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Help identifying MCM credenza

Postby redlotus » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:42 am

Hi kind folks - I scored this MCM credenza today at a thrift store for $24.95 (hurray!) and I'm hoping someone can help me identify it. There does not seem to be a maker's mark on it, so I'm wondering about maker, year/era, material, etc. I suck at identifying wood, and I know you probably can't tell from my iPhone photos, but if anyone has a guess at the wood that would be awesome (I'm thinking walnut, personally).

It's got a "floating" storage area, four doors, and one side of the storage is shelves and the other has three pull-out wooden drawers. Solid wood, no veneer. Needs some TLC but overall good shape. I just have to refinish it and repair the hinges on one door and it's good to go!

So, any ideas? Any guesses on worth? Any insight is much appreciated! Thanks!

http://i41.tinypic.com/ebc6ty.jpg
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http://i44.tinypic.com/4qjvw3.jpg

(Sorry again about the crappy photos - it's not being delivered to my apt until tomorrow so I could only snap a few shots in the store)

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Postby SDR » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:07 pm

That's pretty cool. I don't know who made it. Looks like you have a little repair to do on the second door -- the bottom pivot hinge has become detached from either the door or the cabinet ?

Of course the frame is solid wood -- but all the panels, including the top, are veneered. This is the only way the manufacturer can get all four doors to match, in grain pattern and in color. Not to worry -- even the best makers use veneers, for this reason. And, it's a great way to make a natural resource go further !

Let us know how it turns out.

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Postby sky » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:04 pm

Well, kiss my shiny metal daffodil credenza. He's back!

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Postby redlotus » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:15 pm

SDR wrote:That's pretty cool. I don't know who made it. Looks like you have a little repair to do on the second door -- the bottom pivot hinge has become detached from either the door or the cabinet ?

Of course the frame is solid wood -- but all the panels, including the top, are veneered. This is the only way the manufacturer can get all four doors to match, in grain pattern and in color. Not to worry -- even the best makers use veneers, for this reason. And, it's a great way to make a natural resource go further !

Let us know how it turns out.

SDR


Thanks, SDR! I've mostly finished refinishing it now. Still need to repair that door (you're right about the hinge) and install the new hardware, but I was very pleasantly surprised to find that under the drab, colorless stain lay a gorgeous, red-hued natural wood. I stripped the stain and varnish with Citristrip (love that stuff!), then I chose to treat the wood with teak oil and wax it rather than re-staining it. I just love the natural wood's color so much that I didn't want to hide it. It's a HUGE improvement!

Here's the hardware that I just ordered for the doors: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hp ... 3649_n.jpg

And here's an in-progress pic during the stripping process so that you can see the side-by side contrast between the natural hue and the ugly stain:
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5841/photo4op.jpg

I LOVE this natural blonde striation in the wood:
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/6306/photo3yn.jpg

And here's the whole shebang, stripped (the last two photos are oiled/waxed as well):
http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/5829/photo5ldo.jpg
http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/7379/photo8oc.jpg
http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/7915/photo7ih.jpg

Can you believe that someone put such a drab stain over such gorgeous wood?! That stain/finish made the wood look like fake veneer or some sort of Walmart-bought furniture. But with the stain gone, the true beauty of the piece really shines through. With those little polished brass bar pulls in the center of the doors, and the hinge repaired, it'll be a beautiful centerpiece for my livingroom, right next to my Plycraft Eames lounger!

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Postby SDR » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:00 pm

Sweet ! Looks like maybe cherry ? The blond streak -- nicely centered, probably by chance -- is sap-wood (found near the bark of the tree), often thought of as a visual defect. That's why production manufacturers like those pigmented stains; they can use wood that might otherwise be rejected.

Your re-finishing project made this production piece into a one-of-a-kind treasure. Congrats !

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Postby SDR » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:10 pm

Thanks, Sky -- nice to see you too. How ya bin ?

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Postby redlotus » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:58 pm

SDR wrote:Sweet ! Looks like maybe cherry ? The blond streak -- nicely centered, probably by chance -- is sap-wood (found near the bark of the tree), often thought of as a visual defect. That's why production manufacturers like those pigmented stains; they can use wood that might otherwise be rejected.

Your re-finishing project made this production piece into a one-of-a-kind treasure. Congrats !

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I had wondered about cherry once I stripped off the stain, too. Even if the sapwood is considered a defect, I like the way it looks. The natural variation and contrast appeals to me. *shrug* And as you said, it's nicely centered so I feel it works fine with the piece. I'm glad you approve of the (nearly) finished product! Not too bad for $25 and supplies, if I do say so myself. :) It's VERY sturdy and well built - I think it'll serve me well for many, many years.

I, too, am a HUGE Futurama fan! My favorite show! I could watch the eps over and over (and I do!). I don't have a TV or cable - I watch them for free online. I generally use this site: http://watchseries.eu/serie/futurama

You just have to learn which links are the ones that work well (I usually go for gorillavid if it's a choice, or videoweed, novamov, or putlocker). But it's free and legal and they have all the eps - you should check it out if you can stream videos on your connection!

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Postby SDR » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:51 pm

Thanks, redlotus. Bender's on it . . .

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Postby redlotus » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:29 pm

SDR wrote:Thanks, redlotus. Bender's on it . . .

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