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.
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 the top after stripping
Another challenge was that one of the legs was seriously damaged. The top had split and would no longer hold the mounting stud. I had to rebuild the piece with putty and epoxy.
Finally, I had the whole thing stripped to bare wood. I tinted it lightly with some cherry oil-based stain to even the color out.
Below is the top section after the first couple of base coats. We selected a high gloss lacquer for the finish. My favorite lacquer is Behlen's. It's pricey, but the results are worth it. The best flow out of any product I've ever worked with.