A Gift for Dad
In December, 2015 I was contacted by a fellow who’s restoring a 1920, model 711, single counter NCR Cash Register.
There are many old mechanical cash registers in circulation. National Cash Register was a major manufacturer, and they decorated many steel machines (vs brass) in a Mahogany-like faux grain.
Due to heavy use, these machines tend to end up quite worn and in poor condition.
The customer was restoring the register as a gift for his father. He found my site via Google and contacted me through my “services” page. He’s also working with a specialist to restore and assemble the mechanical aspects.
Cost of Restoring an Antique NCR Cash Register
In calculating a bid for this cash register faux wood project, my first instinct was to search for values on line (antique dealers, auction sites, ebay…), I found present value to be below $300 for similar machines.
I don’t know what the cost of the mechanical work would be, but I’m guessing it’s not inexpensive.
A project like this, due to several small parts, some with multiple sides/angles of view, takes about the same amount of time as a full dash and escutcheon set for an antique car.
I was once asked to grain a plastic Jaguar shift knob. Small projects like that don’t usually work out due to the realities of time and effort: Create a sample for the customers approval, prep the plastic, apply primer, base coat, plus multiple layers of grain technique and clear coats. And by the way, real and faux wood shift knobs are available for most cars, often under $100.
Point is, on some projects, unless it results in a substantial increase in value of the object being grained, my minimum fees are often too high.