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willie

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353 days ago

Here’s a few pics of an old icebox I redid for my son’s in-laws. This thing was a real mess but cleaned up nice. The one broken door panel was glued back together but the front side was not useable. I ended up planing down the back og the panel till I got a good surface and glued a piece of butternut to the back side of it and planed it back to original thickness. After new rabbets, it was good as new, and still the original panel. I only had to replace one small piece on that door and the bottoms of both legs on the left side of the icebox, both had rotted off from constantly being wet. It was a fun project but I don’t think I’d want to have to use one of those to keep my food cold!

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#1 posted 353 days ago

Thanks for sharing. These can be fun. I refurbed one for a lady several years ago. The family had used it when she was a child. She told me that one day she would be gone and her children would toss it because it was not in good shape. It turned out great and she was well pleased. I think your son-in-law should be happy with this one also. Congratulations.

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#2 posted 353 days ago

Beautiful restoration work. It’s a beautiful piece now. Congratulations.

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#3 posted 349 days ago

Thanks guys. This was a really fun project. Especially since no matter what I did was an improvement! I learned some lessons on this one. I was really glad all the original hardware was in good working order but the nickel plating was really dull. I was able to polish it all but I fried my grinder in the process. I needed a new one anyway! Hopefully this will become a family heirloom and will be around a while! Can’t wait to see what the next project that comes walking in my door will be!!!

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#4 posted 349 days ago

Nice! Who made that one – Seeger?

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#5 posted 349 days ago

The nameplate on it said “Illinois”. It is in bad shape so I attempted to have one have by a sign shop but they screwed it up royally. They just made a decal and stuck it on a new piece of aluminum. The font style is wrong and the whole thing just doesn’t look right. They said they could laser etch a new one that would more closely match the original but they wanted over $100.00 for it. I’ll let the guy I did this for decide if he wants to pay that for a new nameplate.

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dhazelton

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#6 posted 349 days ago

Lot’s of repro hardware out there. He may have to settle for another brand, though.

http://www.hardwareofthepast.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=kchNameplates

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#7 posted 349 days ago

that came out great Willie.

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