Guidance requested for Oak cabinet restoration
IÂm refinishing and repairing an abused solid oak cabinet with lovely quarter sawn veneer on the doors and shelves. After reading thru posts and online woodworking articles, IÂm still unsure of the type of finish to use. Ideally, I like emphasis the beauty of the QS veneer. The top has very noticeable color variations in the boards used to compose the surface, and several dents suggest that the lighter areas are slightly softer.
The cabinet is for the guest room, and will not be exposed to sunlight. A companion piece is a very old oak student desk, so I donÂt want to alter the basic oak color with a stain. High humidity is very seldom an issue here, but extreme dryness during Santa Ana conditions occurs several times a year, if that matters.
1 Â For the veneer, is there a technique to best highlight the QS wood? There was an earlier post like this, but I didnÂt really understand the steps. The veneer is intact and well attached, with some sections that are ridged. Several photos show the veneer with a mineral spirit wipe in order to show the details.
2 Â Is a wiping varnish the best finish for a piece like this? Will the wood variations on the top cause a problem? Water or oil based finish?
3 Â A piece of trim is missing from the leg / side junction. A replacement piece needs a slight convex curve to the surface in order to match. Can this be done with a stationary belt sander, after outlining the shape, and then jigsaw the final shape?
4 Â The interior was lined with old vinyl contact paper, which came off fairly easily. I plan to reline the drawers and shelves with sheets of cork, however, the front edges of the shelves need to be finished. Any suggestions on removing the dried glue? Would Goo Gone work?
5 Â The mirror ormolu is missing, and the originals etched remora-type damage. Good sources for attractive metal replacements?
Extensive, captioned photos are here
Guidance, redirects and suggestions welcome for any of the questions or anything I didnÂt know to ask Âdiana