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Forum topic by Bothus posted 12-03-2009 02:34 AM 1092 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2009 02:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question mahogany refurbishing victorian traditional

Somebody gave me this cabinet because they thought I might want the doors. Which I do, but it’s a shame this piece got left out in the elements for so long. At one point I think it could have been salvaged.

As it is I may use it as a template to make another one like it.

I don’t think it can be salvaged because most of the veneer is separated from the blockboard and most the frame is warped.

I found the name of the manufacturer on the back and by Googling that I found an issue of Fine Furniture from August 1937 that had a photo of it.

There are some slight differences in that this one has a base moulding and the photo shows feet. Also, I don’t see dental mouling in the photo and the lower doors are a little different. But the photo says it is model 443 and this one is marked 369 so maybe this one was an earlier model.

Cool find. I wish I had found it sooner.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 02:58 AM

That’s one nice piece of furniture. A shame it is.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 03:06 AM

Yep, a shame.

I guess a restoration is possible, but there would be very little remaining of the original.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 03:12 AM

What a shame is right. That looked like a beautiful piece at one time. Hopefully you can salvage the doors so it won’t be a complete waste.

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#4 posted 12-03-2009 03:17 AM

That is a shame. I hope my pieces fare better once I’m gone!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 12-03-2009 03:22 AM

You likely can either rebuild or restore this peice, if it is too far gone I am sure starting over and making a replica of the peice would be a lot of fun for any woodworker. It certainly would be a fun project and with some patience could turn out really nice.

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#6 posted 12-03-2009 05:10 AM

What a challenge though! What a labor of love for the wood and the makers of this fine piece if you do restore it.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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