Oak Dresser Restoration #2: Finished at last!

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Blog entry by Mark D. posted 04-06-2011 02:33 AM 6943 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So after spending 820 days working 26 hours a day, 8 days a week on restoring this dresser it’s finally DONE! Ok, so it certainly was not a priority project and got very sporadic time devoted to it over the last 2 years but what a chore it was… I think it’s far easier to build something from scratch than to restore an older piece. As you can see from the first couple of pictures, there is a slight cup in the top which wasn’t able to be straightened out and you can see a visible gap if you get down on your knees but it’s structurally sound and you can’t tell when standing…

The finish is “Early American” by Minwax per the suggestion of another user and I really think it turned out great, the pictures make it appear slightly more red than it is in person. The stripping process to remove the original finish took longer than any other part of this project and is certainly not a task I’d like to have to do again. It was a learning experience for sure, I even made some custom scrapers for the mouldings using steel strapping I saved from the crate my table saw came in…

If you read the original blog entry showing the before, you’ll notice I replaced the wooden knobs that looked out of place on it with some smaller aged brass pulls with porcelain inserts.

One of my favorite things about old furniture is the patina showing the signs of a century of use… and this piece certainly has no shortage of it :-)

Overall I think it came out good, I would have liked to do a little more of an authentic restoration on it, but in the end, I finally decided it was time to just finish it and put it in use.

Here are some additional pictures:

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#1 posted 04-06-2011 04:09 AM


That’s a real labor of love! It turned out splendid. You’ll enjoy it for many, many years.


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#2 posted 04-06-2011 10:39 AM

Very nice job! I’m stripping a much smaller piece, and just planning on painting it, and it’s still a lot of work, so I can empathize with you. Thanks for sharing!

-- Robb

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