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    LOML Yard Sale Find...

    ...yeah!

    I never quite know what to say when my adorable little wife heads for yard sales, taking the neighbor with her. This time.....well, here's what followed her home:

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    No, it's not supposed to be yellow! The first step will be stripping the yellow to see what's under it. Bobbie is taking the "Sharon" approach and says she'll do the stripping and clean up, if I'll show her how. Uh-huh...

    Too bad those cigarettes didn't ignite the whole thing!

    The original sewing machine is long gone; it had a old electric model in it. Not sure of the value of all of it, but Bobbie wants to keep it for a different machine.

    Now, I've got to give her credit, along with the yard sale acquisition, she did bring a peace offering (to the left of the sewing machine).

    If Momma's happy. we all be happy!!!




    EDIT: She got this fine piece for $25.
    Last edited by Bill Arnold; 09-08-2014 at 06:58 PM. Reason: Add cost
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    The original sewing machine is long gone; it had a old electric model in it. Not sure of the value of all of it, but Bobbie wants to keep it for a different machine.
    Well, finding a cabinet with the woodwork in good shape is getting a lot harder to do (this one looks to be in decent shape ignoring the yellow! ). So many ended up in barns, got wet and all the veneer pealed off. The actual sewing machines - even treadle ones seem to be a lot easier to find.

    Watch the veneer on the top pieces when you're stripping it, its usually been worn some and isn't as thick as you might like it to be.

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    Nice. I found one a few years ago and in the end, only the wrought iron legs were salvageable. But that was fine with me. Will be watching the transformation with great interest.
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    Nice find. My BIL was buying the stands for those and simply building new tops with drawers setup for use as a writing desk or simply set a more modern sewing machine on top.
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    Take a tide through WV, Western Pa and Md. Hit the antique sh ops. You'll see these with the machine for an avg. Price of $ 150.00
    I like doing away with the cabinet and putting a nice piece of wood on the old iron.
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    After applying some stripper to the narrow center drawer so it could sit for a while, I got the cabinet separated from the base. A loose screw here and there and a couple of missing metal parts but the cabinet is in fair shape. I also separated the movable top pieces from the main top panel. The main top panel is plywood that measures nearly 7/8" thick which I suppose could be 3/4" plywood with applied veneer. Here's what the top of the top panel looks like:

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    The grain looks kinda non-descript so far.


    The end panels caught Bobbie's eye but will be a bit of a pain to strip, although the little center drawer with its beading is taking time!

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    One option we might have for the top parts is adding veneer, if they turn out too rough. More on that as it develops.

    I'm unsure of what kind of woods were used for different components of the cabinet. The inside faces of the six side drawers look like QSWO; more on that when the yellow goes away.
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    Oh Oh Oh..... Bill those pulley's make great hand cranks for street organs.
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    I got one out in the shop just sitting there. I had a former client ask me to re-vaneer for her so I got started on it. I peeled off the old vaneer off the top and was cutting new vaneer when she called me and said she changed her mind (I think her husband found out how much I quoted her). I asked her what she wanted me t do with the machine and she said keep it so now it just sits... This one has the original machine in it. All it needs is a belt and it would work.
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    Don , you got to hate that. I will usually tell the customer at that point they owe me for my time if there is time spent. The few times this has happened I've received payment and usually the piece also if there good customers. A few times I let it pass.
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    Yo, Don.

    I'll 'store' it for her!

    I'll be in AZ 3rd week in October.
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