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Amazing Restoration of Vintage Cedar Chest with Odie's Oil

I purchased this cedar chest from Facebook Marketplace. The seller said it had been stored at her parents farm for over 20 years. It was a mess! And it smelled pretty bad! The finish on the top was pretty much destroyed. The chest sat in water at one point and the particle board between the veneer on the base became swollen and started to flake off.

This chest presented quite a few problems that I had to deal with if I was to restore it to it's previous state. Apparently, the prior owner had no key so they forced it open and tore the lock from the wood. (Did they find a treasure inside?) Of course, I did not realize this until I got it back to my shop and realized the lock was useless and I had not key! I realized that I unless I could find a key and repair the damage done by their action, the value of the piece would be dramatically reduced.

I used Odie's oil as a sealer on this chest. I think it really enhanced the beauty of the pecan wood. Watch the video to see how I was able to restore this little chest and resolve the lock issue so I am now able to sell it for a nice profit.

This entire video has no spoken words- only shops sounds.

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Supplies used in this video:

Varathane water base polyurethane

Krud Kutter

Mister for water

Respirator with safety glasses

Dust mask

Mineral Spirits

Klean Strip Paint Stripper

Steel Wool Pads #3

Steel Wool Pads super fine

Plastic putty knives

Varathane Premium Wood Stain Antique WALNUT

Dewalt Orbital Sander

9 in one painters tool

putty knife set

220 grit sandpaper for orbital sander

Odie's Oil

Additional products I find helpful in flipping furniture:

Zibra grip n glide 2 inch paint brush

Assorted Sanding Sponges

Gray wood contact paper (for drawer bottoms)

Beech wood contact paper (for drawer bottoms)Chair Table Leg floor protectors

Respirator with safety glasses

Respirator Replacement Cartridges

Rub N Buff

Replacement battery for Ryobi power tools

Ryobi 7 1/4 in Battery powered Miter Saw

Ryobi Electric 7 1/4 in Miter Saw

Irwin 24 inch bar clamp (I use at least 2 each time I need them)

Steel Bar Clamps

5in Clear stretch wrap film (to protect furniture for delivery)

18 in clear stretch wrap film

22 in wooden drawer slide (cut to fit)

Tack in Drawer Glides

Orange Oil to make furniture wax

Beeswax Pellets to make furniture wax

Mitre Shears

Tape & Drape plastic film with masking tape edge

Weldbond Multi Purpose Glue

1/8 in x 36 in. unfinished dowel rods

Japanese pull saw

Mitre Shears

Electric Hand Planer

Contour Scraper from Harbor Freight

Please read all labels and follow all manufacturer safety recommendations when working with paints, stains, and other equipment and wear and use appropriate personal protection equipment. Viewers should attempt these projects at their own risk.

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