Restoration - an Old Sideboard / WorkBench

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-17-2012 07:42 AM 2178 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a unique restoration – not a super valuable piece but it arrived cover in oil, grime, layers of old paint (including milk paint) and was pretty much falling apart.

Typical of many pieces of this nature it was used as a work bench for a generation or so out in our client’s relatives barn. I’m still not 100% sure what kind of wood this is – probably a pine of some sort. Either way it turned out really nice in the end. May be an old sugar pine, little grain and soft. Aged patina deep yellow.

We stripped, scraped, and sanded to get that old paint off. Soaked it in degreaser and brake cleaner to get the oil stains out, lots of scrubbing.

The piece was broken down to sticks and reassembled fresh adhesives, new screws, fixed and/or replaced hinges. This piece was ready for the next generation – back in the dining room or kitchen again instead of the barn!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 08:26 AM

Boy that was rough ,it looks a lot better.

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 11:38 AM

Really a great save. Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 02:28 PM

From those before pictures I wouldn’t thought it possible to save. That was a major undertaking. I hope the family was happy with your work. Restored while retaining it’s history. That piece looks like it has a story to tell.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 05:25 PM

I always like cleaning up pieces like this the before/after is drastic! Yes – the client was very happy with it. We did an estate and several other pieces for them.


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 05:18 AM

Shame on whoever put a piece like this in a barn. Points to you for putting it back in its rightful place.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 07:03 AM

We get them out of this condition all the time, barns, basements, attics, garages, etc. Sometimes outside … it’s amazing how things just get put aside. I love to find the stuff – it’s a shame but is just so cool to bring it back when nobody else things you can!

I’ll post some more of these type of projects ASAP!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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