Woodworking books for 2016

51Lb+w3sRtL._SX363_BO1,204,203,200_New to my woodworking library, this book will be a source of inspiration in our library.  For a very long time I been drawn to the simplicity of George Naskashima’s design.  While there are wonderful drawings and excellent photographs, it is the story and philosophy that engaged me in this book.

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Upholstered Chair Restoration

Upholstered ChairCirca 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.

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Walnut Slab coming soon…

FullSizeRender.jpgBlack Walnut slab, locally harvested.

More details to follow…..

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Chair leg repair

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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.

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Bee Hive Leg

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

Always need more clamps

Bee Hive Leg

Bee Hive Leg

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Big Dog, Big Table

George now has his very own table!

Walnut slab

Dog Table 2

Dog Table 2

Big Dog Table 1

Big Dog Table 1

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Walnut Table with Cast Iron Legs

Walnut Kitchen Table

Walnut Kitchen Table

Walnut Kitchen Table 2

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

Walnut Kitchen Table 3

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Bathroom Vanity

FullSizeRender-1Bathroom vanity ready for faux finisher.

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Powermatic Vintage Bandsaw

Powermatic 80This 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.

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