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 Post subject: First attempt at re-finishing, Veneer question..
PostPosted: Sep Fri 27, 2019 12:42 pm 
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I finally got the urge to do something with my Ramway cabinet.. I believe it spent many years in a damp garage.. The lower front part of the cabinet looks like it suffered water damage, as well as the lid top.. The veneer on the bottom edges of the doors, and valance was wrinkled and loose.. I started by re-gluing the veneer, and now working at tightening up the whole structure.. The veneer on the lower valance is crumbling, as is some of the wood in the cabinet bottom.. Battery acid?? I have no idea what kind of veneer is on this cabinet.. I thought I would order a few samples.. Was there a standard go-to for cabinets?? So many veneers.. Is there a way to narrow it down??

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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at re-finishing, Veneer question..
PostPosted: Sep Fri 27, 2019 1:03 pm 
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Most veneer in the 1930s was walnut. I'm not at all familiar with that radio, though.

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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at re-finishing, Veneer question..
PostPosted: Sep Fri 27, 2019 1:14 pm 
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It is flat sawn whatever it is. Too hard to tell species from the pictures.


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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at re-finishing, Veneer question..
PostPosted: Sep Fri 27, 2019 4:01 pm 
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Most all of the finish has flaked off of the outside, but It looks like the inside of the cabinet still has its shine.. I really don't care for it.. I want to get the cabinet strong, straight, and the veneer good before I decide on finish..


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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at re-finishing, Veneer question..
PostPosted: Sep Sat 28, 2019 10:50 am 
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I have some spongy wood, not much, that I can not get to without tearing the cabinet completely apart.. To do so will more than likely do more damage than good.. I've been looking at wood hardeners and fillers.. Is there a "favorite"??

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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at re-finishing, Veneer question..
PostPosted: Sep Sun 29, 2019 7:05 pm 
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The cabinet may be a mixture of wood species, but the veneer looks like cherry to me. There are epoxy products that will penetrate spongy wood and make it hard. Look at marine hardware stores or sources. The problem with epoxy is that it will not accept stain, so anything it soaks in, will look different when you go to stain the rest of the wood. Glazing after the sealer coat would fix unevenness up to a point.

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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at re-finishing, Veneer question..
PostPosted: Sep Mon 30, 2019 10:59 am 
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The spongy wood I am referring to, is the very end of the cross piece, low on the side of the cabinet.. The veneer on that piece is long gone.. My hope is to make it rigid and apply veneer to it.. Its funny how the inside of the cabinet is such a stark contrast to the outside.. It looks like almost all of the finish on the outside, just fell off..


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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at re-finishing, Veneer question..
PostPosted: Sep Mon 30, 2019 6:02 pm 
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Stan the Man wrote:
. It looks like almost all of the finish on the outside, just fell off..


That is pretty much what happened! 70+ years of hot/cold cycles and humidity changes especially with sets kept in the attic, basement or sheds takes almost any period lacquer and degrades it till it turns into tiny flakes and falls off... inner surfaces are somewhat shielded and experience this degradation at a slower rate.


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