Back in May I took it apart and fixed the lock. Oh that thing was bent and did not work and it seemed hopeless. I got it out, lubed it up and got it working. Then I put it in Steve's vice and bent it back into a functional shape.
It fit back in its rightful home
I tried out the Restor-a -Finish product.
I am not disappointed with the results. I don't want to spend a lot of time restoring this case. I am happy to get it looking decent. Perfection is not my goal. Here you can see how it looks when applied.
The end looks good, don't you think? (Compare to above. That one is upside down, sorry)
Since I have too much to do, I think this is a reasonable alternative to sanding and putting a new coat of poly on these. Besides, the veneer may be weak and why stress it?
I put a coat of feed n wax on as well. While I was at it, I treated that pitman rod from the treadle. Oh dear, another unfinished project.
This is the before photo of the front. Check in tomorrow for the "after" photo.