Fortunately this is a decent quality piece of solid oak furniture, but
it's not quite Duncan Phyffe.
- Be brutal. Re-cut the whole front edge (block plane and shoulder
plane) and just move the thumbnail moulding back by 1/8". It's a drastic
step, but it's easiest and it leaves a good result, with some loss of
- Bandsaw some thick oak veneer and apply it as an inlay. Refinish as
- Buy some thinner oak veneer (1/16" should be available) and use it
double-thickness as an inlay.
Use a strap of thick canvas or leather clamped around the edge
front-to-backand pulled tight as a caul to hold the inlay down while the
glue cures. I'd recommend hide glue as best choice, hot as best, cold
hide glue (Titebond sell it) as second best.
Oak varies in colour, so this might need some tweaking. Yours looks
pretty light though, so a simple coat of finish will probably bring it
Refinishing will depend on what the original finish was. This could be
hard to match, so something simple like a wipe of Danish oil might be
just enough (easy, looks OK, hides in the camouflage of the front edge).
If it's an early sprayed lacquer (likely) then they're pretty awkward to
match up in small areas - we'd have to see it close up.
Any book on furniture restoration (Bennett's is the best I know)
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will cover this sort of repair. Zachary Taylor's "Decorative Inlay" is
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