Very old china cabinet

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Project by mcoyfrog posted 11-03-2014 08:09 PM 1776 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my daughter-in-law called me in a panic one night her china cupboard that her grandpa made had been ruined by water damage from a casserole pan sitting on it. She was hoping I could fix it for her. We talked then the next day after work I stopped by and looked at it and said I would do my best.

Well before I got it to my shop the next weekend she had talked with her mom about it and found out that her grandpa never made it but just did some restoring on it. Turns out its been in her family since late 1800’s or early 1900’s. WOW that scared me. I told her if I did any work on it the value would most likely go down since I really didn’t know how to do any real antique work. She wasn’t worried about that just sentimental value to her and the family.

Further research showed that in the 1970’s when grandpa did some work, it consisted of stripping off the dark stain and replacing the back on the top part of the cupboard (not shown). After I realized this I wasn’t as worried about value because it had already been worked on before me. The original back was the 1/4” solid wood with a lap technique and grandpa replaced with 1/4 plywood.

Anyway I got to it, using a stripper from the local wal-mart (no not that kind get your mind out of the gutter) I got the layer of clear off and thats what it looked like in the first picture. Then some bleaching, steaming and sanding got me to the next couple of pic’s. I just did the top i had no need to mess with anything else.

Just gave it back to her yesterday and she was happy so I guess its all worth it.

Let me know what you think, I’m sure amazed at how well the steaming worked.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 08:16 PM

DID a Great JOB!

All is well on that front!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 08:58 PM

Nice work! I’m always worried when doing any repair work, it’s tough for me to get it fixed without doing more damage. Plus matching finishes is a nightmare. You handled it exceptionally well. A little refinish work on the side might be something to look into.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#3 posted 11-03-2014 08:59 PM

Very nice job!!!

-- Lexi, Evolutia, Alabama,

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 09:06 PM

Looks really nice to me. A great job!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 11-03-2014 09:15 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 11-03-2014 10:09 PM

Good work as usual!

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#7 posted 11-04-2014 12:44 AM

Good job. An impressive change…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 11-04-2014 02:49 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments, it really was a bit scary you just never know what it will turn into when doing refinish work.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 11-04-2014 03:02 PM

Any idea what wood that top is made of? I like the grain to it. Nice job refinishing it.

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#10 posted 11-04-2014 05:55 PM

great save and a very nice looking finish.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 11-04-2014 06:32 PM

Texasoak Its oak but I’m not sure if its white or red I’m guessing red because it has that yellowish/orange tint to it, and thanks for the comment

Thanks Matt

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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