Dresser remodel / redo

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Project by angelis posted 09-21-2007 06:16 PM 3324 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The dresser belonged to my grandmother and was passed down to my sister when she passed and now was given to my daughter wen she was born 9 months ago. It was made fairly sturdy (even dovetail drawers) and due to the history we felt it was worth fixing up.

The dresser is part refinish part redo. The whole piece was a brown color (see foot picture) with brass hardware, not quite our style. .The drawers sides and front were stripped of the finish, sanded and oiled. Luckily when I sanded it I found there was a cherry veneer with great grain underneath(drawer fronts and sides) much different than the finish that was on it. Some of the areas were poplar though. The top had to be replaced, some 40/50’s plastic laminate creation, and the feet did not fit our style.

The top is 8/4 cherry and the legs are cherry stained poplar to match what was existing. It isn’t perfect but I am pleased with the work.

Now I have to wait for the new cherry top to darken and match the veneer which is 50-60 years old.

Comments / Suggesting are welcome.

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#1 posted 09-21-2007 07:36 PM

Good save! I like it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-22-2007 09:21 AM

Saving and restoring an antique piece of furniture is so rewarding, especially when there is some personal attachment to it. Very good job. You will probably only have to wait another 59 years for that top to match perfectly :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 09-22-2007 04:57 PM

Beautiful! Glad to see it saved. Lots of fine furniture gets tossed that could have real value. I think you did a great job.

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#4 posted 09-23-2007 03:05 AM

Great work. That’s a beautiful dresser that will last for more generations to come, now.

-- Robb

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