Lane cedar chest gets a new (3rd?) life!

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Project by Roger Myers posted 08-18-2014 02:44 PM 934 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Lane cedar chest built in 1954, originally in oak veneer, was painted by my client some 20 or 25 years ago in a red over green crackle paint that was in fashion at the time. He recently asked what,if anything, I could do to the chest that might save it, as it was originally his mothers. The original oak veneer had some significant damage so we went a slightly different route and gave it a 1920’s art deco look which fits in perfectly with many of the collectable posters in this clients home.

The exterior is now Macassar Ebony with Karelian Birch Burl accent panels and solid Macassar trim. The drawer and drawer guides were completely rebuilt, saving the original drawer sides with the Lane label. The base was redesigned to better suit the piece, and the latch ( a significant safety issue exists with original Lane latches) was eliminated.

The pictures include four images of the finished piece, an image of how it looked when I received it, and an image of a January 1955 magazine ad for the chest (in the bottom row of the ad). The magazine was located and presented to the client with the finished piece.

A few more pictures and a bit more of a write up are on my website.


-- Roger Myers StrathamWood Studios LLC

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 06:43 PM

Great restore

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 06:56 PM


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