Our Projects - Late 19th Century Oak Side by Side Bookcase/Secretary

This is an ornate late 19th Century Oak side by side bookcase and drop front secretary.  The unit has a decorative pediment with mirror and three drawer storage unit.  The finish was ruined, there were structural issues, missing decorative elements and missing and damaged veneer.

The unit as received.

This is the crown of the bookcase showing the missing carved appliques.

The bookcase door removed for stripping and repairs.

The interior of the secretary unit.

The three door storage unit.

Here we see the door to the drop front secretary showing a large section of the molding around the lock missing.

Here is a closer image of the pediment.

The door to the three drawer storage unit removed for stripping and repair.

The drawers.

The pediment and mirror frame.

Mirror frame showing missing trim.

Door to the secretary.

The carcass with the doors, mirror/pediment and secretarial unit removed.

The pigeon hole assembly removed from the secretarial compartment for stripping and refinishing.

The bookshelves stripped and ready for refinishing.

The finished unit.

Side view of the finished unit.

The secretary unit refinished and installed.

The finished storage unit.

My grandparents' 1931 floor radio looks better than new thanks to these folks. Rich did a fabulous job of revitalizing the cabinetry, replacing missing trim, and making all the damages "disappear." He even added some speaker fabric and a light inside to make the dial light up again. He also spruced up a small S&H Green Stamps shelf I had. Price was reasonable, work is excellent. Rich is a great guy. I will definitely take all future projects there!

- Debi W.