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Bookcases Restoration

I was given two bookcases to restore.
They are handmade bookcases not factory made and they are made from veneered particle board.

They both where in very bad shape – legs missing – broken shelves – and the worst someone varnished over the original coating without even sanding, so the varnish was pilling off and he glued some pieces in a way that made dismantling them impossible.

I made a mortise leg – replace some broken hidden pieces – glue and screw to make them sturdy again – scrape the old varnish off and sand everything down to the veneer and gave them a few coats of polyurethane varnish.

The result was quite good considering how fragile they where.

Thanks for watching and commenting
Stelios Stavrinides
AKA Steliart

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --





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JohnNIC

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#1 posted 372 days ago

I have one small bookcase that needs my attention too.
Nice work you did on them Stelios, they look very decent now.

-- John - Woodworkers Drill IT deeper

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#2 posted 372 days ago

Great job Stelios, you took your time in the restoration and it really shows. I would be proud to have them in my home even if they are retro looking….. ha ha. Take care and looking forward to more.

Drew
RHWoodshop

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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steliart

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#3 posted 372 days ago

JohnNIC, Drew0
Thank you guys

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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kiefer

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#4 posted 372 days ago

Stelios
They look like new .
Great job restoring and keeping them alive !

-- Kiefer 松

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steliart

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#5 posted 372 days ago

Thanks kiefer
Actually I did had to cheat in way. Some veneer pieces where missing, and because I had no way getting anything close to it, I remove few pieces from hidden areas to fix at least the front look.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 372 days ago

Oh yeah, it’s always fun trying to fix what someone else already made a mess of! LOL

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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steliart

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#7 posted 372 days ago

joein10asee
I can’t tell how old they are but the guy how build them had a funny idea of woodworking.
Under the drawers there’s a long one that when puled out has a top the lifts upwards. Now that’s a nice feature, but the hole drawer is not supported when puled and was hanging at an angle lol

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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vanzemaljac

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#8 posted 372 days ago

A great job, well done …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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steliart

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#9 posted 372 days ago

vanzemaljac
Thanks man

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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aussiedave

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#10 posted 372 days ago

You did an excellent restoration job, made them look like new again…

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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steliart

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#11 posted 372 days ago

aussiedave thanks for visiting and commenting

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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JohnNIC

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#12 posted 372 days ago

Stelious is that a gloss varnish?

-- John - Woodworkers Drill IT deeper

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steliart

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#13 posted 372 days ago

Yes it is John

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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JohnNIC

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#14 posted 372 days ago

Sorry to be asking again, but was there any reason you choose gloss. Just trying to decide what to use on mine :)

-- John - Woodworkers Drill IT deeper

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steliart

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#15 posted 372 days ago

The only reason was to make them look more fresh and give a striking different look from what they look before. If the customer likes them, he has two more and maybe he will ask to restore those also.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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