Leif - Tue, 03/22/2011 - 7:08pm
Leif - Sun, 02/01/2009 - 4:40pm
Figure 1. The finished top, ready for the next stage of the restoration.
The existing mahogany veneered top of my latest project, a refinishing of a 1928 Brunswick radio cabinet for use as an LP player stand, was in horrendous shape. The years of misuse were particularly hard on it... It appears that for many years it has served as a plant stand, and had many patches of veneer missing, dented, or discolored right through the veneer. My original intent was to patch and refinish it, but the damage was simply too great.
I decided to re-veneer the entire top (figure 1). I didn't want to disassemble the top from the cabinet, so a vacuum press was out of the question (if I even had one). I decided to go old-school on it and hammer veneer a new top on using hide glue. All the veneering I've done before has been for smaller pieces - I've not done it on this large of a scale before. So, this is going to be a bit of an adventure and a learning experience as there's a few new things I'll be trying.
Leif - Sun, 01/18/2009 - 8:41pm
The side of the radio cabinet I'm restoring has a good deal of damage to its side. In this article I'll take you through the steps I took to repair that damage:
The damage is enough to seriously detract from the beauty of this 80 year old mahogany cabinet. Some might argue that a true repair might involve replacing the entire side - or at least the veneer for it. I don't want to get that involved or invest that much time into it, nor do I think there is any real reason to... While this is a fairly complex repair, it certainly is not a difficult one... It's more likely to test your patience than it is your skill.