Repaired Lane Cedar Chest

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Project by StephenSchaad posted 11-25-2012 02:13 AM 10942 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I repaired this Lane chest for my brother in law. I found out these chests were made mostly of laminate and very little solid lumber. I guess the inside is solid cedar? Maybe? Anyway, I made the new “skirt” out of solid red oak. The original skirt didn’t match perfectly and neither does the new one, so who cares. haha

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#1 posted 11-25-2012 02:22 AM

nice job on the repair. Things don’t always match anyway. Looks good.

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 03:18 AM

Not sure any major manufacturer uses solid wood anymore. Beautiful save.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-25-2012 03:18 AM

Good job of the fix. I can’t stand pressboard furniture. What I like even less is trying to repair junk. I always try to convince folks to buy quality furniture and get rid of their big-box-store furniture. Then I offer to build them something. I digress, Great job.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#4 posted 11-25-2012 06:27 AM

I’m with you svenbecca. I hate presswood. As far as I’m concerned, the only use for presswood is for jigs. I built a medicine cabinet out of MDF recently and put at least 50 coats of paint on it. Never again. If I can’t make it out of solid wood in the future, I won’t even bother.

-- I've been doing this for years but I am still a newb

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 04:15 AM

Well I may not be using the terms correctly but there is a big difference between particle board and MDF. MDF is GREAT for patterns/jigs but particle board is good for…. NOTHING. It’s the stuff that falls apart when it gets wet and they use it for kitchen cabinets all the time. But none the less, I’m happy with the repair and it looks much better. Thanks for the responses..

Monte is right… It’s profit over quality unfortunately!

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#6 posted 11-29-2012 03:21 PM

You’re right Stephen, there is a difference between presswood and fiberboard. I thought presswood was just a generic term for sheets of “wood” made from chips, sawdust, or wood fibers.

-- I've been doing this for years but I am still a newb

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#7 posted 12-01-2012 04:11 AM

this is great to see as i am also currently working on refinishing a lane cedar chest! different style but i do agree the wood is solid and the laminate is a pain in areas, i am glad i dug back in the pages and found this, nice work on the refurb!

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