Antique Sideboard Makeover

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Project by summerfi posted 01-01-2014 08:16 PM 2500 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sideboard, buffet, chest, or whatever you wish to call it, belonged to my wife’s grandmother. Even in it’s best of days it was not a quality piece of furniture, being made of plain maple and poplar, and originally having a fake painted-on oak grain finish. When my wife acquired it, it was covered in several layers of various colored paint. Still, it has a nice design and some good family history, so I decided to see what I could do with it. After stripping it down and sanding it, I veneered the entire piece in contrasting figured maple and walnut veneer. Most people would never know it is not solid wood. The original doors were in poor shape, so I made new ones with a solid figured maple frame and walnut burl veneer panel. Now, I think it is a very attractive piece, and we get a lot of favorable comments on it.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#1 posted 01-01-2014 08:23 PM

Bob, you did a great refinishing job on this piece, its beautiful. No wonder you get favorable comments on it.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 08:51 PM

beautiful save Bob.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 12:34 AM

That is one fine finish job to be proud of; MAGNIFICANT. And also a superb job on constructing new replacement doors.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 01:33 AM

wow, you have done a great job transforming this cabinet. Your veneer works looks great. How did you attach the veneer?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 03:59 AM


You certainly put a lot of work into that beauty! It will be enjoyed for many more years.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 07:35 AM

That’s pretty cool.
Would be great to see a “before” picture….................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 05-25-2016 06:56 PM

hello there Bob, this is a gorgeous piece that you have re done, you are right about folks not knowing that its not all solid wood, but it really is, just not the quilted maple, you did a splendid job here, i love the veneer you choose , i wanted to ask about the top, is it veneered also, i came across your page here by looking at your hand saws, they are beautiful as well, i have a few old back saws , one has a walnut handle also and i love the job they do for me, i see that you are a fisherman as well, i love the west, and especially Montana, i have a friend who lives in Bozeman, we have been there and through the state when we moved too Alaska, we lived there for 15 years and i would be there now if it wasnt for health reasons, i love to fish, that is what i did up there, well i love all of the work you have posted here, have a great summer, and enjoy some trout for me, how often do you fish….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 05-25-2016 07:22 PM

Hey Grizz, thanks for the nice comments. Yes, the top is veneered in quilted maple too. As for the fishing, I used to do a lot in my younger days, but now that I’m an old timer I don’t do nearly as much as I should. Take care.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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