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I have an old oak dresser that I removed what I assume was the oak veneer surface of the drawers' faces. They face of the drawers were badly damaged so total removal was the only option. The top drawer is rounded not flat like the rest. How do I apply a new oak veneer to my drawers #including the rounded one#. How do I cut out the holes for the handles without chipping or damaging the veneer. I very much want to bring this dresser back to life because everything else about the dresser is in great shape and very solid. Please help me if you can. It's a great piece of furniture.

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Hi Mandy, you can re-veneer the drawer fronts and re-drill the hardware holes, but this is skilled woodworking and requires some pretty good "chops" at this type of work.First you have to know whether the Oak is flat sawn or quarter sawn, and then you have to order the veneer. It will come in sheets that will have to be cut to size and then applied to the drawer fronts with glue and clamped. I do NOT recommend contact cement for this type of restoration...so that means you have to have the necessary clamps and pawls to effect a proper glue up.What is your skill and experience level with this type of woodworking? Please post back -regards- Greg

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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.

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Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.) Sold, built, serviced, setup Home, Industrial, and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools , provided knowledge, parts replacement, service, and on site service, Trade show Demo, and training as well.

Publications
Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002) ...("27 year compilation of expert know-how")

Education/Credentials
Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars from major Tool manufacturers, Skil/Bosch, Delta, Powermatic, Ritter, Porter cable, Milwaukee, Dewalt/B&Decker, Performax.

Past/Present Clients
Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT. (the Antiques capital of CT.), Golden Age of Trucking Museum,Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies. For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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