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Forum topic by scottishrose posted 11-19-2009 12:19 AM 3106 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-19-2009 12:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: refinishing marquetry veneer mystery wood box veneering refurbishing finishing sanding question

Back in the 90’s I spent a couple weeks of lunch hours looking for a wooden jewelry box. I finally found what I was looking for at Pottery Barn. It was about 9”x12”x3”, looked to be dark stained oak or some other wood with that type of grain, had a nice insert with lots of dividers. In 2002 I moved to England – or so I thought. I was expecting not to return so I got rid of most of my belongings and many I gave to relatives with the understanding that if I returned they would give them back to me. Well, not everything, but the things I needed and wanted. When I asked my niece for the jewelry box it finally came back with the top completely damaged. She just shrugged her shoulders as if “Oh well” and I was left with a box I couldn’t display or want to use.
The other night I decided to sand it down and refinish it.
The origional wood was very grainy and I thought that by sanding it down I could do a nicer finish.
Big surprise. It looks like the whole thing is made out of some mystery wood and the whole thing is veneered both inside and out.
Could this be for what was a $40 jewelry box? It did have very sharp sides and corners and as I sanded the grain began to disappear on the ends and corners.
Is this a situation that I should remove the origional veneer and do it over? I can’t see any of the seems of the veneer, just that the wood seems to change as I sand. Since I seem to be past the point of no return on the sanding, I thought that I might try doing a bit of marquetry on the top as I just got a great book on the subject. Since I have eased the corners as I have sanded ( I always thought it was too sharp) this presents a problem.
Any suggestions? How to remove the rest – supposing that it is a vaneer? How to deal with the eased corners and how to veneer the edges and insides of the box which have velvet upholstry? Creating a nice piece of art would make it seem like a new box.

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#1 posted 11-19-2009 04:51 AM

New box , or trim the top down & put solid wood edges.

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 12:44 PM

Thanks $tudie,
I cannot afford a new box and this was a good buy at the time. I still cannot figure out if it is veneer. The inside box shows joints. I tought this might be a good chance to try marquetry and make it nicer than before. Anything is better than a ruined finish. Maaybe I’ll just have to get out the old ROS and try to get the corners back again, although that was one of the things I didn’t like about the box, never the less, marquetry arount the edges sounds a bit much for my skill leve.

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