Restorations, 4 …bits and pieces

Here I’m just addressing some damaged areas that need some attention. Moldings that were damaged as well as a section of the back leg. It’s just a matter of getting rid of the damaged area, making some smooth surfaces in solid stock and making pieces to fit. I’ll always try to get the grain oriented correctly as well. It just makes getting them to blend in a bit easier as well as being structurally a bit more sound without having grain running in different directions. The photos tell the story.

Here the corner of this back leg was quite damaged. I cut away all the damaged wood, sanded it flat in preparation for a new piece to be added.

Here the new piece has been added, squared up and sanded to the final shape.

A bit of stain to get it to blend in a bit better. Now I can finish sanding this area, re-staining as necessary as well as “aging” the new wood to get it to look closer to the texture of the surrounding wood.

One of many areas of molding that was damaged. Smaller areas as where old nails were inserted will be taken care of with a bit of filler and or sanded to shape. Larger damaged areas such as this need to be removed.

These two shots show pieces fitted into place where it was damaged.  Here too, cut out the damaged area, make slightly oversized replacement pieces to be glued into place . Carve them to shape and sand to the final contour.

Here are a couple of the damaged areas close to being done. I think even at this point they don’t look too bad. Funny thing is that the areas that didn’t look bad by comparison to the original damaged areas, now look bad!  I keep swatting at smaller and smaller gnats as I go on.

Some of these will have to remain as there are other areas on the cabinet that have similar dings. Not all will be repaired so the piece will have an overall unity to it’s look. Again, I’m not looking to have the piece look as if it’s all brand new. Instead the look will be an old piece that has seen some service but is in very nice “original ” type condition. Some wear and tear is to be expected otherwise it’ll look odd.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dorisfiebig
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 22:52:54

    hi Mark, i like how you work your way down from big repairs to smaller and smaller repairs. this way you can judge very well i think which of the smaller dings need repairs and which should better left as are… it is amazing to watch how you make the new wood integrate into the old, so that one hardly notices it. and, when all is done, the piece will looked at in ins entity, and so keeping the balance in repair/not repair is crucial, to make it look believable “old but cared for”. thanks for sharing, it really is interesting to see how you address the different problematic areas… i am so excited to see it finished !


  2. markyundt
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 01:16:36

    Yes Doris, you completely understand the situation here.Where do you stop? As you say I start with the big damages and work my way down to the little ones. But as I go the little ones then take on a look of needing repair as well. When do I say “enough?” I do think I’ve found a balance here as today I have the entire cabinet reassembled less the doors. Here I had to make a new hinge pin and try and find some old style ( slotted screws) for the remainder of the hinge screws which were missing.
    I love doing this type of work as it challenges me at so many levels. Carving, refinishing,restoration,stripping, rebuilding etc.
    As things go, the reassembly had it’s own problems to solve. None of the panels fit which necessitated adjustments here , there, and everywhere to get it all to go back together again and look as if nothing was done. I just love these challenges.
    You’ll see it all in the last installments.
    Thank you for your input and interest.


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