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July 12, 2012

Oak Sewing Machine Cabinet Repair – III

A couple of corners of the lid are damaged down through the substrate veneer, the front corner had a small piece of the substrate missing and I replaced it with some very thick veneer and clamped it in place.  After it dried, I trimmed it with a sharp chisel before matching a piece of harvested veneer.






I harvested some veneer from the back corner of the sewing machine cabinet top.    I used a veneer saw to cut the veneer next to the lid.  I then used a hot clothes iron to soften the original hide glue and with the help of a pallet knife successfully removed the piece of quarter sawn white oak veneer.  It did have a split and a couple of fractures which I used veneer tape to hold together until I glued it down.

I did some minor gluing with liquid Fish Glue on the substrate veneer in the area where I harvested the veneer.  Again using clear plastic glue blocks, the glue doesn’t stick to them and you can see how it looks under clamp to insure it doesn’t move.

I usually do veneer repairs with slanted or angled joints, but on this one I tried a slightly curved cut on the end grain joint, this follows the medullary rays.  While I was cutting the old brittle veneer I had to strengthen some splits with veneer tape.

Using spanner beams to apply pressure where needed on the clear plastic glue blocks and I think it turned out alright.

I still have to trim it and do a couple more small chip repairs.  It is coming along nicely.




  1. I have an old sewing machine cabinet that was given to me. My sister had kept a plant on it that ruined the top and some of the veneer is gone. If you ever want another project….and I can afford it, let me know. Love reading your stuff!!! Joanie

    Comment by joanie cromer — July 12, 2012 @ 9:01 am

  2. […] has been a while since I posted about the repairs on this Singer Sewing Machine, and repairs continue.  I repaired the back side of the top and the edges.  The new veneer is two […]

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