Yard sale Country Victorian Dresser

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Project by Roz posted 09-01-2011 06:13 PM 2284 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this project several years ago (around 1988) when I had only just started trying my hand at woodworking. I bought this old chest for twenty five dollars and I got the 6 layers of paint at no additional charge!

After stripping I found that Bondo had been used to fill a large area of missing veneer on the front of one drawer. I removed the patch and made a semi successful attempt at veneering. Looking at the results it is clear that I had a lot to learn. No doubt I still do, but the chest looks presentable and has served us well for over 20 years, surviving many moves.

Although I did not do a first quality job, I did make an attempt and from that effort I learned and improved. On occasion it is nice to look at it and reflect on just how much I have learned. Much of that knowledge gained from LJ’s and their postings. My woodworking journey has been as much fun as the eventual destination.

Thanks for looking.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 07:08 PM

Nice work. They sure don’t make them like this any more. There are a lot of design features build in to this dresser that today you could only find on expensive furniture. Unless you buy a peice made of a material that is not wood.

The beading on the skirt of the dresser is really nice and the shape given to the two top drawers really makes the dresser.

It must have been difficult to remove all the paint and still keep the small detail intact. Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Anthony

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 07:23 PM

That was a good save on a beautiful piece of furniture. I’m glad you preserved it… it would have been a shame had it ended up in the junkpile.

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

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 07:53 PM

You have a sharp eye Woodzy! I agree with your assessment.

I got that chest late on a Saturday afternoon Charlie. The fellow selling it was loading up everything that was left and heading to the dump.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 04:54 AM

What a great launching pad Roz for your wood skills, this is a lovely traditional piece of furniture & was wellworth the time spent, :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Bob Kollman

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 07:26 AM

Nice restore job Roz, I think the old wood looks beautiful.

It goes well in the room.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 03:18 PM

Thank you guys, I think my wife has an eye for decorating.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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