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July 31, 2012

Oak Sewing Machine Cabinet Repair (5) Veneer work & applique repair

Finishing the outside veneer repair work, I could easily work off the side grain veneer repairs with a sharp chisel, however the end-grain took some additional work.  I clamped my big plastic glue block to the end of the cabinet at the proper location in line with the edge.  I then used my thin saw and the block as the fence to trim off the end-grain veneer.

I opened the top to clean the inside and do one veneer repair.  It is not often I get to use my Ram’s Horn coachmakers layout curve, but it worked perfect for this repair.  The sweeping curved line is easier to disguise and fun to do.  I clamped the curve on the work, put pencil register marks and using a sharp knife cut through the old veneer.

I then clamped the Ram’s Horn on the veneer over a scrap of wood, using the register marks and using the same knife cut out the new veneer.  Fits perfect, as soon as a small missing piece of substrate dries, I will glue in the new veneer.

I removed the small drawer and cleaned it out.  It has some water damage loose parts, missing glue blocks and the applique on the front was loose and cracked.  I used a putty knife to get some Fish Glue under the applique and on the drawer front and in the crack in the curl end.  I used a spring clamp to hold the crack together and two clamps and a plastic glue block to hold it down.

I hope to start the finish process soon, staining, filling and a coat of shellac or two.


1 Comment »

  1. […] Sometimes all that is needed is a coat of shellac and the case of the Oak Sewing Machine Cabinet is indeed one of those times.  Here is a picture of the applique on the small drawer front that was repaired here. […]

    Pingback by A Coat of Shellac « Full Chisel Blog — August 2, 2012 @ 9:24 am

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