Cabinet restore

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Project by Paul22 posted 04-17-2015 10:28 PM 616 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We found this cabinet on craigslist and loved the carvings. When I saw it person though, it was in pretty bad shape. The joints were all loose and the panels in the panel and frame construction had all shrunk so much that there were gaps. And the finish was also in bad shape. I almost didn’t buy it, but the carvings put me over the edge.

What to do the fix it up? First, I thought I would just replace the panels, but decided it might be too difficult to match the wood. So finally, I ended up taking it completely apart and cutting the frame to fit the existing panels. And I stripped and re-finished it. A much bigger job than I bargained for.

Here’s the result.

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 11:05 PM

well worth it – good eye and good job

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 04-18-2015 09:38 PM

Thanks Greg.

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#3 posted 04-19-2015 09:08 AM

Labor of love, Paul. Do you have any before pics? Or close ups of the carvings or hinges? Are those original saw marks on the door panels? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 04-19-2015 09:28 PM

Candy, I didn’t take a before picture. I should have. I didn’t do anything to the panels other than to re-finish. I will take some close up photos of the carvings and hinges and add them.

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