door somewhere, I can get a rubbbing of the Jewel box door, and between the two I can get a re-cast made that will look original.

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Re: Buckley Jewel Box Digger

Postby slotalot » Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:32 pm

Hi Gamblingman :D
You could always try Jim Roller; he was very helpful when I was restoring my Jewel box digger, and mine was in a very sad state :oops:
http://www.jamesroller.com/vintage/
If he can't help you I will be very surprised. Let us know how you get on. !THUMBS!
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Re: Buckley Jewel Box Digger

Postby pennymachines » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:07 pm

gamblingman wrote:I've already tried James Roller......he was a bucket-full of information and restoration tips, but he does not have an extra door
Come on Stuart - keep up! :didact:
Nice Jewel Box BTW. :D

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Re: Buckley Jewel Box Digger

Postby gamblingman » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:43 pm

Wow that is gorgeous! Is there any chance I can get some detailed pics from you all of the way around? I have a few questions about window trim, etc. I would especially be interested in detailed pics of the door. I may have to create one and have a casting made if all else fails. I hope the wood on mine is as good under the 50 layers of paint........I know there were some holes drilled into the case and it is going to be a challenge to fix them correctly.

Thanks for the pic, and like I said, I would love to see any others you could provide.......After looking at it a little longer, did you re-make the cabinet?

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Re: Buckley Jewel Box Digger

Postby slotalot » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:08 pm

pennymachines wrote:Come on Stuart - keep up! :didact:
Sorry Dave...... You know I can't read !!ESCAPE!!

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Re: Buckley Jewel Box Digger

Postby gameswat » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:01 am

Gamblingman, sounds like you might need to invest in some of this product or the like, [xurl=http://amazingmoldputty.com/ProdDetail.cfm?Category=Silicone%20Rubber&Name=Amazing%20Mold%20Putty]Click here for link[/xurl]
Edited to add external link BP
I've had huge success with it copying some very important parts as no shrinkage in the mold. And especially when I was just visiting fellow collectors with similiar machines, I could quickly mold this stuff together (1 min) and form it over the part while still in situ on the machine (3 mins). Wait about 10 mins and then off comes a superb silicon rubber mold to use later. And not even any mold release needed unless it's a very fragile surface, then I cover with something like clingwrap first. You could prob even send some to an owner of a Jewel Box and ask them to mold it for you. Good luck.

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Re: Buckley Jewel Box Digger

Postby slotalot » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:02 am

The makeup of the door is quite complex, it is not just a flat plate, it has a small bracket on the right hand side to which an extension arm is fixed. This extension arm trips an anti-pilfering device when the door is opened and also makes up part of the hinge assembly. I have done a quick drawing and taken some photos that may be of help to you. !!PHOTO!!
You could try asking at [xurl=http://castmetalparts.com]Leerock Foundry[/xurl]. They might be able to help you with the parts. :!?!:

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You are welcome to come and have a look if you need to? :tarah:
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Re: Buckley Jewel Box Digger

Postby gamblingman » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:57 pm

Great pictures, thanks so much for posting them. Jim did send me pics of a Treasure Chest door, so I know the lever, etc. I will check the foundary, thanks for sending the link. It will likely be a longshot, but worth a call. I have found a couple of people that own Jewel Box Diggers, and in looking at their pics, I don't think either of them have the correct door as yours does. I know it is a real pain to get the door out, so I am not going to ask you to make a mold, but if you ever have to take her apart for any reason, I will gladly pay for the materials and pay you well for your time. Your pictures will help a lot..... if I can't find a Jewel box door, I might be able to find a regular Buckley door to cast from, and I am betting I can get close to re-creating what you have. I have a friend who is an absolute whiz on metal work... but nothing beats the original.


Again, thanks for all of your help... you have inspired me! lol


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