Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
(Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

1996 - 2026

Kirt Blattenberger
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Antique Cobbler's Bench Restoration

Cobbler's Bench - After (supermodel Melanie Blattenberger posing) by Kirt Blattenberger - Airplanes and Rockets

Cobbler's bench after restoration.

Cobbler's Bench - Before  by Kirt Blattenberger - Airplanes and Rockets

Cobbler's bench before restoration.

This cobbler's bench has been in Melanie's family for a couple generations. It was in pretty rough shape. I chose to sand the finish off rather than use chemical stripper because it was fairly brittle and came off easily. A leg had been broken and some drawer joints needed re-gluing. All of the square strips on the work surface were removed for sanding. The wood is very soft pine. Final finish was Minwax stain and Minwax Polyurethane. Although polyurethane is hard to work with because if runs so easily on vertical surface, I like to use it where there is likely to be wear and tear.


Posted September 2, 2007.

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