|Project by Roz||posted 06-03-2012 05:27 AM||1553 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I know….. I know…..this old thing looks like a million others we’ve all seen. This one was laid in my lap by my cousin who gave it to me when they started repairing their shed.
It was covered in old paint which must be the same thing they use on the Space Shuttle because it took over four stripping to get it off along with a lot of scrubbing and sanding. There is still a bit of it that can be seen.
I had to cut off the bottom ¼ inch because of water damage.
I installed blocks and small casters to restore its height and now it is hard to tell that any damage existed.
I find this piece particularly interesting. It seems to have been made at about the time automation was coming into wood working. The drawer joints are machined peg and loop. (What I call it) The sides and bottoms are cut on a circular saw from full width planks. The edges of the drawer bottoms are rabbet and all of this is very rough machined work. The cabinet seems to have been made largely by hand with hand cut joints in many places. The lid and base are attached with sliding dovetails. The handles are hand made and the decorative details on the drawers are as well. It looks like it was built in a time when powered machinery was still uncommon and manual work was relied on heavily. I suspect it was mass produced on a small scale.
There are several layout marks still evident on the piece and the drawers and slots are not all interchangeable, one being slightly smaller than the other two of similar size. The cabinet is made from a very good grade of Walnut with Pine, Poplar and maybe Willow as secondary woods. Drawers are guided by strips of wood . The only hardware in this piece is a few screws and nails.
The finish treatment I used was Minwax special Walnut stain, Lemon oil, and Clear Satin finish lacquer applied with a spray gun.
Thanks for looking. Roz
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."