Lane Cedar Chest repair/restoration. A work in progress.
A friend of mine gave me a nice Lane cedar chest and I went to pick it up yesterday. He said that it needed some repair and TLC and that he had planned on doing it but just never got around to it. When he saw a post about all the woodworking I've been doing, he sent me a PM and asked me if I'd like to have it and give it a shot. I said sure thing and went to pick it up. I had no idea what to expect. He told me that the lock had been punched out (I'm assuming that the key had been lost) and that the hinges had been repaired at least once. When I got there, it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.
I got it home and didn't have much going on so I tore into it. One corner of the lid was busted up and missing, the lock area does need some attention, the hinge mounting area needed repair, and I found that the base of it had some issues too. Well I've already repaired the busted up corner of the lid and repaired the hinge mounting areas. I removed the base and I plan on just recreating it in solid wood instead of the particle board/veneer that it's currently made of. I'll throw up a few pics as the project progresses. I'm going to strip it down and refinish the entire outside because it's really dark wood. I think I'll use a medium to dark shade but maybe a little lighter than the original. I'm also going to reupholster the seat.
I looked at the Lane web site yesterday to see if I may be able to purchase a new lock because it has no key. I found out that if it was manufactured before 1987 (which I think it was), there was a recall and they provide a free replacement lock and latch assembly! Apparently, a couple children have become trapped inside and suffocated with the old style locks.
"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"