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19th Century Belgian Armoire Base

What Hurricane Katrina takes away, we bring back to life! This armoire base sat in about 10 inches of flood water for about two weeks.

 
 

View 1
What do we have here...peeled up veneer, cross members, molding, feet, bolt hold downs, feet etc.  Where do we get started?

 

 

 


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View 2
Here we have the front and rear frame work to the armoire base.

 

 


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View 3
Here we have drawer sides that have been freshly flattened into submission after Katrina waters warped them badly.

 

 

 


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View 4
These are the drawer bottoms which have also been flattened after heavy warping (some were flattened twice).




 

 


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  View 5
This view shows the panels in the top of the base which were relatively straight.
 

 

 

 

 


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  View 6
This view shows another section of top panels with their cross members.






 
 


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View 7
Here we are clamping the base molding back onto the piece which became unglued.

 

 

 

 

 


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  View 8
This view shows the clamping of the base molding on the other side.
 
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View 9
We are not sure that you can make it out but we have used the bench top as a cal to re-clamp the rear frame work in preparation for the glue up of the entire piece.

 




 


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View 10
In this view we are re-flattening all the drawer sides.

 

 



 


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View 11
Here we are clamping one drawer together and re-flattening one drawer bottom.

 

 


 


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View 12
More drawer clamping for your viewing pleasure.

 



 

 


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View 13
Here we are clamping up the sides to prepare for the total re-glue of the base.

 

 

 


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  View 14
In this view we use 10ft clamps to clamp this baby back.




 

 


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View 15
Here we have some details of the new Satinwood veneer that we placed on the base molding.



 

 

 


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  View 16
This view shows what Katrina can do to nice Belgian crafted Satinwood, Tulip wood and Ebony inlay veneer.






 
 


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  View 17
These are the drawer fronts after we have re-banded the bottom edges in Satinwood.




 

 


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  View 18
Here we see one drawer with Satinwood, Tulipwood and Ebony inlay veneer complete.






 
 


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View 19
This view shows the other drawer complete.

 


 

 


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  View 20
This view show the side of armoire base after repair, coloring and French polish.







 
 


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  View 21
This is a detail shot of the center of the armoire base.


 

 

 


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View 22
This detail shot gives a good idea of how we held back Katrina.

 

 
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  View 23
And voila!  Katrina held at bay, at least on this one.







 
 

 
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