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Furniture repair and alteration

This a project from 2010 which I have just gotten around to posting about. It’s a 19th century reclaimed pine piece from a chapel somewhere in Nova Scotia. It looks like it’s in a gothic revival style, the carving is impressive and must have taken quite a while to do at the time. The plan was to add a base, install drawers and use the piece as a feature sideboard/buffet.  As usual posting some images taken during construction to give you an idea of the process.

One of the first things to do was to take apart, repair and reinforce the structure. Added extra support for the drawer on both sides.

I built a new platform shown above to help support the top sections. Screwed the top sections to the platform so that the drawers opened and closed smoothly.

The photo above shows installed drawers and some furniture repair work in progress. I custom made the drawers out of poplar and attached pine fronts.

Here are the new support bases. Laminated mdf and added inset molding details to give them some character. Mdf is sometimes frowned upon but it is nice to work with, except for the dust.

After installation… turned out really well.





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