Flood recovery project #3: Cleaning and restoring wood

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 09-18-2017 01:53 PM 711 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I managed to devote a lot of time to this project this weekend. I finished up the shower project in my home as well as my RV. My house is officially recovered from the flood. That left me with lots of time this weekend to concentrate in my workshop.

Over the weekend I did a lot of small things. Mainly I dissected the drawers in the cabinet. As I pulled out the drawers, I found they were the only thing holding in many of the rails on the right side. The back board warped but the moving and storing I think caused the nails to pull loose.

The before and after pictures shows that all the top rails fell out when I pulled our the drawers. So I spent a lot of time cleaning, clamping and gluing. I fixed all the rails.

Most of my time was spent cleaning wood and putting lemon oil on everything. The wood was so dry, that it absorb over a bottle and 1/2 of lemon oil. The difference was staggering. The side by side is pretty neat to see.

I also managed to salvage the back and completely restore those boards. It is a bit wavy, but after talking to my buddy he was perfectly fine with that.

All of the drawers, especially the bottom two were nasty. Again, I spent a few hours cleaning each drawer, applying lemon oil and fixing all the drawer hardware. After I did that, I took my headless pin nailer and simply worked over each drawer until they were square and did not have any more lateral movement. Over the life of the piece family members used pencil to draw all over the sides and back of the drawers. The aunt of my buddy’s wife must have drawn pictures on it when she was a little girl. It was pretty funny and neat to see. I made sure not to remove any of those marks and just cleaned and oiled over them.

The final and hardest step of the weekend was trying to remove the old dried up gum stuck to the top of the piece. It took 3 sanding pads to clean it up, but for now things are looking pretty good and passed inspection by the neighbors.

Next step will be to recreate boards for the bottom, they are just to warped to save.

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#1 posted 09-18-2017 04:49 PM

Good luck with the repair, you are a good neighbor.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#2 posted 09-18-2017 09:12 PM

A very good recovery there.
Now I am a little curious about something, your name,... isnt freddiemac the name of a bank somewhere in the USA?
No home
No buddies
you know the drum

-- Regards Rob

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