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Project Log -- Library Cabinet -- Update 6/20/17

I realize it's been awhile since I updated the blog, but it's not because I haven't been busy.  There just haven't been a lot of really interesting or unusual work.  Then this popped up.  Through Thumbtack I got an opportunity to work on this glass front book cabinet.  From a distance it looks like nicely figured oak, but on closer inspection . . .

. . . it becomes clear that the oak is a faux, painted on finish.  The owner and I discussed it and I discovered it's been in the family around 100 years.  I haven't been able to verify an age, but the owners believed that a grandparent or great grandparent purchased it from Sears somewhere around 1900.  

Reproducing the faux finish really wasn't a viable option, and the owner wanted to match it to the furniture in the room where they intend to use it, so we decided to remove the faux oak and replace it with a dark mahogany, assuming that the wood under the oak was suitable.

The cabinet is a little wo…