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Hoosier cabinets
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Tom A    Posted 10-28-2002 at 05:25:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My better half has been looking for a Hoosier cabinet for years, but has never found 'the right' one. She finally found it over the weekend and we got it home.

It was made by Sellers, which I gather was one of several companies to make them. It was originally shipped with gray enamel paint (marked as such on the back) and that paint is still very well-adhered and sound. The cabinet has been repainted once in its life, and this coat will be stripped for sure. But she is unsure whether to try to strip all the paint down to bare wood and use a clear finish. She'd prefer that, I think, but doesn't want to remove the original gray if the cabinet is going to have to be painted anyway.

I've looked from the inside, and the framing is all solid oak, and the panels appear to be oak plywood. It seems to me that it was built out of clear enough wood that it could be stripped bare and finished with clear finish, although I know that today we use lesser-quality wood for items that will be painted rather than left woodtone.

Does anybody know about this? Will this strip well enough to allow for a clear finish?


Marti Carrell    Posted 01-03-2003 at 10:33:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I refinished my Hoosier cabinet several years ago. It had been in a garage for about 50 years, and had obviously been used as a work bench. Even though the wood (oak) was not damaged, it had paint splatters on it. I stripped it by hand, sanded it lightly, and finished it with a clear, natural finish. It now has a home in my kitchen, and I get many compliments on it. Good luck!

Swamp Yankee    Posted 10-29-2002 at 17:39:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have two Tom a Hoosier and a Napanee both made in Indiana. The Napanee Co. is still in business.There is a company that you can buy new parts for it.Also a book about them.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 10-28-2002 at 07:15:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You may want to get an apraisal from an antique place befor changing the original paint. This usually lowers the value of antiques quite a bit. I don't understand why any one would want to paint wood. A natural finish on woodwork always looks best to me, personally.

Dennis    Posted 10-28-2002 at 05:47:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
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Mike D.    Posted 10-28-2002 at 05:39:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Tom A,
If you do the striping yourself it will work out fine. There may be some blemishes in the plywood, however, the rails and style material will be all clear stock. Don't let a pro stripper do it, they tend to burn out the glue in the joints with their dipping. Good luck to you, sounds like it is on your list!

Tom A    Posted 10-28-2002 at 06:23:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Mike D.

Actually, this is one thing that *won't* be on my list! My mother-in-law enjoys refinishing and is very good at it. She'll visit for a few days and in exchange for some "peace and quiet" on the farm, she'll strip and refinish furniture. Many years ago, I convinced my better half that I am untrainable when it comes to painting, so I never get these kinds of projects! I will get any heavy lifting, and the woodworking repair piece of it, though, but that's something I enjoy.

lucky, eh?

Mike D.    Posted 10-28-2002 at 07:11:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man Tom,
What a deal you got going on. I knew you were a smart guy, but now this takes the cake. I hope you post a photo of the cabinet when it is finished. Sounds like you will have time to stay outdoors and get after farm matters. Stay it touch. Mike

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