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PROJECT UPDATE!!: 04/05/2015 Corner Cabinet

This is another lead from Thumbtack.  A really nice local couple wanted to replicate the style of their existing cabinet (see below) in the opposite corner of the room, with a space for their big screen television.  The challenge here is that the angles are tricky, to say the least.

Here's the existing cabinet that's being used as the model:
The new cabinet will be somewhat wider.  Also, the bottom three sections of glass door will be open space for the television.  Below is a drawing that represents the concept.  Final drawings are in progress.

The original base dimensions give an idea of the challenges involved in making all of the corners work.

The 120 degree angle at the back right corner reflects the angle of the wall.  The right side is constricted by a window, so the whole thing has to fit between the back wall and the window trim.  You may also note that the front right corner is an acute angle and the front left is an obtuse angle.  Below is the first cut at the base…

Project Log -- Cedar Box Refinishing and Repair

The owner told me this was passed down from her grandmother.  It's a really nice piece, but it's had a lot of water damage and scratching over the years.  I'll have to replace the top veneer and then a full restoration.  This is going to be a beautiful piece when I'm done with it.

Here's a close look at the cracking and gouging  Water damage on the top Some bad scratching on the top surface, but the veneer is going away anyway.

The front right leg is cracked off.  I'll have to glue that back together.
I decided to work on the top first. So, step one was to remove it.  Above you can see the original labeling from the factory that we want to preserve.  Below I've protected it with cardboard. Here's another look at the top damage,
After I stripped the top, I skim coated it so that I can begin the veneer laminating process with a perfectly flat surface.

The cleanup of the old finish is coming along.  The wood is quite brittle.  I guess probably from moist…