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Project by maricamp posted 02-06-2011 02:48 AM 2529 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a model of “Hoosier” sold by Montgomery Wards in the 30s.
It is larger than typical, this one is 5’ wide and most run 4’ or less.
Since it is poplar, we are going to repaint it, in colors simular to a picture of another MW hoosier we found on the internet. We are attempting to salvage the original hardware but its pitted pretty bad, so we will see how it comes out.
Overall this is in very good condition considering its age. It has never been repainted, the doors are apart due to the plywood panels buckling, but we will be inserting some sort of textured glass anyway, and other than a few bits to tighten and reglue, most of the work will be sanding and repainting.
Thanks for looking, I’m so excited about this project, I’ve wanted a hoosier for a long time. It will be my sewing center. (This was my 36th anniversary present…....does my husband know me or what??!!) Marilyn

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 03:20 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Marilyn and this looks like a fabulous project to jump into. This will beautiful once completed.
I will be watching your progress as you go along.

BTW, Andy is one of my “mentors” as a master boxmaker. As you well know, he does fantastic work and has a wonderful sense for design and details! We missed seeing you on our last trip up through Oregon, maybe next time.

Don’t let Andy do any “sculpting” on this baby!!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 03:36 AM

Looks like a challenging project – good luck!

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 05:18 AM

Good find. Best of luck in the restoration. Keep us posted. I have two in storage just waiting for some attention.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 05:52 AM

Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

And welcome aboard.
Thanks for sharing your talent.

By the way, Andy’s boxes are the living end.

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 06:03 AM

Welcome Marilyn. That´s a large work indeed. Seems Andy wants to keep you busy, lol ;)

If I were you, I would leave the Hoosier as it is, and wait for Andy finish it for you .

Hey Andy, with friends like this you need no enemies, right?

Marilyn, there is nothing more rewarding than awarding yourself with your legitime genuine and longtime awaited hoosier.

Now seriously for a minute, I haven´t make up my mind yet regarding restoration. One of the beauties of such cabinet is the aging of the painting and hardware. As the skin and pearl necklace of an elegant 80 yesar old woman. Now indeed one would need that drawers, doors, etc, operate correctly, and don´t fall appart. So is quite difficult to find the exact point. Anyway, nice challenge ahead.

Take care both.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 06:10 AM

Sorry I forgot to ask,

what is the countertop made of?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 02-06-2011 06:56 AM

Thanks, all, for the encouragement!
@ferandoindia, the top is enamal over metal. I completely agree with you on the “aged” look…...but we compromised with a makeover with vintage colors. I’m so thrilled with it, I’m ok with the compromise!

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#8 posted 02-06-2011 07:02 AM

Oh, and @majeagle1 and woodwrecker: it has been so much fun to watch Andy develope his idea’s and turn them into beautiful boxes! Recently I happened to see a piece of furniture he made about 30 years ago, it was so cool to see how much he’s progressed! However, to be fair back then he had a few bench top tools in a corner of the basement.
I hope all of you enjoy your craft as much as he does!

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#9 posted 02-06-2011 12:22 PM

As it is not a familiar term over here in the UK, I had to look it up – at

An interesting project – should be quite a talking point when completed.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#10 posted 02-06-2011 02:12 PM

Welcome – keep us posted and I am sure you will do a nice job with the restoration. Just love it when folks repurpose or refurbish items. Good luck with it.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#11 posted 02-06-2011 04:22 PM

Welcome to LJ Marilyn.
This is going to be a nice piece when you get it finished, I hope you will let me help a little :-)
... see you in the shop,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 02-06-2011 07:36 PM

Definitely a worthwhile project. We have one and its used everyday-one of our favorite peices. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 02-06-2011 09:03 PM

First of all, congratulations to you and Andy for 36 years…quite a feat in itself. Also, welcome to to LJ
Marilyn. It appears that you have that same imagination and artistry that Andy has. This looks like a great project and I am anxious to see what you do with it.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#14 posted 02-07-2011 02:17 AM

That is gonna be a big project for a first. I can’t wait to see it done. Good luck! ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 02-08-2011 08:52 AM

Sweet deal! It’s good to have you on LJ’s Marilyn. I look forward to seeing the progress and hope you keep us posted.
On a side note, Andy has been a mentor and inspiration to many of us here. Now we have the fortune of twice as many projects coming from your household. Again, great to have you here and look forward to this and future projects.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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