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Project by Mark Davisson posted 02-07-2013 at 07:04 PM 863 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I didn’t make this dresser, I rescued it.

My wife and I inherited a farm that has been in her family for 160 years. I had known this piece was in the attic for a long time but had never bothered to look it over. After moving our bedroom to the newly-remodeled upstairs last month and finding we needed more drawer space, I remembered this thing and decided to pull it out. Turns out it belonged to my wife’s great, great uncle (who built the house around 1880) and has probably not seen the light of day (literally) for close to 60 years. And I found the mirror in another part of the attic. They are back together and back in service.

As you might imagine, the finish is hurting. It’s like the thing has been in the kiln for 60 years. I have treated everything with Waterlox Original and probably have several more applications to go.

The older I get, these types of things mean more and more to me. I thought if anyone might understand, it would be you guys.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!





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USAFPOL

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 at 08:26 PM

Glad it’s back in use and serving a purpose! Got to love that ole American craftsmanship that went into furniture back in the day! Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 at 11:43 PM

Totally understand. Beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 at 04:17 AM

Nice to see that even if the name of a craftsman isn’t there anymore his amazing work still stands. Very nice job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 at 04:41 AM

I understand it very well. It’s just a little older than me!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 at 04:48 AM

The dresser thanks you!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 at 07:53 AM

Well, it sure is a beautiful old antique.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 02-08-2013 at 09:05 AM

If the original finish is shellac, you could try using cotton cleanser to soften it a little, let dry, rub out, then apply new shellac to the massaged original patina. Takes a bit to develop a feel for it, but great results!
Absolutely gorgeous dresser btw.

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Bruce Taylor

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#8 posted 02-08-2013 at 09:11 AM

Mark, I’m working the same side of the street. I have a fully equipped shop but not the knowledge of how to use all the equipment and actually build stuff. So, I have been taking old family pieces like you (or finding ‘throwaways’ on Craig’s List) and restoring them. Depending on the amount of restoration needed, I am slowly learning to use a lot of my equipment and am finally enjoying my shop.
Nice job on your piece – I’m sure it has motivated you to do more.

-- Captain Bruce, Washington State

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#9 posted 02-08-2013 at 12:12 PM

Looks super smooth! I am amazed.

www.bandsawparts.com

-- "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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Mark Davisson

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#10 posted 02-08-2013 at 12:35 PM

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Surf, I took the picture from a distance so I could fit the whole thing in, not to keep flaws from being seen. But they are there. The Waterlox is doing an amazing job, though. It also required some candle wax on the slides and a couple of new screws to hold the drawer pulls.

I’m sure it’s my imagination, but I keep thinking I hear “thank you, thank you” coming from that side of the room.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#11 posted 02-09-2013 at 02:50 PM

Believe me, I understand. Good for you. I’ve done several hundred projects, but the hardest always seemed to be refurbishing something old…already built. Keep dong what you do. I think you know what’s important.

-- Cats, beer and wood...perfect.

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