Antique Sideboard Makeover

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Project by summerfi posted 01-01-2014 08:16 PM 1249 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sideboard, buffet, chest, or whatever you wish to call it, belonged to my wife’s grandmother. Even in it’s best of days it was not a quality piece of furniture, being made of plain maple and poplar, and originally having a fake painted-on oak grain finish. When my wife acquired it, it was covered in several layers of various colored paint. Still, it has a nice design and some good family history, so I decided to see what I could do with it. After stripping it down and sanding it, I veneered the entire piece in contrasting figured maple and walnut veneer. Most people would never know it is not solid wood. The original doors were in poor shape, so I made new ones with a solid figured maple frame and walnut burl veneer panel. Now, I think it is a very attractive piece, and we get a lot of favorable comments on it.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#1 posted 01-01-2014 08:23 PM

Bob, you did a great refinishing job on this piece, its beautiful. No wonder you get favorable comments on it.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 08:51 PM

beautiful save Bob.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 12:34 AM

That is one fine finish job to be proud of; MAGNIFICANT. And also a superb job on constructing new replacement doors.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 01:33 AM

wow, you have done a great job transforming this cabinet. Your veneer works looks great. How did you attach the veneer?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 03:59 AM


You certainly put a lot of work into that beauty! It will be enjoyed for many more years.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 07:35 AM

That’s pretty cool.
Would be great to see a “before” picture….................

-- mike...............

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