According to the certificate inside, these two Steelcase credenzas were manufactured in 1977, with chromed bases, a stamped steel body, and fake-woodgrain laminate top. Built like tanks, and painted a similar color, they were made to last. However, the outdated colors, broken doors, and damaged tops relegated them to the dump. So, with a little scrap wood, a little love, and three days of work, I brought them into the 21st century with a scrappy remodel, honoring their past and preparing them for the future. The old tops were replaced with laminated old-growth pine. The former sliding panels -- half missing, the remainder bent and broken -- were stripped out and replaced with new, hinged doors made from offcuts we had around the shop. Now these low-slung office beauties can enjoy another thirty years of work, dressed up and sexy.
While I used a variety of heavy-duty shop equipment on this project, it can easily be done with simpler tools. The basic idea, repurposing a dead cabinet, is a quick and easy way to make use of alley treasures and abundant scrap wood of all kinds.
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You will need these materials:
An old cabinet
A pile of scrap wood -- offcuts, pallet wood, old flooring, old molding, etc.
Some dimensional lumber for laminating new tops
Polyurethane or finish of your choice
You will need these tools:
Assorted drill and screw bits