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July 30, 2012

Oak Sewing Machine Cabinet Repair 4

Filed under: Clamping,Furniture,Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Restoration,Techniques — Stephen Shepherd @ 10:31 am

It 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 layers thick to compensate for the thick old veneer.  I used harvested old veneer to make the small repairs.  The V shape on the repairs make them less visible than straight cuts.

I selected the best piece of new veneer for the top with as many medullary rays in the same orientation of the original veneer.

I previously repaired the substrate for the large repair on the left rear of the cabinet top.  I used a file to roughen up the substrate in preparation for laying the new veneer.  Because the new quarter sawn white oak veneer is half the thickness of the old veneer I needed to double up the veneer.

And you can my secret tool for getting perfect cuts on some veneers, yes that is a paper cutter.  I honed the blades prior to making any cuts, works great on the thin stuff, the thicker stuff is harder to get a good cut, being thicker and more brittle than the new veneer.

I then used Lee Valley Fish Glue for the veneer repair.  I used a pallet knife to get glue under the old veneer that had lifted a bit, a zinc glue comb to spread the veneer out on the substrate and a glue brush to spread glue on both sides of the bottom veneer and the underside of the top veneer.  Then with clear plastic clamping blocks I clamped it down.

You can glue squeeze out through the old veneer right next to the new veneer.  I removed the clamps and wiped off the excess from the veneer and clamping block and re-clamped it.

This finishes up all but one small blister repair in the veneer on the top, then on to finishing.  I need to get this job completed.


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