This dresser was badly damaged during hurricane Irene in 2011. Other than one missing drawer, the owner was able to bring me all the parts. He wanted it repaired and refinished with a wood stained finish.
The lower section and drawers needed the most work because the veneer and laminated layers were coming apart.
I was able to disassemble the case to the lower section, save the mahogany veneer, and rebuild it with new core wood. The veneer was then glued back on.
The only reusable parts to the drawers were the fronts. The sides and bottom panels were badly warped and needed to be replaced.
For the one missing drawer (top right), I made the shaped front by cutting and gluing smaller pieces together. A plaster mold of the shaped front was then used to clamp the veneer on until the glue dried.
The dresser was then stripped, sanded, stained, touch up, and finished with lacquer. The brass hardware was polished and re-installed.
Below are a few pictures showing what was involved.
This dresser was restored for a Pawling NY client.