Refinish Job on a neighbors old Cedar chest.

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Project by thedude50 posted 10-14-2012 05:22 AM 28639 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a freebie refinish for a neighbor it is 2 coats of garnet shellac and three coats of a wipe on Poly and three coats of finishing wax . When he brought this to me 2 months ago it had 5 coats of paint and 200 stickers on it I instructed him to buy a gallon of Ready strip it is a green stripper used on historical homes it is very good in two applications it was bare and ready to sand he hand sanded it with 220 and I did all the finish work the case was spayed with the q3 Fuji Hvlp sprayer at a 1 pound mix it went on great and I applied the two coats over an hour I let that dry for one hour and applied 2 coats of the wipe on poly I let them dry an hour between coats and scuffed between coats. Then three applications of Min Wax finishing wax. The finished case is a little damaged but it was his moms case and it was a wreck it is now on display in his home.

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 06:15 AM

Looks good!

Pics. 1 & 3 seem to be identical…

Nice going!

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 12:15 PM

That came out real nice!!

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 04:38 PM

Glad you put up an example. I rescued my mother’s cedar chest when she died last December. No one in the family wanted it but I could not let it be sold for $5 in the estate sale. It has a lot of memories for me. Mom’s still has the original shellac finish, now flaking badly. I haven’t tested but pretty sure it’s shellac. I think the garnet shellac is the way to go, with a couple of poly topcoats. Your project turned out great. I will shamelessly borrow your finishing ideas!

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 02:34 AM

Great job. I love salvaging what I can and refinishing it. These are some of the best projects.

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 03:11 AM

David if you finish is shellac I believe it can be removed easily with a rag soaked in denatured alcohol. If that does not remove it I am in the Ready strip camp the two lady’s that invented the stuff are very good people and I believe they still own the company. It will be a snap to refinish and it will hold the memories for future generations. We need to stop tossing out and selling pieces that make up our family history. If we come from rich famileys the furniture may be richer but that dos not mean it should not be cared for any less and if we are poor we know how much our parents worked to buy that one special piece. I think it is a must to restore for you and if you use my finishing ideas that will make my day.

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#6 posted 10-17-2012 03:30 AM

Very well done! How did you manage 25k views in less than two days??

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#7 posted 10-17-2012 11:49 PM

Well from what i can figure out from other successful posts it is the use of common search words in the title of the document. old cedar chest and refurbish got a load of traffic from what i can tell. This is why the top three needs another way to be chosen. dont get me wrong I am pleased a lot of LJs saw it and a few commented on it. However while it is a nice finish I have done many projects that the finish was either as good or better than this. And i think in the first paragraph i said freebie or free and that also set off the search engines. I am still happy that this many people saw some of my work I only wish this many will see my workbench when it is complete and that I get a top 3 for that I have a lot more work into that than I do into this. And it would be a real drag if people dont see the damn benches I am making.

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 02:35 AM

I love old cedar chests! Great job!

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 11:54 PM

Thanks Mike I am doing lots of restoration work now as I have it in my head that I will learn something from restoration work. I have a 80 year old buffet in the shop now for a refinish job on the outside. I will post before and after photos asap

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