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We had a wonderful opportunity to work with a customer to turn an old cupboard into a modern cigar humidor. The Cupboard has strong sentimental value to the family as it was the first piece of furniture the wife’s parents bought as newlyweds. As you can see from the pictures it’s not in great shape. The casework, doors, drawers and glazing will all have to be broken down, joints cleared of old hide glue and reassembled. Some parts and assemblies will have to be replaced and some, like shelves and the humidor box, will have to be made.
Example of rail and stile joints separating. This was a problem throughout the piece leaving it wobbly and crooked.
Water and insect damage to rear stiles and panels.
Water and mechanical damage to top, also glue separation at joints.
First stage of disassembly.
Back removed revealing rot and insect damage to rear rails, stiles and panels.
Back disassembled on our bench for assessment. Assessment? Replace the unit.
As you can see Neenee the shop Meownager is hard at work.
Old rear stiles and their ‘new’ blanks from old barn wood.
New rear stiles after milling.