cabinet restauration

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Project by pastahill posted 04-03-2011 09:25 PM 3291 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a restauration project what i have done one year ago. I found this cabinet in the garage of my father-in-law. I think it stays there for the last 70 jears, because i found paintrings from colourcans with sticked on newspaper, with old german letters( pre 1945 ), in it.Like you can see was the cabinett in a very bad shape. It was overpainted 3 times, a lot of nails were driven in, “to hang things”,on the outside. The legs were completle rotten and the wood worm was in. After etching the whole colour from the cabinet, i have seen that i have to replace the complet cabinet ground of the top part, because the worm was very busy.New legs where made on the lathe and after smothing the surface i coloured it with waterbased stains. I brought up some nice caucasien walnut veneer and waxed everything with with my homemade finish. It consists of beewax, carnauber, parafin and turpentine oil. After polishing by hand it has a nice shine and a fine smell which lasts over years.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 09:54 PM

Amazing save! One to be proud of!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 12:07 AM

Very nice!

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 01:41 AM


That’s an incredible transformation!!!

Beautiful job.


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#4 posted 04-04-2011 02:00 AM

Nice job.


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#5 posted 04-04-2011 03:03 AM

What a great old cabinet. You did a very nice job of saving it.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 04:41 AM

Fabulous transformation! Thanks for sharing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 03:33 PM

Beautiful restoration work!

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 03:46 PM

Hard to believe that it’s the same cabinet. Amazing job of restoration.

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#9 posted 04-06-2011 03:51 PM

Excellent work. When I first saw the before picture I was thinking “you have to be kidding me”.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 04-11-2011 06:10 AM

Lovely work, mon ami. Brava!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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