Antique Dresser

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Project by Rich_LI posted 01-29-2018 09:07 PM 862 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a chest of drawers that I refinished. This piece was in an attic in Lake Winola, PA for 20 years and was beat up and dried out, there were cracks everywhere, chunks missing and veneer delaminated and missing. It was manufactured by The Gale Manufacturing Co (1896 to 1902) in Tionesta PA, so since it was at least 115 years old I felt it was worth the effort. I first fully disassembled the piece, all the hide glue was dried out and it was rickety, I then stripped it and proceeded to restore each piece. I was able to use everything except the hardware, some was missing, but I found the equivalent to keep it as close to original as possible. I used an internal block of wood to replace the missing chunks of wood to keep the match close. The delaminated veneer I covered by making stiles for the sides panels, I jointed and cut a piece of red oak firewood for this. The drawer sides were all broken, but instead of replacing I cut off the bottoms and joined new wood, then hand cut the dovetails. I glued it up with Titebond red and used polyurethane. It’s now good for the next 100 years.

-- Rich LI, Life is short, buy more tools !

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#1 posted 01-30-2018 12:03 AM

Very Nice Work & Well done Rich!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 01-30-2018 01:15 AM

Great restoration!

-- AJ

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#3 posted 01-30-2018 08:04 PM

Nice save! I like it.
I think you added “rails” and not “stiles”, but I can never keep that straight.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#4 posted 01-30-2018 08:22 PM

You are correct, I goggled it Stiles are the verticals and Rails are the Horizontals

-- Rich LI, Life is short, buy more tools !

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#5 posted 01-30-2018 09:07 PM

That is better than rescuing an old dog from the pound. Great job.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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