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Project by sugarpine posted 657 days ago 946 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This secretary desk came to me with severe damage to the top. The curved molding was in a bag along with hundreds of pieces of the scroll work. The original scroll work was 3/8 inch thick. The first step was to thickness sand a panel of 3/8 baltic birch plywood to the appropriate thickness to prepare for gluing mahogany veneer to each side. Fortunately I had enough pieces of the broken scroll work to replicate about 80% of the pattern. The remainder was drawn in freehand. After the pierced scrolling was completed it was installed in a groove along the top and glued to the back of the curved molding.

-- sugarpine





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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 657 days ago

Excellent job! I love the restoration. I did a similar restoration of an old sideboard not long ago, but did not have to recreate the scrolling as you have. Very well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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AJswoodshop

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#2 posted 657 days ago

Very nice job! A few years ago I repaired my Mom’s china cabinet, again, nice work!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 657 days ago

Great save

It is also a very nice design.

Do you have a picture of the full

unit finished?

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Surfside

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#4 posted 657 days ago

Wow! It’s a mix of quality scroll working and a great restoration!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Gshepherd

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#5 posted 657 days ago

Great Save, be nice to see the whole Desk, hint hint…

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Sodabowski

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#6 posted 657 days ago

All has been said! I love the design, thanks for sharing > adds to bucket <

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Woodbridge

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#7 posted 657 days ago

great restoration. the scroll work looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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MonteCristo

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#8 posted 657 days ago

Nice fix. I guess using plywood and veneer gets around short grain issues with solid wood . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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