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Forum topic by thelt posted 02-08-2010 08:30 PM 2792 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2010 08:30 PM

The cabinet and Singer sewing machine, (the sewing machine works as far as I can tell, I don’t sew) were given to me. The cabinet was in rough shape to say the least. The only solid wood in the whole thing were the legs and the front panel. Everything else was particle board (MDF), veneered on outside with what appears to be something like formica, but not quite. The MDF was beat up, scratched, chipped and in one place the burn mark from an iron was apparent. I sanded the legs and front panel down to bare wood and refinished with Minwax “Old Maple”.

I replaced the MDF sides and back with some pieces of 1X12 Pine I had laying about. The side and back panels come out with four screws each, so if you know of a better, inexpensive wood to use. I’ll try it. I sealed the pine with Minwax sealer for soft wood and put the same “Old Maple” finish on the pine panels. As you can see from the picture, the original wood looks good, but the pine looks like crap. Both sides are about the same. The back piece of pine was real clear and it didn’t splotch but is a lighter shade than the legs. Even after a third coat to the back panel.

I’ve still got to do the two top pieces (one folds out to make a working table) and the fold out piece where the sewing machine sits. I’ll get more pictures of that later. I am going to try to find an inexpensive piece of wood that will come close to matching the original wood in the legs and front panel. If anybody has any ideas, I would sure like to hear ‘em. You may notice in the picture what looks like a run in the finish on the front panel. Actually it isn’t. It is a very deep scar or in the wood that I could not sand out. It was much worse when I started than it appears now.

I welcome any and all ideas and help.


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#1 posted 02-08-2010 10:22 PM

Nice job Frank! I showed my wife because she is very into sewing and she said it was a work of art but was more interested in the machine itself, LOL
Good job.

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 10:46 PM

It looks ok to me but it´s hard to see in this little picture
and for the singer there shuoldn´t be to much troubleshooting
before it´s runs smoothly again proppely just an overhual and little
adjustment in the noble part of the mashine and a sqezee of sewing oil the right place
(that´s what I do when my mother call for help and it still runs after 50 years)


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#3 posted 02-08-2010 10:49 PM

Looking good good work.

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 07:07 PM

It don’t look bad, bad. It’s just I was hoping for a littler better than this. Thanks for the nice comments guys. Sandhill, I’ll get the model # of the sewing machine and send it to you. I really don’t know how old it is.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 03:39 PM

I am seeking the model number of that machine also, sir. It is like one that my mother had and it has since gotten lost. I remember how impressive the build quality of the machine was…things aren’t made like that anymore. I thank you kindly for you time.

Columbus, GA

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