Antique Clothes Chest Restoration

Antique clothes chest restoration project by Kirt Blattenberger - Airplanes and Rockets
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Another of Melanie's family's relics is this pine clothes chest. After more than 100 years of use and abuse, this chest was in dire need of restoration. Construction is very low density pine, with dovetailed corners. Finish was a clear varnish with no stain. The bottom, back, and inside had no finish at all. Restoration consisted of knocking apart and re-gluing most joints, sanding, and filling in the multiple dings and scratches where they were really deep. Minor imperfections were kept for the sake of character. Minwax dark walnut stain was used inside and out, and allowed to dry for a week. Then, two coats of Deft satin clear were brushed on with 320 sanding and 0000 steel wool between coats, then three coats of Deft spray clear satin were applied, with 0000 steel wool between coats. Finally, 1/4" cedar was installed in the bottom and on the underside of the lid. A heavy brass piano hinge replaced the two door hinges on the original, and a length of black chain keeps the lid from opening too far. Project Time: 3 months.

Antique clothes chest restoration (lid closed) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Completed w/Lid Closed
Antique clothes chest restoration (cedar lining) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Completed w/Cedar Lining
Antique clothes chest restoration (before commencing) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Before Commencing Restoration
Antique clothes chest restoration (before stripping) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Before Stripping
Antique clothes chest restoration (Supermodel Melanie) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Internal Storage Bin
Antique clothes chest restoration (latch cutout) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Latch Cutout
Antique clothes chest restoration (bottom before stripping) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Bottom Before Stripping
Antique clothes chest restoration (left rear foot) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Left Rear Foot (repair needed)
Antique clothes chest restoration (right rear foot) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Right Rear Foot
Antique clothes chest restoration (top before stripping) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Top Before Stripping
  Antique clothes chest restoration (inside before stripping) - Airplanes and Rockets
Antique Clothes Chest
Inside Before Stripping

 

 

 

 

Posted October 19, 2014