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07-10-2013 12:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: veneer brass inlay refinish question

I have a couple of questions.
A friend recently ask me to “freshen up” an old cabinet he had. The first problem is the veneer is chipped in several places and worn down through the first layer in a couple spots. Other than filler, is there any way to fix this? This is not a museum piece, but I want it to look nice.
The second thing is it had a decorative brass trim around the face. Most of it is missing. Is there anything like this available? it looks like the metal was attached to wood that fit into a channel on the cabinet. If not how about a good way to clean out the channel so we could inlay a brass wire?
This is not my usual line of work, so any help would be appreciated.

-- MW |

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 02:44 PM

What I would do to truly ‘freshen up’ that cabinet:

Trash the brass – it’s an old and tired look that’s got to go, seriously. If trim is still desired, shop around if you must – higher end hardware suppliers might carry something your friend will like, or try automotive suppliers for trim.

Trying to restore that to its original better condition IMO will result in the following:
1. That veneer fix is a problem, being the face veneer of plywood – there is no easy proper ‘quick fix’ that will look good.
1. It will look only slightly better, but still ‘old and tired’.
2. You will spend time and money doing #1. and you may not get paid enough to do so.

I would try to recommend a full ‘re-do’ if you can get paid for it. That is, fill where needed and sand down to the wood, then stain the cabinet DARK with your friend’s choice of colour, then protective coat.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 03:02 PM

That’s a landfill candidate.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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