A little repair story in pictures

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-21-2017 11:59 PM 1663 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little repair story in pictures.

My wife bought this dresser last year for $80. It isn’t a fine furniture piece but it deserved better than the repair it had been given. When we got it one back leg was broken off and In a drawer. The other was loose. Since that time it has served as our bedroom dresser with a gallon of paint (out of sight) serving as a back leg.
Here is the story of what happened to it today. It only took about five hours and it is certainly not “restoration quality” but I feel that I have given the piece a little better shake than the last repairer.
The captions tell the story.

..... lots of pictures ….

A little repair story in pictures.

Thanks for lookin in


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 12:05 AM

Nice save….

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#2 posted 03-22-2017 12:11 AM

Nice job Paul, I love to see old furniture get a second life. Now that you used hide glue the next person 100 years from now will have an easier time with any repairs. Nice looking dresser for $80

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

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#3 posted 03-22-2017 12:37 AM

Good save
It will last many more years.
Now you can use the paint can for another project.
I like hwat you did….....I bought many pieces of furniture that need repairs….always knowing it can be put back to original /
Let the others toss it !
Good pictures…...I never think of camera till after Im done

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 03-22-2017 12:42 AM

I really love doing and seeing these rescue projects. It takes more than a little effort and imagination to see the possibilities. Someone or likely a few men along the way helped make this dresser. It is certainly more than trash and guys like us see potential to rescue it. I’m an avid repurpose/recycle guy. I’m glad to know there are other craftsmen that can see it is worth their talents to do this sort of work, and not consider it beneath their efforts.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 03-22-2017 01:06 AM

Paul, a very good REPAIR…

You gave it a new lease on life…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Bob Collins

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#6 posted 03-22-2017 03:12 AM

Nice repair job Paul. always great t see old furniture given another life span. Well done and great photos.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 03-22-2017 03:25 AM

nice repair

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 03-22-2017 04:16 AM

Great Job, and Looks good. Haven’t seen that little clamp before. And an interesting adaptation of a bungi tie. LOL!

I had to tear one apart as it sat too long outside. And we have no place left to put it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-22-2017 07:56 AM

You know Paul,my knee jerk reaction to this was it’s like a master mechanic driving a beater around that never runs right. It feels good to bring the skill home. Great post, and as usual, amazing skill. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture that deserves your attention and skill.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#10 posted 03-22-2017 02:04 PM

As always Paul, you are a Master Craftsman! Most enjoyable post.
The Bootman.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#11 posted 03-22-2017 03:04 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a lot of pictures…. sorry about that.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 03-22-2017 05:08 PM

Nice save of that old dresser—I’m with its new life, it’ll get handed down a few more generations!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 03-27-2017 12:16 PM

Nicely done Paul. Looks better than original.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 12-27-2017 05:26 PM

Nice work Paul, looks like new now. I bought a furniture repair/restoration by and English Restorer. It was fun to read and I learned how to fix some of my woodworking mistakes from it too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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