Hoosier Cabinet Refurbish #2: Quick update

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Blog entry by Philip "Pip" Storm posted 03-19-2013 09:56 PM 2737 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a quick update to let you know where I’m at. Rough sanding is done and so are most repairs and modifications. Some finer sanding and a back for the top then it’s painting time.

I also wanted to share the modification I did to the “roll up door”. Here is a pic of the original track.

This setup seemed kind of chincy. The door rolled up upon itself which, to me, seemed like it could lead to binding. Not only that, I was afraid the slats would rub the finish off each other.

Here is what I changed it to. Something comparably to a roll top desk’s track. I think this would operate more smoothly.

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 12:56 PM

Been there an done that…alot of work…made the same mods on my rollup….getting off that baked on enamel was tough…dry scraped most of it….lookin good


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#2 posted 03-21-2013 01:10 AM

please explain why this is known as a “Hoosier Cabinet”
Ron in Hobart, Tasmania

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#3 posted 03-21-2013 05:02 PM

A company from Indianna called the “Hoosier Manufacturing Company” made a cabinet for kitchens in 20th century.
Other companies made similar style cabinets, the nickname “Hoosier Cabinet” is one that antique buyers in North America understand.
Your restoration will look great when its done.
The original roll up door was used to give the cabinet more space. Your style will need “false back” or shelf that no longer go to back of cabinet. Years ago furniture was built for function…..utilizing space was important.

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