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Project Log -- Cedar Chest and Night Table

This project was poorly documented by yours truly.  I began with the cedar box below.  It was not on bad shape apart form a broken leg and some glass rings on the top.  The customer asked for a refinishing and repair. The results are below.

While I was there picking up the Cedar Chest, the customer also had the night table below which has seen some rough handling.  Again, the results are below.

Project Log -- Sewing Cabinet

A good friend brought this Sewing Cabinet to me to see what I could do with it.  It's clearly fairly old, and just as clearly has seen some rough use.  On top of that, the old finish, apparently shellac, had absorbed decades of gunge and crud until it was just about opaque.  While I had serious doubts about being able to clean the existing finish up to a point where it would be serviceable again, I agreed to try a cleaning, first. 
 The closeup of the top below is representative of the condition of the rest of the piece.  Cleaning quickly became an unrealistic task.  I consulted with my friend and we decided that, as the piece was going to be displayed and used, a refinishing was the best course of action.  So, I went ahead and started stripping the finish.
 SURPRISE!!!  Beneath all of that crud is a beautiful slab of Mahogany.  As I went along the whole piece just revealed more and more beautifully grained and figured wood.  This is what I love about this work.   Closeup of th…

Project Log -- Kitchen Set

The test chair came out pretty well.  I would like to have gotten the web a little tighter.  Got the table stripped and stained

 The wood came out a little lighter than I expected.  Still, it's very pretty grain. The apron.
It's been a while since I've posted an update.  But here we go
The chairs are done and delivered.  The owner was very pleased with her chairs.