Flood recovery project #4: The back and the bottom

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 09-20-2017 02:36 PM 816 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, last night was productive. I managed to get the cabinet on its feet for the first time in a year. To do so, I had to fix the back rail and bottom. The tongue on it was cracked. On Saturday I inspected the crack and decide it could be repaired. Using some toothpicks I pushed some wood glue into the crack and clamped it down.

I was worried it would not hold, but when I took the clamps off last night, it was very sold. Modern wood glues make things easier some days. The other concern with this board was it had a hump in it. I shaved a bit more out of the tongue. After about 20 minutes of filing and careful work, I managed to get the back support rail reinstalled on the piece.

That left the last major problem to be addressed, the bottom. After looking at the boards for the bottom, I came to the conclusion there was no salvaging those boards. They look like Twizzlers. I went to Lowes and found some nice tongue and groove cedar boards for the bottom. I cut out the four boards needed and place them in the bottom. Using the salvaged nails, I nailed everything back into its proper place. I added some brads for extra support. Then I called my buddy over to help me get this guy back on its feet.

Checked everything with my levels and squares. It all looked good.

Next steps will be to clean up the miter at the top. There was some dry rotted wood on one of the miters. I also need to stain the bottom a red oak color.

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#1 posted 04-24-2018 10:57 AM

This is looking great. Did you finish?

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#2 posted 12-17-2018 06:31 PM

Yes, I did, the only step after this one was some final cleaning and putting the doors back on. I had to replace the mirror holder and match up stains, but here is the finished product.

I was over at my neighbor’s house helping him this weekend and they did the antique refinishing on it. It looks pretty good.

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