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The Donster
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Abbotts Canvas Covered Box, anyone know what is the best way to go about it? I was also told the hinge/hasps are rusty. And I was told it will need a light sanding but what kind of grit sandpaper to sand it with? Do I use a power sander? etc. Don,
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You will probably want to replace the hardware.
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I will replace it if I Can. Does anyone know if Abbotts will sell the Hinges/Hasps Separately? Don,
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Don, Abbott's has always been good to me when replacing parts of an effect. All you can do is ask. The most they can say is "no" but I doubt they will. Greg goes out of his way to support his customers.
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If Abbott’s cannot supply the hardware try http://www.vandykes.com They have a wide variety of hardware and may have what you need.

Regarding refinishing the wood, I am not familiar with the actual construction of the Canvas Covered Box, but looking at the drawing in Abbott's catalog I'll offer the following advice:

If it is finished, you should first strip the old finish. (This is a messy job and I would highly recommend you take it to a professional stripper Smile -- I mean a furniture stripper). They can do a much better job than anything you can do in your garage. FYI -- the issues of "dip stripping" have largely gone away. Just make sure they are not using a water based process.

Depending on any pre-existing damage, I would recommend 180 grit sandpaper using a pad sander or a random orbital sander. DO NOT USE a belt sander. The opportunity to irrevocably ruin the wood is quite high for anyone not used to a belt sander.

If the stripper has done its job all you will need to do is smooth out the wood. If it is plywood or veneer make sure you do not sand through the upper layer.

I'm not sure if you want any finish on the box, but depending on the wood you may want to stain it first to help hide any residual smoke stains or imperfections. I personally would finish the panels with a lacquer sealer and finish using a spray gun.

The surface areas are too great for spray cans. You can use a brush and a urethane product, but I don't like the streaks the brush leaves and it seems to take forever for the smell to go away. (We are talking months here.)

There are all kinds of tricks and helps in the refinishing business. Hope these few help.
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Jeff yes they do help. I have contacted Abbott's and have sent another E-mail to them I'm hoping they send a reply back. there is a stripper here in town not sure how much it will cost. But I'll try it and see. I was thinking of having it stripped and either staining it by hand or brush. but I would like to do it the way Abbotts has previously Done it. Don,
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Don,

Keep me posted on your progress.
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Jeff I certainly will do. I might even take some before and after Pics. Don,
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