Saturday, May 9, 2015

Singer Restoration Saturday - Bentwood Case Restoration

I have removed the old finish and most of the scratches from the bentwood case for "Dollie", the 1922 Singer 99K that belonged to my great-grandmother, Dollie Dunn Henderson. 

Model 99K bentwood case - front, old finish removed
The case used to be really beat up.  It was surprising and gratifying to see how many of the ugly scratches sanded right out.

Before - all scratched up

A little more sanding, and it will be ready for staining and finishing.

I am still not sure what to do about the big scratch on the top of the end of the case.

Before - scratch on end
It got much better, but it still highly visible.

Sanded down end

The scratch is so deep, it will be hard to sand all the way out.  I am afraid I might accidentally go all the way through the veneer to the base wood below.  I am considering placing a label there to cover the mark.  That is probably a better idea than further sanding or wood putty.

More later,



margaret said...

what a great job you have done, I bought a singer featherlight last week will be great for taking to MQG meetings as I have to go by bus.

Helen McNaught @ AuntyHennys said...

Love your 99. I bought a 99K Hand Crank earlier in the year. I've cleaned it up pretty okay, the dome is in fair shape so I'll leave it the way it is. I love how the 99 sews, I think just as well as my Featherweight. Sewing on a Hand Crank is much easier than I expected. Enjoy your lovely machine!