Circa 1940 chairs arrived in our studio in desperate need of repair. The first step was to remove all of the original seat springs, webbing, and horse hair cushions. Next the chairs were taken apart and joints rebuilt as needed. Then back to the upholstery shop for a complete retie of the springs and application of a beautiful fabric. Let’s just say this room is a one of a kind! Wonderful fabric, paint and antique furniture recommendations from Alcott Interiors here in Nashville.
Black Walnut slab, locally harvested.
More details to follow…..
Vintage chair leg was severely damaged by a dog. The damaged area was removed with hand tools and then a patch made from old mahogany was scarfed in and secured with hide glue. Carving followed by tinted shellac makes the repair almost invisible.
Great example of Bee Hive leg on this mid 1800’s linen press restored this week. The interior of the case was damaged as a result of side shear forces when the case was slid on the floor and not picked up for relocation. The photo on the left demonstrates the clamping process as the wood is stabilized and moved into place after hide glue is utilized.
Always need more clamps
Bee Hive Leg
George now has his very own table!
Dog Table 2
Big Dog Table 1
Walnut Kitchen Table
Walnut Kitchen Table 2
This past weekend the finishing touches were put on the walnut slab table for the kitchen. The tree was purchased from a local sawyer, harvested here in Nashville. After drying for about 4 years the slab was planned to thickness and then jointed as described in an earlier post. Used a classic historic finish of beeswax, and shellac. Spectacular results.
Walnut Kitchen Table 3
Bathroom vanity ready for faux finisher.
This past Friday I inherited a vintage Powermatic Bandsaw. It is missing the emblem that would document the model and serial number, but I believe it is a model 80, and was made in McMinnville TN about 1958. The saw has had only one previous owner and was used in an Antique restoration business located in Chattanooga TN. Over the next few months I plan to document the restoration of this gem and post photos and descriptions so please send me your comments if you have any questions.
After years of exposure to sun, oxygen, dust, mice, and daily use this family treasure was in need of a full restoration. The first photo shows the cabinet just prior to removal of the original finish. The finish was so oxidized that the beauty beneath was invisible.
The second photo is a drawer front after the finish was removed, but prior to the veneer repairs. Note the holes where nails were used to secure the veneer a very long time ago.
The last photo shows the restored cabinet returned to the customer.
Chest of Drawers before finish removal
drawer front veneer repair