Me and my big mouth

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Project by Greg3G posted 10-24-2007 02:20 AM 2518 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I blogged earlier, I open my big mouth and agreed to do some repair and refinishing work for the Dr who operated on my shoulder this spring. This is probably the most challening peice of the bunch. It is a display case he had in his office where he stored his Hole-in-One golf ball as well as several artifical joint artifacts he has collected over the years. (very interesting)

As you will see, I have already removed the doors and pulled the glass out of them.

Heres a summary list of the problems:

- The top and the shelves all have scratches through the finish and into the wood.

- One of the doors has a chip in the veneer about 2 1/2 long by 3/4 wide.

- Each of the bottom corners have large chips out of them.

Its the bottom corners that concern me the most. I need to come up with a repair that will be durable as well able to support the case. I will probably add nylon pads to the bottom of the case to help avoid this problem in the future as long as i can attach them securly.
(Please pardon my photography, I’m not too good with a camera.)
Additioal Photos

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 10-24-2007 02:39 AM

make a new one exactly like this one. see if he notices, it might be easier and would probably turn out nicer

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 10-24-2007 02:44 AM

I’m with Dan. Make a new one.

Geez, you let a a guy who treats his woodwork this way operate on you? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Greg Mitchell

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#3 posted 10-24-2007 02:58 AM

Greg, depending on how think the vereer is you might strip it down, and get to the base color of the wood. You may have to fill in were the old veneer is chipped out, and sand down smooth again, and then just reapply some new veneer. If that works the bottom kick plate should not be hard at all. If you can get the kickplates off, and can just make new one’s out of 3/4” plywood, and reapply some new veneer. Good luck. Post

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#4 posted 10-24-2007 02:59 AM

Greg. Do you know what the veneer is. I might have some that can be used to replace what is on the cabinets.

Give me a call.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 10-24-2007 04:14 AM

I am with TOP. Fill, sand, stain and send back. Given the dark color it would probably go over well.

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#6 posted 10-24-2007 01:51 PM

First, thanks for the incentive to join. I’ve been lurking for months, but never felt strongly enough about anything (or had the time …) to comment. Second, the comment. If you’ve got a big mouth, meet Monstro the Whale. I’ve been sidetracked from all my “want to” projects by “favor for friends” projects, mostly dealing with items rescued from the trash that just need a little fixing or cosmetic treatment—you’d be amazed what people throw away (or maybe not), and I can’t stand to let a tree die for nothing, even if it’s been ground into termite-you-know-what. So—what you have is the perfect opportunity to perfect your skills or learn a new one without investing in expensive materials. Naturally you’ll do the best job you can, but make allowances for the learning curve. That’s how I (sort of) learned upholstery (the chair disassembly and regluing went fine, while the new upholstery looks … “okay,” especially if you’re sitting on it and covering it up). I’ve found that woodworking manuals from Great Britain often have very good tips and tutorials for repairing antiques that seem too far gone to save, and the techniques work just as well on newer stuff (and I think that rocker I found last week may just be an antique, and needs very little repair). Using your doctor’s cabinet as a practice piece might please and surprise you both—and if you screw it up, build him a new one. Taking apart old furniture lets you see how to design and build your own—and even improve old designs. If your workshop/house/whatever gets too crowded with rescued items … thankfully I just found a member of our church choir, a recent immigrant, who doesn’t have a stick of furniture, and can’t afford store prices. For the price of the repair materials, he’s getting an apartment full of furniture from me, and I’m getting enough room to breathe.

-- Hibernicvs

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#7 posted 10-24-2007 02:31 PM

justification for saying “sure” .. a positive twist! :)
and how wonderful that you can provide the furniture to the choir member!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 10-24-2007 03:07 PM

I had considered just building a new cabinet….but he had purchased this peice while he was a resident at Temple Univ. Hospital. It’s hard to tell by the photos but it has a wonderful grain pattern on the doors, worth keeping. All in all it is a pretty well made cabinet. A lot of the scratches have come over time from the multiple moves made by a young doctor. That and his youngest son is Autistic, who is pretty high functioning now, but had a harder time before he learned to communicate. He has a pensil post bed where he has bitten into one of the posts. (that’s a post for another time.)

I think the best approach is to just strip it down and refinish it. It’s not a particually valuable peice so I don’t think it will be a loss of value. I am considering replacing the base. I looked again at the chip outs and I don’t think there will be a good way to fill them in and have the repairs stay for any lenth of time.

Karson, I’ll call you later today if that’s ok. Its been a very long time since I have done any veneering and I am pretty rusty at that.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#9 posted 10-24-2007 09:23 PM

Actually since the base is recessed under the cabinet and “shadowed”, I’d just ruff it up and paint it flat black. You’d never notice really and the construction is strong. The scratches can be sanded and refinished…just be careful not to go thru the veneer. As for the doors…If they’re solid wood then turn loose. If they’re veneered…You’ll need to re-veneer.

I’d talk to the doc again and see how far he really wants to go with this. Sometimes it’s more benificial to purchase new office furniture, (it’s that professional image) which means you might end up with a nice workshop case for all your plans and magazines!

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#10 posted 10-24-2007 09:39 PM

No problem Greg.

calling ringing- ringing answering

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#11 posted 11-03-2007 01:05 PM


Before I would do anything that can’t be undone, I would try some of the Howard products. They have a great line of furniture cleaning and “restoring” products that are not that expensive. A good cleaning followed by use of the wood appropriate “restoring” not refinishing product may take care of 95% of the problems. It won’t fix the veneer but I’m sure it would help blend the new piece you put in. Last time I purchased some I got it on the net from some place in Arizona but recently noticed that Home Depot was carrying it. I too opened my big mouth re: a couple of family pieces that had gotten scratched pretty badly in a move and after a good cleaning and the mahogony restorer it looked almost new again. Hope this helps


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