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Chaly

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I'm finally getting to completion on some of my cabinet projects and cabinet plans for my core machines.

A few years ago I got a Singer 15-91 centennial in a blond oak Singer 65 cabinet with a  bench.  

Everything was in really good shape and lightly used but the blond oak was grungy and the bench needed to be recovered.  The machine, I cleaned and did motor maintenance and it turned out beautiful and is an amazing sewer.  But I just didn't think the style of the 15 went with the cabinet.

I'm trying to house each of my core machines in a cabinet that matches with the period and style of the machine.  I refinished the cabinet trying to keep it as original as possible.  I think trying to restore the blond finish is really hard.  I sanded all the old finish off and went to a wood specialty store to ask for advice for finishing - bringing a sample of the bench with the original finish.  I was told to use a colored stain which they matched to the original color. It was a Daly's wood stain and finish custom matched.  I then recovered the bench piecing some leather scraps I had.

The cabinet has been sitting for a few years waiting for the right machine.  I couldn't decide until recently.  It was between my 401 and 500 because they were made in the time period of this blond oak style. I'm not crazy about this finish but wanted to keep everything close to original.

The 65 cabinet actually was not made for the 401 or 500 -had to shave about 1/4" off the front supporting panel and it fits just fine.  The nice thing about this cabinet is the drawer space and it is also wired with a pedal - see the second photo.  For the 500, because of the cord types, I'm not going to take advantage of this feature -but it would be convenient to use for another machine in this style cabinet.

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I have a Singer 201 in the style 65 cabinet and sold one last year, again a 201 in style 65. The molding style on my 65 is late 40s I believe. The one I sold was early to mid 50s with a simpler, thinner style molding. 

As for fitting the machine to the cabinet, I think if you had chosen the Singer 401 it would have fit right in. The 500a and all the 600s and 700s are too tall to fit. I found that out on several sewing machine cabinets. 401 and 403 fit right in, but no go on the later models. 

The 401 and 500a look very nice in the blond cabinet. I think they called that "fruitwood" at the time, at least some makers of furniture did. For my 401, I have the Style 430 "Profile" cabinet, which came in the blonde finish and walnut, which mine is, but it's Formica - not wood. Looking very Jetsons style, it folds up to be nothing more than a table, or it folds out to make a huge work space, wherein lies the problem of where to put it. My 65 cabinet with 201 in it is in our living room. 

Photos of the Style 430 Profile cabinet are not mine, but some found on the internet. I need to take some of mine, but it's buried at present. 

- Bruce 1960Singercabinetscopy.jpg  Singer Profile cabinet showing plastic tub -  Sales catalog 1959.jpg  401a_front3.jpg  Table 1.jpg 

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PS - My wife has the Style 353 Hampden Court cabinet, a huge desk cabinet that fits in an alcove in the bedroom where an old closet used to be. She has her Singer 403 in it. 

- Bruce Laura's Singer 403 in desk cabinet.jpg 

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I have a 65 downstairs. Must be an earlier version, no built in pedal. I've been meaning to redo it. Perhaps now I'll have the gumption!
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Chaly -- that cabinet came out beautifully.  What kind of finish did you use?

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The 401 and 500a look very nice in the blond cabinet. I think they called that "fruitwood" at the time, at least some makers of furniture did. For my 401, I have the Style 430 "Profile" cabinet, which came in the blonde finish and walnut, which mine is, but it's Formica - not wood. Looking very Jetsons style, it folds up to be nothing more than a table, or it folds out to make a huge work space, wherein lies the problem of where to put it. My 65 cabinet with 201 in it is in our living room. 
 

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That 430 cabinet is really neat - perfect for the slants.  Lucky for you to have one - I have never seen this type. Thanks for sharing.
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Chaly -- that cabinet came out beautifully.  What kind of finish did you use?

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Thanks, Paul.

I was in Seattle at the time and went to the Dalys' store - they sell their products online but since they were local to me I wanted to go in and get their advice.  There is so much info on how to refinish this blonde type finish I wasn't sure what to do.  And I could bring in a sample to get their recommendation.

Firstly, I used Dalys Benite Wood conditioner - it helps especially with light colored stains and grainy wood like oak to give an even stain finish.  Then I used Dalys colored stain that they custom matched perfectly to the bench piece I brought in.  Then Dalys acrylic poly - sanding between coats.  And finally, Howard Feed-N-Wax.

It's a good sturdy finish that I hope will hold up as a sewing work surface - so far so good. There are many other methods and products for the blond refinishing and I don't have anything to compare with - this is just what worked for me.

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Thanks. I have a blonde Danish chair (actually Danish, not just
Danish style) from my parents that needs refinishing, so I'm
collecting possibilities.

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[ Neat -- I get email notifications from the forum for any thread that I've contributed to.  Without thinking I replied to one of those emails, and amazingly, my reply, above, appeared in the thread.  Didn't know that would work!   -paul ]
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I have a Singer school desk very similar to the 430. The insert doesn't connect to the side like the 430 does, and my table side doesn't drop down. To make the table full size, the back legs pull out to brace the other half. To close it, push the back legs back in and that half of the top flips over onto the other half. It came to me with a 500 in it.
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Cari,

I've not seen or heard of this one either.  Really practical design to give flexibility and lots of room when needed.
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Cari,

I've not seen or heard of this one either.  Really practical design to give flexibility and lots of room when needed.

I really like it. I have it in the middle of my sewing room. I have whatever machine I'm using in it and use the other half for my cutting table. And when I have a large quilt backing to press I lower the machine and cover it with an old piece I did practice work on my long arm for a pressing surface.
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