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Thread: Refinished an old Lane Cedar Chest

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    Refinished an old Lane Cedar Chest

    This was a royal pain in the butt. It had been previously coated with, only you older guys will remember - 1960's antiqueing kits. They were the latest rage at the time and a nightmare to strip off. Anyway, the customer wanted it stripped and refinished. After stripping I realized what they had.
    I did not use any stains except for touch-up powders on the appliques and on the poplar edge trim. These appliques were dense with no grain pattern and had to be 'painted'. Poplar, well, poplar is poplar and also had to be painted. Everything else was just clear coated.
    Lots of touch-up and grain painting also was needed.
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    Nice job Tony. The kit you speak of, was it a green tinted color?

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    Your customer should be thrilled with that chest. Very nice work. Antiquing was one fad that I was happy to see fade away.
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    That's a nice one Tony. They were always stained finished. This is mail order cataloged furniture and most of the time came in sets. I've done a lot of them. You did a great job refinishing it. Popular was used most of the time as the substraight wood and it was also easy to carve the trim from.
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    I can't believe somebody had the gall to paint over that gorgeous wood. You definitely breathed new life into this one, Tony. Beautiful work.
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    I remember doing the antiquing back then. It was all the rage.
    Beautiful job Tony
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    do you have a before pic tony? because this after set of pics are great,, very nicly done..would like to see how it was before you started
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    I dont think I have any before pics., maybe my wife took some. She is always taking pics in the shop. It was "Antiqued" an off-white color with various streaks and specks and I dont remember the color of the specs and streaks. It was one tough finish though.
    The front is plywood veneered with what looks like zebrawood but not sure. I think the appliques were beech or hard maple. It was a dense white hardwood with no grain pattern to speak of. The side and top panel was ply vennered in cherry and the top was edged trimmed with poplar. The insides, bottom and rear is solid red aromatic cedar with a 1/4" panel of unknown ply on the outter bottom. The thing that struck me really odd was the bottom curved piece on the front was pine. That, I didn't expect.

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    Before Photo

    Just as I hoped. Wifey had a photo. She takes pics so that some year I will add them to my website.
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    thanks tony, now that really shows the transformation that you accomplished very well.. that will sell you more work easily...
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