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REMOVING CEDAR CRYSTALS


Posted by ROGER FIELDS on December 30th, 2001 09:52 PM

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
I HAVE RECENTLY AQUIRED A VERY NICE CEDAR HOPE CHEST. IT WAS PURCHASED BY MY FAMILY ABOUT 1918 OR 1919. MADE BY THE JACOB BLOOM COMPANY.ITS A GENIUNE TENN.RED CEDAR CHEST.. ITS A VERY LARGE HOPE CHEST(4ft 9in wide X2ft. 4in high X 2ft. deep) AND I NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT. BUT REALLY DONT KNOW IF ILL RUIN IT BY SANDING THE CRYSTAL DEPOSITS OFF...THE CYRSTALS ARE VERY THICK (MAINLY ON THE LID).
IF I SAND THEM OFF OR DOWN WILL ONE STILL BE ABLE TO TELL THE AGE OF THE CHEST????? SHOULD I LEAVE SOME OF THE CRYSTALIZED AREAS ???SUCH AS AROUND THE OUTSIDE EDGE OF THE LID. PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS CHEST IS WELL OVER 80 YEARS OLD AND I DONT BELIEVE THAT IT HAS EVER BEEN TOUCHED WITH SAND PAPER. ONE MORE QUESTION.....IF I SAND THE LID DOWN TO THE RAW WOOD IS THERE SOMETHING I CAN DO TO TRY AND MATCH THE COLOR OF THE LID TO THE REST OF THE (AGED) CHEST ?
I KNOW ! "NO STAIN"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOUR KNOWLEDGE, YOUR TIME
AND YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THIS MATTER IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SINCERLY,
&
THANK YOU,
ROGER FIELDS

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