|Forum topic by jfynyson||posted 01-26-2016 04:59 PM||794 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
01-26-2016 04:59 PM
Hello, this is my first post on any woodworking forum and am using it to seek advice on how best to repair this old chest of drawers I got at a yard sale a few years ago. I hope my pics show up. I’m also trying to upload a few short videos of this piece to Youtube which once uploaded I’ll post the link here so you can better see this piece. I believe got it for around $20 or so (not sure). It was sitting in someones front yard and it was a guy’s older mother’s. He guessed it was from the 1920’s or earlier but not sure. Seeking any thoughts on it’s age as well…We wanted it to refurbish a bit for my son’s room. We love the old antique & rustic furniture as we have a log home and of course this piece fits well.
Here’s the piece w/o the top, which was just nailed on and bowed up in the front & back by about 2-3 inches !!! It was insane to look at (I wish I’d taken a pic before I removed the top). It measures 32-5/16” tall x 34-7/8” wide (forgot to measure the depth). It’s pretty level though and is stout from front to back if I push on it but the joints move a lot & sound “crunchy / crumbly” if I push it side to side. This is likely the sound of the mortise/tenon joinery that’s worn.
It’s been sitting in my shop, in my way, & gathering dust for far too long. It had rusted casters that I had to beat, pull, and drill out of the bottoms. There was only one full caster set up that made it so I took a pic for you. I do not wish to have casters in the end anyway.
1st thing is first – The Top
See the remaining bow (it was a ton worse a few days ago before adding snow and clamping)
2nd issue is the leg / framing joinery
See where the top, sides, back, and framing joins to the legs (they are all split)
Finally the drawers
This pic shows the drawers are leveled and keep the reveal (I believe) using these metal tabs that I assume are nailed in ? How do I remove these so they do not continue to wear out the drawer bottoms ? Then what do I replace them w/ ? Waxed hardwood tabs glued on ? Also see the worn our drawer glide / runner that I’ll need to replace. Some are in great shape while others are falling apart.
See where the metal tabs have worn holes in the drawer bottoms
What else can I do to the top or do you feel it’s close enough for screws to now be able to pull it down the rest of the way (screw up into the bottom side of the top piece from the bracing) ? I’m not worried about the bit of cupping that remains in the middle of each top piece board.
It looks like all oak to me but I’m not good at guessing wood types yet. Let me know your thoughts here…
What time period would you place it in ? I did not see any markings on it but I’ve not looked for any very closely yet either.
Thanks in advance for any input, I’ll post the videos once available !
Here’s the Youtube video as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jl2NXAB_Bg