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Old 04-29-2012, 11:20 PM   #561
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You were right Addie... Go ahead and say it. " Told ya so Munk"! It said " Mercury Electric MFG CORP 801 KNEE"
Just didn't see it at the time. Any closer and it could have bit me.

Here's some pics, just finished sanding down the drawers.
Mind ya, it's not even close to being finished. It's kinda shy all nekkid like that.







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I never do an "I told ya so!" The only reason I know is because I grew up with Kenmore sewing machines. Learn to sew on one in school, mother had one, and so did I. I ended up having to give mine up. It was solid metal and got too heavy for me to lift it out of the case. What I would love to have is a treadle sewing machine. There is a rhythm to using one of them. I recently gave my portable sewing machine to my son. He can do all the family sewing now. All Kenmore cabinet sewing machines I have ever seen had the knee pressure foot. I like it. I think it is easier to use than the foot one.

You are doing a great job with the sanding.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:21 PM   #562
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Stepped in it this time. What have I done?

Went ahead and bought that sewing machine. Let's just say it's been interesting tinkering around with it. It's purdy.

The cabinet is almost ready for the stain. Picked out Red Mahogany. It's been a lot of work getting it back into shape. More then I had thought of originally. Were taking the tops off, then I'll probably go with if I can find the style, Black marbled Ivory type veneer. Hoping it won't look too tacky with the handles. It looks ok in my mind. It's reality that has me wondering if it's going to cause me to have a seizure! J/K.

The inside shelf will have to be redone to accommodate the machine. It's ok, Home Depot is my friend


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Old 05-22-2012, 12:12 AM   #563
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So we want to see pics of the finished product.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:27 AM   #564
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Munky, not sure If you can hook up the new machine to the knee pressure control, but if you can I think you will really like it. I learned to sew with one, but when my first husband bought me my own machine for my 21st birthday it came with the foot pedal which I have been using until I inherited my grandmother's 1940's vintage Singer with the knee pressure lever, I much prefer sewing with it, I seem to have better control and believe it or not this vintage machine does a better job than my 1975 JC Penney machine. I also have my mother-in-law's treadle machine which is still in working order and a Serger that I bought in the late 80's (to make figure skating costumes for my daughter). I think I am due for a more modern machine, but don't want to get rid of any of my oldies. ;-)
Good luck with your project, I think the cabinet will look great and am looking forward to seeing the finished pics.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:31 PM   #565
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I love the old treadle machines. She should be able to hook up the knee pressure bar. I know that many moons ago, you could unplug the foot pressure and plug in a knee bar. But hopefully, the new machines will let you do that also. On my portable one, the foot pressure was a plug in. Sometimes it is wired to the inside. Then you have a problem.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:39 PM   #566
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Stepped in it this time. What have I done?

Went ahead and bought that sewing machine. Let's just say it's been interesting tinkering around with it. It's purdy.

The cabinet is almost ready for the stain. Picked out Red Mahogany. It's been a lot of work getting it back into shape. More then I had thought of originally. Were taking the tops off, then I'll probably go with if I can find the style, Black marbled Ivory type veneer. Hoping it won't look too tacky with the handles. It looks ok in my mind. It's reality that has me wondering if it's going to cause me to have a seizure! J/K.

The inside shelf will have to be redone to accommodate the machine. It's ok, Home Depot is my friend


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Wish I'd had someone like you around when I redid our bedroom furniture. I did a French finish on it and it's still alive after 10 years. I still love it but don't think I'd do it again. Pneumonia is not for me any more and that's what happens after removing all that goop that was on the furniture. YUK.
Please post some pictures of you handy work. I'm dying to see what you've done.
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So we want to see pics of the finished product.
Addie,
going hunting for a plastic embroidery kit to do. It sounds like fun and I've kiddo's woh love this kind of thing. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:23 AM   #568
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This is not a big-box store floor. First you start with the birch logs. Then you haul them into the sawmill shed and cut them into boards. Then you haul the boards to the loft in the barn, stack them, and let them dry for a year. Then you haul them down and bring the home to prepare them to be tongue and groove flooring. Then you install the boards. Then you sand them with a belt sander--where I'm at right now. I think the floor is lovely. It is lighter (blonder) than the pic shows, I took this at night. Definitely not your big-box store floor. A 3-yr. project, but I gotta say, I love it! I can't wait to get the finish on it (just varnish--no stain). (Patience is virtue, virtue is grace, and Grace is a little girl who never washed her face--I'm so impatient to have this finally done...it'll probably be 2 more weeks!!! Gotta tend the chickens, weed the garden, and converse on DC--I can't spend all my time finalizing the finish!).
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This is not a big-box store floor. First you start with the birch logs. Then you haul them into the sawmill shed and cut them into boards. Then you haul the boards to the loft in the barn, stack them, and let them dry for a year. Then you haul them down and bring the home to prepare them to be tongue and groove flooring. Then you install the boards. Then you sand them with a belt sander--where I'm at right now. I think the floor is lovely. It is lighter (blonder) than the pic shows, I took this at night. Definitely not your big-box store floor. A 3-yr. project, but I gotta say, I love it! I can't wait to get the finish on it (just varnish--no stain).
That's gorgeous!

I hope you meant you were going to finish it with polyurethane, not old fashioned varnish.
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That's gorgeous!

I hope you meant you were going to finish it with polyurethane, not old fashioned varnish.
I always call it varnish--but it isn't (like calling no-wax floor linoleum--habit). It is polyurethane. I am not staining it--it is going to be natural under that. Same as the other two floors (elm and hard maple that were done in the last couple of years). I just love the birch--it is my favorite.
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