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John Smith

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#1 posted 08-02-2019 12:31 PM

I have one exactly like that. and I see them in Thrift Stores
rather cheap ($25). so there is no real “vintage” price to put on it.
you can repair and finish it to any degree you like.
removing the Formica laminate top is more trouble than it is worth.
the chemical smell is most likely machine oil that has been applied over the years.

Afterthought: take a little lacquer thinner and dab it on the backside edge of the
table top . . . . you might get lucky and it “could” be a wood veneer and not plastic
if the finish does not come off, it is plastic. if the finish comes off, it may
be a wood veneer. if it is all wood, then you could strip and refinish it if you wanted.
but, without some kind of experience, it could be a pretty frustrating project.
(but a nice “practice” project if you wanted to try your hand at it).
as SMP said below, do a good cleaning first to determine what you have.

if you do have an “all wood” cabinet, this is how it would look all cleaned up and refinished:

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