|Project by mcoyfrog||posted 11-03-2014 08:09 PM||1302 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
So my daughter-in-law called me in a panic one night her china cupboard that her grandpa made had been ruined by water damage from a casserole pan sitting on it. She was hoping I could fix it for her. We talked then the next day after work I stopped by and looked at it and said I would do my best.
Well before I got it to my shop the next weekend she had talked with her mom about it and found out that her grandpa never made it but just did some restoring on it. Turns out its been in her family since late 1800’s or early 1900’s. WOW that scared me. I told her if I did any work on it the value would most likely go down since I really didn’t know how to do any real antique work. She wasn’t worried about that just sentimental value to her and the family.
Further research showed that in the 1970’s when grandpa did some work, it consisted of stripping off the dark stain and replacing the back on the top part of the cupboard (not shown). After I realized this I wasn’t as worried about value because it had already been worked on before me. The original back was the 1/4” solid wood with a lap technique and grandpa replaced with 1/4 plywood.
Anyway I got to it, using a stripper from the local wal-mart (no not that kind get your mind out of the gutter) I got the layer of clear off and thats what it looked like in the first picture. Then some bleaching, steaming and sanding got me to the next couple of pic’s. I just did the top i had no need to mess with anything else.
Just gave it back to her yesterday and she was happy so I guess its all worth it.
Let me know what you think, I’m sure amazed at how well the steaming worked.
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