Monday, May 24, 2021

Rescuing Glen's "Workbench" Buffet

This buffet was being used as a workbench in a boy's bedroom.  Which I think is AWESOME!  I will not say "what a shame" cuz shoot, he was creating and building and that's a GOOD THING.  The top definitely bore the marks of his creativity!  

There's something kind of gratifying about using wood filler on a flat surface.  I don't know why I don't get in the habit of using it more. Probably because I leave the lid off and ruin the whole thing before I can get to a second project with it. Doht. I'm also an idiot and just filled in what I thought were the big gouges.  All of the little ones showed up strong after my paint job! So this is not the job of a perfectionist by any means! But I've always been about embracing some imperfection - they tell a story.  Just don't hire me to do your dry wall. 

This corner was a little too far gone to ignore and just paint over so I used some pre-glued veneer strip to fill it in.  This stuff is pretty easy to use.  Cut it to the size you need and iron it on!

You will actually not find an iron in my house. Can't remember the last time I've ironed a piece of clothing.  No thanks. It's way more necessary to have an iron in the workshop!

Now for the drawers.  I'm totally jumping on the raw wood bandwagon. These drawers sanded down great with my Ryobi Orbital sander, but the edges were stubborn and hard to get to.  One of my ole' buddies down at the Parma Antique Mall 
told me he had just what I needed - old dental tools!  I was skeptical I needed them but holy smokes they were just the ticket!  Don't question old dudes - they probably know what they're talking about.

I liked the look of the old pulls so I didn't even do a thing to them. I also liked the look of open shelves so rather than look for a new hinge to reattach the removed door, I just left them both off. Whaddya think?  Doors or no doors?

This is a beauty, but don't be fooled, there are still lots of scars on the top from it's days of being Glen's workbench.  But I'm okay with that. :)

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  1. Hi Kamm. Love your projects. Have for years. Just an FYI on wood filler: Acetone (nail polish remover) will soften it up. Add a little at a time and stir it slowly so as not to splash it in the beginning. It will gradually blend and become good as new to whatever consistency you like as many times as you like.

    1. Oh man, that sounds great. I have some to try that out on!! Thanks for the tip and for the following along all these years! Means a lot! :)

  2. Wow! This turned out fantastic!


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