|Project by robscastle||posted 11-01-2013 09:09 AM||721 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a story about a cupboard that was in the family for a few generations.
It is owned by a lady by the name of Cathy.
The cupboard was originally her Grandmothers.
Cathy thought she had arranged for it to be stored for safe keeping however she was devastated when it was returned almost bleached white and the base broken off some time later.
I was asked to restore it for her, its not something I would usually do but after seeing it I felt for the lady and accepted the job.
It took me three days part time to get it back to the condition you see now.
How I did it:
The base and bun feet were completely removed, the damaged section of timber had the damaged section sawn off.
A new piece of timber was added to the back and it was reversed, re profiled and reattached.
The frame and drawers were sanded with 180 and 320 grit to remove the bleaching and return it to some resemblance of cedar.
I am not sure what the top and sides were but the frame had been edged with cedar.
It all cleaned up very well.
I then re stained everything with cedar stain.
Mixed up a batch of shellac and next day set to work
I then commenced applying shellac hoping to return it to its former glory.
However after the first coat I regretted doing the job as it looked dreadful (see picture 3) and I thought I was possibly going to get neutered as a result.
But after 3 or 4 coats of shellac it looked really good and I breathed a sigh of relief !!
I French polished sanded with 0000 steel wool and re polished it to an extent there was no discernible change.
I initially polished the brass locks and key entry but Cathy did not want it to look new so only the one as done.
-- Regards Robert