Description of a 197O's Meccano set 10 Cabinet.

Paul Dale provided this description of a mid 70s Binns Road set cabinet.  It is four drawer with the 'L' shaped aluminium handles and has a "teak" finish .

The box is 607mm wide, 278mm high and 400mm deep.  The top and bottom overhang the drawers so that they are flush.  Likewise, the fronts of the drawers are flush with the sides of the box.  There are two cut-out hand-holds which he didn't measure, one in each side.  They are produced by cutting 1-ply out of the sides.  The box also has four rubber feet underneath, which earlier cabinets did not have.

Set 10 Cabinet 1975

The upper three drawers aren't as deep as the bottom one.   The upper three are 579mm wide and 332mm deep.  The bottom of the four drawers is 579mm wide and 357mm deep  The height varies between the drawers and are listed for each drawer below.  The outer four sides are made of 11mm 5-ply and the interior partitions are 8mm 3-ply. The front of the drawer has a facing attached that is the full width of the box, 8mm thick with a beveled front top edge.   Each drawer has a slot down each side (located centrally) that let it slide on runners fixed to the outer box.  The base of each drawer is ply wood 1-ply 3mm thick.   The handles are 102mm wide and are situated 94mm from the edge of the front of the draw.

 Top Drawer

The top drawer, illustrated at left, is 63mm high and contains three compartments running the full depth of the drawer.  These are 171mm, 100mm and 266mm wide, from left to right.   These widths are the spaces between the interior separators.

Second Drawer

The second drawer has three compartments: 165mm, 177mm and 195mm wide, from left to right.  This drawer is  50mm high.

Third Drawer

The next drawer down has four compartments: 232mm, 126mm, 48mm and 122mm wide, from left to right.  This drawer is also 50mm high.

Bottom Drawer

The bottom drawer has two triangular sections, back left and front right corners and three diagonal sections running from the front left corner to the back right.  For this drawer only, the internal partitions are cut down from the 3-ply to 1-ply where they intersect the outside edge.  Below are the measurements for each of the outer sides.  These measurements are between the partitions / from the corner to the first partition.  All four of the diagonal separators are parallel.   This drawer is 48mm high.

Replica decals, suitable for restoring motors or rebuilding cabinets can be obtained from:
  Frizinghall Model Railways (UK)

left:  from back 250mm, 55mm, 40mm to front
right: from back 42mm, 55mm, 250mm to front
back:  from left 430mm, 97mm, 19mm to right
front: from left 20mm, 92mm, 424mm to right

The dimensions of this aluminium-handled cabinet vary slightly from the cabinets of the early 1970s, which had little white knobs.  The overall dimensions of the two are as follows:

Cabinet Width Height Depth
Early 1970s "Oak"
with white knobs
597mm 285mm 368mm
Late 1970s "Teak"
with aluminium handles
607mm 278mm 400mm

All unpainted woods will release acidic gases, particularly acetic acid, as they age.  Oak is one of the worst.  Paul can confirm that the box rusts the zinc pieces most effectively, usually leaving the white powdery residue (zinc carbonate).   At least three thick coats of polyurethane would be needed to seal the wood.

Roland Jaggard has provided excellent photographs of a late 1950s Set Ten which shows all the stringing cards that were used by the factory to display the set.  These cards were usually discarded by the owners, so it is rare to find a set with these cards retained!

Currently there are two manufacturers of replica cabinets
Frizinghall Model Railways (UK)

Ashok K. Banerjee (India) 

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