Antique China Cabinet

At the beginning of the summer we picked up a nice antique china cabinet in the city. It was in decent shape for the age, but quite a few bumps and dings. One of the most striking details is the beautifully turned legs, although they were a bit banged up. Now that the oak dresser…

Vintage Oak Dresser-Complete

So…final coats of poly have been applied, hardware polished and installed, and it’s ready to go out the door to the customer. It was fun to return this one to it’s former glory… A few glamour shots:

Vintage Oak Dresser-Refinishing

Now that the veneer is repaired, it’s time to move on to the rest of the dresser. At some point alcohol had been spilled on the top, and damaged the shellac finish, melting through the layers of finish. To remove the bulk of the shellac, I used a steel card scraper, followed by a light…

Vintage Oak Dresser-Veneer Repairs

Today I’m working on a nice oak veneered dresser. Unfortunately it has had a bit of damage to the veneer on the bottom of one side. There are lots of repair methods, but this is the one I have developed myself, and have used it a couple of times to repair smaller areas of damage….

Vintage Dresser Rehab Completed

So, in the last installment we rebuilt the dresser drawer runners, that had become badly worn. In this post we will look at the rest of the restoration…in particular, staining, painting and waxing the piece. First, the piece got an overall sanding to prepare it for the chalk style FAT paint,and we decided that a…

Vintage Dresser: Drawer Runner Rehab

A couple of weeks ago we picked up an old dresser that needs some love. Overall it was in great shape, but there was some wear to the face frame that indicated that the drawer runners/guides had worn out. An inspection revealed that the tops of the runners had worn away as much as 1/8″-…

Antique Empire Sideboard Redo

About a month ago my wife is perusing Kijiji classifieds, looking for furniture projects, and kittens…always kittens (it’s her Kryptonite). Suddenly, she comes across a sad looking Empire styled sideboard for $20. By now you know where this is headed…a lightning quick series of emails are exchanged, and I find myself being transported on a…

Half-Bath Trim

The past couple of weeks I started trimming out the small downstairs half-bath. It’s a late 1800’s farmhouse, so…you guessed it, big wide baseboard and casings. First I had to make the moldings…you can’t just buy this stuff anywhere, and if you could it would be pricey. The baseboard consists of a couple of shaper…

Time To Cut Bait…

I have been using a contractor type table saw for my work for the past 20+ years. It originally belonged to my grandfather A.J., who (according to the hand-written receipt), purchased it in 1987. Two weeks ago I lowered the blade to make a cut, and when it wouldn’t go all the way down, I…

Repurposing An Antique Headboard

For quite a number of years, we have had an old headboard (or more accurately, part of one) kicking around the shop. We found it prior to buying our current house, so we have had it for at least 21 years…sometimes it is best to ponder on things awhile before you make any rash decisions…