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Project by BusterB posted 01-22-2013 02:14 AM 1420 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been doing a lot of shop projects lately so thought it would be cool to work on something else for a change. Was asked to attempt to repair a antique cedar chest for my sister-in-law and said “sure, no problem”. After she had dropped it off (while I wasnt home naturally), I saw that I was in for more than a simple little project. It seems that her ex-husband had taken a hammer to it…repeatedly. The top and a good portion of the front panel were splintered and had to be removed. There was some detail work along the bottom that I knew with my limited skills I would have no chance of duplicating close enough for it to look right. Luckily I was able to save part of the front panel by cutting out the damaged pieces. The corner profiles were also a challenge but after alot of mumbling I have them close enough that someone would have to look “too closely” to notice the slight difference. Recieved some great advice from my Scottish working bud Jamie on repairing antiques and some great ideas from Monte on finishing cedar than I will try out when it gets warmer. Thanks for the input guys.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 02:45 AM

Nice job on this piece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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BusterB

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 02:55 AM

Thanks Monte… When it warms up enough for the finish to actually have a chance to dry…gonna try some of your suggestions on finishing cedar…if I cant get the original finish off that is…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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patron

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 08:15 AM

looks brand new buster

you have done a great job on this

that is a real cute sander
you got there

might want to see about a random orbit DA

world of difference

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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bluekingfisher

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 08:35 AM

Very gallant of you Buster to take this on, antiques can be very tricky to work with, sometimes despite best efforts and attempts at repair can often lessen the value of a ture antique. However, there are some very talented guys on here and I’m sure you have put their advice into practice.

It certianly looks as though you have done sterling work so far, I think you are right, wait till the weather improves, applying a finish worthy of the peice should not be a rushed job.

Once finished be sure to post and let us know how you got on, every confidence in you pal.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 08:49 AM

Just re-read your post. What did he take a hammer to it for? Should be illegal for abuse of wood! :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 01-22-2013 09:48 AM

Wow Buster!
That was a lot more than a restoration
Looks like you came out on top though
What a challenge,thankfully I’ve not had a
repair job like that, furniture that has dropped
is a lot easier as it is normally joints and splits.
Great restore, I hope she appreciates it.
Jamie
Snowed in, in Scotland

-- 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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BusterB

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#7 posted 01-22-2013 09:36 PM

Thanks David….Got one of those random orbital sanders on my gotta get list…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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BusterB

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#8 posted 01-22-2013 09:37 PM

Thanks david….Using your recent experience with cold weather project finishing as a guide….lol.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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BusterB

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#9 posted 01-22-2013 09:40 PM

I agree Monte…. there is no telling how old this chest is. Judging by the hardware I am guessing 30 or 40’s but thats a guess on my part. The work the original builder put into the piece was obvious and to be reduced to kinding while having a temper tantrum…a true shame.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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BusterB

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#10 posted 01-22-2013 09:41 PM

Me too Jamie…me too. And considering that I am working for free….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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whitebeast88

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#11 posted 01-24-2013 12:57 AM

great job on the restoration,it turned out nice.

now are you back to doing shop projects?if your caught up you can come help me.i think i’ve got enough to do to keep me busy for 5 years!!!

be sure to show us after you’ve finished it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 01-24-2013 08:14 PM

You area savior to your sister in law.. Beautify restoration

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BusterB

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#13 posted 01-25-2013 06:05 PM

thanks Marty. I am balancing the need to finish getting the rest of the old varnish off the chest with a urge I having to try out a frenc cleat project I have in mind….or maybe work on that miter sled….choices choices choices.
lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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BusterB

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#14 posted 01-25-2013 06:07 PM

Thanks Jim…. since she is “family” I had to give it a try…lol. still hold a grudge against her and her mom-n-dad. They should have run me off 28 years ago…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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