There are lots of furniture items about which end up in a street clean up.
I saw a blue painted set of drawers which appeared on vacant block near me some time ago, I didn’t take much notice of it but just watched it.
It didn’t move for a couple of days so I went over and checked it out, when I opened a drawer I saw it was assembled using blind dovetails in it so I decided to bring it home.
Once I got it back home and had a good look at it was worthwhile sanding the paint off.
So I set to work,
About 2 hours later this was the result.
There were a few handles missing but it scrubbed up reasonably well
I don’t know what the timber is but its possibly a pine specis.
This is a shot of the dovetails I saw that encouraged me to recover it and see what it was
I missed taking a good before picture mainly because it didn’t think it was something to report on.
But I left the back panel in its original found condition, the photo is a bit dark, but you may possibly see how it was.
Here is a shot of the top.
All that was required to return it to the condition seen in the photos was a 1/2 sheet sander, a screwdriver to remove the handles and a scraper to clean out the profile sections.
A rare effort I would think some paint jobs are just too much work.
This was what I would call a gem of a find, and doesn’t happen often, as most furniture that gets disposed off is usually only Particle board based or MDF.
So there you go sometimes there is not a lot of work required to recover wood back to its original condition but I guess its the exception in this case.
Next I will show the process in breaking down some timber shelving we removed from a house reno and the steps I took to return the timber back to useable stock.
-- Regards Robert