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    LOMLs Secretary

    Bobbie inherited a secretary from her grandmother a few years ago. The best we can determine, it's around 100 years old. Her grandmother had received it through her mother. Bobbie remembered it being in her grandparent's home when she was a young girl. It had some decorative wood strips on the windows that deteriorated over the years and kept breaking apart. Her grandmother helped it along a little as pieces separated. Finally, all of the strips were gone except a few that were left to keep the glass from rattling.

    Below are a few pieces of the original strips that appear to be a three-ply assembly.

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    We researched similar secretaries online and found several of the style we have. All had similar wood decoration on the windows, so that gave me a starting point.

    My first step was to layout the pattern within boundaries I created in SketchUp. That allowed me to determine the number and size of the strips. The cabinet itself appears to be mahogany but I decided to use cherry for the strips because I have a lot of off-cuts and it was to receive a dark stain anyway.

    I milled some pieces to 1/2" thick, then cut strips about 3/16" from them on my bandsaw. Next, I ran them through my drum sander to take them to a fat 1/8".

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    I decided the best way to join the pieces was with half-laps, so I set up a 1/2" flat bit in my router table. After determining the locations of the dados, I batch cut the strips as needed.

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    Fortunately, all of the pieces fit together pretty well. After glue-up, I let them set up overnight, then ran the assemblies through my drum sander to smooth the joints and filler where I had to use it in a few places.

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    I made my own color of oil-based stain using some brown mahogany and ebony mixed for the first layer. Then, I added some red mahogany for the next layer. After giving the stain a couple of days to dry, I hung up the assemblies to spray some rattle-can lacquer on them.

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    Here's the before and after appearance of the secretary.

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    Well done Bill! That really adds a bit of pop, good job matching the color too.
    Darren

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    good one bill
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    Cool!
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    Very well done. The pieces left sure weren't enough to figure out the pattern, but what you chose sure looks good.

    I can see that you use nearly the same spray booth that I do (easily expandable to any size needed).

    Charley

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    Nicely done Bill color looks great also. How did you get the pattern? Old pics or just a great creative mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Niemi View Post
    Nicely done Bill color looks great also. How did you get the pattern? Old pics or just a great creative mind?
    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Lent View Post
    Very well done. The pieces left sure weren't enough to figure out the pattern, but what you chose sure looks good. ...
    Thanks, folks!

    Here's one of the secretaries we found at an online site:
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    All I did was work out the dimensions based on measurements of our unit.


    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Lent View Post
    ... I can see that you use nearly the same spray booth that I do (easily expandable to any size needed).

    Charley
    It sure works good for a some of spraying, but I need to re-do my inside spray area for bug control!
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    Excellent!!!!! Good finish match and fitting of pieces.
    David

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    That came out looking great, Bill.
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    WOW!!!

    What an improvement!

    Ya dun gud.

    Enjoy,
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