There was previous damage to the art on the front of my STTNG when I got it a couple of years ago. I have finally decided to go about applying a new decal (which I have also had for a couple of years) and fixing some corner separation. As I started removing stuff from the front I realized there was a larger problem.
Looks like the front damage was caused by something torqueing on the gun/launcher, which also busted up the front corner of the cabinet. The damage was hack fixed at the back. Lots of missing wood. The front surface is very uneven around the area as well.
I think my best bet is to just replace the entire front of the cabinet rather than spending hours trying to fill, sand, etc. I am very new to this type of repair, not much for wood work, so any advice is welcome. Some questions:
1) Anyone have a video or a good description of how to safely remove the front of the cabinet without damaging the sides? The sides are in pretty good shape, and I have no side decals if I mess stuff up, so this is pretty important.
2) Type of wood? Have read other threads on here recommending 3/4" MDO. If I go with that can I just apply the new decal right over without any prep?
3) Is this even the right approach, or should I look at trying to repair existing damage?