all loose panels were re-glued, including all 4 feet, and all corner braces

The front 3 core boards were loose, and needed to be re-glued.  Removal of all the warped
veneer was necessary to access the wood joints.

Cleaned off all old hyde glue and wood glue, sanded surface, and cut a new piece of veneer

New veneer applied, trimmed, and pressed.

In the past the underlayment veneer had come entirely loose from the core,
and as you see, the previous owner only glued the edges.  Wood glue is much
harder to remove than hyde glue.  I had to use a combination of steam, heat, and
manual effort to remove the old veneer from this panel.

All old glue and veneer removed from board.  Had to use chemical stripper to
loosen the old glue, and scrape it all off.

New piece of mahogany veneer installed.

Filling in minor depressions in top veneer.  Then I bleached the wood (not shown).
Stains were too deep, and wood could not be saved.  Thus.........

.....new veneer here too.

At this point, I must emphasize that not all cabinets are this challenging.  But, the effort
put into a restoration this intense is well worth the final results, because the entire cabinet had to be
disassembled, repaired, and re-fit piece by piece.

When the original glue failed, the back back panel was nailed on.
Not correct.  I had to pull out all of the old nails, then make repairs to cover up
the old nail holes.


I used a very special wood-based filler for the nail holes.  It sands flat,
and accepts wood dye easily.

nice, no?  

Stain applied.  Medium Brown Mahogany  applied to all panels.
NEW veneer panels also received Blood Red stain to darken them
down a little.

And now, to apply the finish!!!!!  CLICK ONWARD!