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 moisture. The old veneer is in decent condition under the old finish, but it's quite thin.
It's going to be an interesting finish because the front, sides and top are made of largely intact and nicely figured mahogany. The legs are made of laminated and randomly sized chunks of what I presume are cutoffs, complete with knots and other inconsistencies. I'm going to want to bring out the magnificent grain revealed in the mahogany.
Well, it's been a while, but I made some big progress in the last couple of weeks.
Well, here she is. I think it came out beautiful. I put a copy of one of the "BEFORE" pictures below so you can compare without having to scroll to the top of the blog.