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Project Update -- 11/30/2015 Sewing Machine

This beautiful old sewing machine is in need of some serious TLC.  There are lots of beautiful carvings and features, but there's equally as much damage.  It's going to be a challenge to salvage as much as possible to preserve the character of the piece without being too heavy-handed.
The top is pretty much ruined with water damage.  There's no saving the veneer.
 Clenaing up the intricate details is going to be tedious, but the payoff is going to be worth it.

Here's a look inside.  The action is surprisingly sophisticated.  Nice nickel plated hinges, too
 Here's the machine exposed.
 The cowl on the back will need to be rebuilt.  The wood is pretty much gone.
So now it's in pieces waiting to be stripped, fixed, finished and reassembled.  This is going to a breathtaking piece when I finish it. UPDATE 11/30/15 Stripping went OK,  What was left of the old finish came off pretty easily, but the water damage caused the grain to raise.   Rebuilding and recarving the…