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    refinishing a sewing cabinet

    Dearly bloved added a Singer301 to her collection. it came with a veneered cabinet and has patches of missing finish. i tested the finish with alcohol and decided it wasn't shellac. the veneer is very thin so i dont want to sand too much. suggestions appreciated.

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    Re: refinishing a sewing cabinet

    Gene, how good are you with using a card scrapper?
    I like making things. I have a wood shop at home. I am a terrible carpenter but I love doing it. Raymond - Charlotte, NC

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    Re: refinishing a sewing cabinet

    My wife is an antique sewing machine hoarder, 'scuse me ... collector LOL.

    I would try a mild abrasive pad + alcohol or lacquer thinner. Chances are the veneer is glued with hide glue.

    Scrapers I have had some disasters with you have to be extremely careful!

    On tops, I've found its easier to remove the old veneer and re do it.
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    Re: refinishing a sewing cabinet

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    Gene, how good are you with using a card scrapper?
    novice. started using them on bowls. still learning how not to gouge.

    more competent with scrapers than replacing veneer.

    less fearful of building a new solid cabinet but don' have time

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    Re: refinishing a sewing cabinet

    Building a new cabinet may not be an option. I know I would say no thank you.
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    Re: refinishing a sewing cabinet

    Not to be a contrarian, but why does the case need to be refinished? Patches of missing finish on the surface, but not chipped or missing veneer? A few pictures would help for seeing what you've got to work with.

    The Singer 301 was first introduced in 1951-1952 so the cabinet finish may be nitrocellulose lacquer. Test that with lacquer thinner.

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    Re: refinishing a sewing cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by Berta View Post
    Building a new cabinet may not be an option. I know I would say no thank you.
    it is an option for me, thanks.
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    Re: refinishing a sewing cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Not to be a contrarian, but why does the case need to be refinished? Patches of missing finish on the surface, but not chipped or missing veneer? A few pictures would help for seeing what you've got to work with.

    The Singer 301 was first introduced in 1951-1952 so the cabinet finish may be nitrocellulose lacquer. Test that with lacquer thinner.
    fear of fabric snagging on edges of missing finishes. here's the top, closed. more damage when it is opened.

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    Re: refinishing a sewing cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by Dee2 View Post
    it is an option for me, thanks.
    Jeff,
    Lacquer thinner seems to work. Now to find some, good, suitable gloves and some elbow grease. The 5 mil nitrile from the HF don't last a real long time. The grease may not be cheap.

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    Re: refinishing a sewing cabinet

    Quote Originally Posted by Dee2 View Post
    Jeff,
    Lacquer thinner seems to work. Now to find some, good, suitable gloves and some elbow grease. The 5 mil nitrile from the HF don't last a real long time. The grease may not be cheap.
    The neoprene gloves are pretty good but they're cumbersome. Good-Off gel is another product that should work as well and it won't flash off like lacquer thinner, but it's messy to work with.

    https://goofoffproducts.com/product/...pper-1-gallon/

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