Antique Dentist Cabinet Reborn

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Forum topic by swirlsandburls posted 06-30-2018 10:05 PM 789 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2018 10:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: refurbishing finishing mahogany

Hi all! Haven’t posted in a very long time. I have moved from doing just artwork to an almost full-time furniture repair and refinishing business. Here is an old dentist cabinet (before and after pics) that had severe water damage. Not only was the finish roached, it was mildewed, had badly warped doors, and rotted feet. I totally rebuilt the base and managed to save all the mahogany veneer. Had to replace a couple of glass knobs, but the rest were restored to their original beauty. Huge project, it involved a complete disassembly down to the carcass for repair, a complete de-mold and mildew treatment, and a refinishing of all the drawers and carcass. Not to mention the new doors that had to be veneered using the old veneer and polishing the travartine marble base

Hope you enjoy it.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 06-30-2018 10:09 PM

A lot of work and a very good job sir.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 06-30-2018 10:36 PM

That is impressive, a huge amount of work.

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#3 posted 06-30-2018 11:58 PM

wow, nice job, boy howdy, so how much time you figure you have in it, be generous now.

nice job, one to be proud of for sure

thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 07-01-2018 12:06 AM

Hard to believe you made it look as good as new, maybe better.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 07-01-2018 12:09 AM

That is one beautiful restoration. Great job

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#6 posted 07-01-2018 12:10 AM

Wow! What an awesome restoration! It’s nice to see that old relics saved. Really well done!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 07-01-2018 12:16 AM

That’s not been reborn. That’s been resurrected! Outstanding work!

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#8 posted 07-01-2018 12:20 AM

Very impressive restoration job on an interesting cabinet.

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#9 posted 07-01-2018 02:55 AM

Well done! Resurrection is a better description than restoration.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#10 posted 07-01-2018 09:14 AM

Beautiful work!

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#11 posted 07-01-2018 10:47 AM

Man that’s a good looking cabinet now. Very good job on that project

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#12 posted 07-01-2018 02:07 PM

Wow! A real fine restoration, you done good!

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#13 posted 07-01-2018 04:18 PM

Hi RJ. I figure I had 150 hours in it. There was a lot more work that I didn’t mention or show in the pics.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#14 posted 07-01-2018 04:20 PM

Absolutely wonderful.

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#15 posted 07-01-2018 04:42 PM

Great Job! I don’t think I’d have the patients to do that.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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