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Repair veneered vanity unit

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by chalkywhite, 23 Feb 2021 at 5:58 PM.

  1. chalkywhite

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    Hi there, I'm pretty good with woodwork, but struggling to think of a good fix for this unit where all that's wrong is the veneer coming off the bottom of the top drawer front.

    Any suggestions please on a fix? The veneered panel is screwed to the drawer carcass so easily removed or replaced.

    Thanks, Tony
     

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    The only things I can think of are to

    (i) rout a small rebate, say 5 x 5mm, carefully glue in a piece of hardwood lipping of the same species and then scrape flush to the original surface

    (ii) remove a strip of veneer (10mm wide?) from the bottom.edge of the drawer (cutting gauge to score the veneer, thin knife and scrapers to remove the veneer) and reveneer the strip (I suggest using and iron on veneer film to attach the veneer strip) finishing by scraping and light sanding, or

    (iii) take the drawer front off, remove all the ironmongery, then take it to a joinery shop which has a wide belt sander and get them to sand the entire surface veneer off - the whole surface is then reveneered

    Note that modern veneers are very thin and delicate and that for any repair to be successful the drawer front lippings will need to be carefully removed before the repair is done, and replaced afterwards. Maybe easier said than done
     
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    Brilliant, thank you. I'll crack on, plenty of lockdown left after all :)
     
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    Take the drawer fronts off, buy some furniture wooden boards and make your own using the old one as a template.
    Then scratch the side with 60 grit sandpaper and veneer that with 3.5mm plywood.
    Stain and varnish to your liking.
    Then admire your new unit.
    Or, if you feel like it, dismantle the unit and use each visible panel as a template to make it in solid wood.
     
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    Thanks Johnny, another great suggestion. My DIY skills don't stretch to removing the unit, but the rest of it is possible:)
     
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    is it not just horrible cheap laminate with paper printed chipboard ???
    it has plastic end trims on the drawers ???
     
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    It's made by Roca, not the most expensive unit agreed, but functions well otherwise. Yes, the revealed wood is chipboard
     
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    wasnt being derogatory towards the quality :D
    its just the action needed is quite different (y)
     
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    Ha ha, no worries
     
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    Yeah, that was another option I'd discussed with my wife. Given the drawer fronts have already absorbed water, and that they are easily removed, I think we'll furnish our own new drawers from ply or similar
     
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