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Project by Andrew Betschman posted 752 days ago 1742 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Client wanted his roll top desk repaired. Not easy, but it was a great project to do. The desk is from oak. I made new side panels ans try to match them color wise. I had to custom make a strike plate out of brass. I was going to do videos like furniture to go guys ( Joe L’Erario and Ed Feldman) see how many of you remember that old show.Thanks for looking.

-- Andrew, Ohio http://andrewmbetschman.com/





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Martyroc

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#1 posted 752 days ago

Hi Andrew the repair came out great. I remember the show, horsehair productions, one of my favorites :-)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 752 days ago

Andrew… Beautiful job!

This is the Top…
... I guess the tambour was in good shape…
... Looks great!

Are you going to do the Bottom now?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 752 days ago

Congratulations on a fine repair Andrew!

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Moron

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#4 posted 752 days ago

what happened ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#5 posted 752 days ago

I’ld be pissed off if that was my desk.

the finish doesn’t match for one, and the “filler” along the glue line where veneer meets 1/4rd oak at the new lock, ahhhh,……..mmmmmm….. not sure but , poor at best.

Cheers

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#6 posted 752 days ago

i might add, that over all, a vast improvement and in time, the colours will blend better, but that filler should have been matched with real veneer even if it means you do that for free……….never put an error near something brass and shiny like a new lock.

if your customer is happy, then maybe in the name of profit, “who cares”……..but as a signature,

its your name

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Andrew Betschman

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#7 posted 751 days ago

The piece was in a barn with a bad roof over it. The desk was sold at an auction. The client approves the changes before the glue up. I could not save the old panels, were rotten. The top was fixed before the piece came to me. So I figure I’m the second to go and fix it.

-- Andrew, Ohio http://andrewmbetschman.com/

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Rick M.

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#8 posted 751 days ago

Should have done a before/after pic, always nice to see the transformation.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Andrew Betschman

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#9 posted 750 days ago

The first two are before pictures. The last four are after pictures.

-- Andrew, Ohio http://andrewmbetschman.com/

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Moron

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#10 posted 750 days ago

its hard to make to a buck at this trade

and its humbling to the end

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Andrew Betschman

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#11 posted 742 days ago

it is indeed.

-- Andrew, Ohio http://andrewmbetschman.com/

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