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Refinishing a 100-yr Old Cabinet #8513824 01/26/22 06:37 AM
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First let me preface this by saying that I have absolutely zero patience with finish work of any kind. I can build an entire house with 2x4's and 16D nails, but I don't paint and can't do molding to save my soul! Craftsmen are worth every penny they earn!!!

This was an old antique cabinet we got 43 years ago from a friend, when we first got married, and we have hauled it all over the country. It is some type of mixed white oak and another unknown wood. It's got haphazard saw cuts showing, and at least two of the kids have carved on it with scissors or knives. The sides and bottoms have been falling out for years, the hardware was rusted and didn't match, ten different sizes and types of screws and little nails holding it together. To top it off, it had about six coats of yellow shellac coatings. It was good for holding junk, and that is what we kept it for. We always talked about fixing it - someday!!

Winter has me bored. Hunting seasons are closed, the water is froze solid so no fishing, too old to ski, and hate snowmobiles. This was a good 6-day project. I have breathed more paint stripper, sanding dust, acid wash, stain, and polyurethane than a junkie in downtown Houston. smile

It started out yellow; foaming Gorilla glue fills every nook and cranny. Then trims off easily once it's hard

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I tried to go darker to match other furniture better, but some of the soft wood turned black, so had to sand it all down and re-do it. After 3 coats of stain and 2 of clear ploy this is finished. It was actually kinda fun, and I only have about $20 in it!!

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BUT, if the wife wants to do another one, it's going to a professional, and will be worth the $300!!!!!!!!!!



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Re: Refinishing a 100-yr Old Cabinet [Re: Blank] #8513871 01/26/22 12:52 PM
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Re: Refinishing a 100-yr Old Cabinet [Re: Blank] #8513944 01/26/22 02:05 PM
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Re: Refinishing a 100-yr Old Cabinet [Re: Blank] #8514081 01/26/22 04:22 PM
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Dollar store even had the right contact paper for the drawers!!

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Re: Refinishing a 100-yr Old Cabinet [Re: Blank] #8514102 01/26/22 04:43 PM
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Re: Refinishing a 100-yr Old Cabinet [Re: Blank] #8514230 01/26/22 06:39 PM
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Good job. I have refinished hundreds of antique cabinets and there is nothing worse than refinishing a chair. Cabinets ain't too bad.
It looks like you may have some ash in there.
It is nothing strange to strip an old cabinet that has been stained very dark and find several kinds of wood that were made to match with dark stain.


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Re: Refinishing a 100-yr Old Cabinet [Re: Blank] #8514559 01/26/22 11:38 PM
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SS: You can see the dark chocolate brown stain in a lot of places that wasn't removed before, and I couldn't get off this time. That lends much credence to your comment.

If you have done more than one, I envy your patience and perseverance!!! This came from back East somewhere, and was an antique when the original owners got it. He was my LT in Security at the plant, and the wife and I were newlyweds. He sold us a three-bedroom house worth of furniture for about $500 total. He retired and his wife made him buy her a brand new condo and all new furnishings throughout!!!

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Re: Refinishing a 100-yr Old Cabinet [Re: Blank] #8514573 01/26/22 11:42 PM
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Re: Refinishing a 100-yr Old Cabinet [Re: Blank] #8515006 01/27/22 02:53 PM
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Nice job on the cabinet. That takes a lot of patience. And staining dissimilar woods to the same shade can make a guy crazy.


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