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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Before and after

Realizing that each entry pushes the old ones further down the list I though it would be nice to repost photos of the table and chest I recently completed with before and after shots. Here they are. For a look at the whole process you can scroll down the sites to my previous entries.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Upholstering the side chairs

After the chairs were glued and cleaned I recovered the seats with new fabric that the customer picked out. I have shown the process and the finished product below.

The first step was to remove the old fabric .

The new fabric is measured and cut.
The fabric is tacked to the seat.

Tacks are removed and staples put in place. After the cuts are made black polyester fabric covers the underside of the chairs.

The comleted seat on the chair which has been cleaned and waxed.

Reproduction Queen Anne Side Chairs

A customer brought me a set of 5 reproduction queen anne side chairs. These chairs were only built in 1996, but they had had several owners and had seen better days. The Photos below show the gluing of the chairs.
To properly glue a chair, the loose joinery must first be taken apart and cleaned of all of the old glue.

The five chairs having been reglued. The chairs are clamped with band clamps.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Patching a Broken Foot

Here are some photos of a table I am working on now. The first thing I had to do was to repair the broken foot. This was done by patching in new wood (cherry) on either side of the break. This gives the break more strenth which is good since the foot gets all of the weight!

The Break in the leg

Initial gluing of the breakPathes dry fit into place before trimming
Gluing the patches in place

the finished product

Here are photos of the Chest and Table finished. A little research on the table design places it in the American Empire period (ca. 1840-1860) Each piece has paste wax applied to the finish to protect the French Polish underneath


French Polishing the chest and table

Here are some pictures of the chest and the table during the finishing process. Each coat is put on very thin and then abraided once it has dried. The packaging tape around the runners is to keep finish from gettting on the runner system.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Cherry Finial

A fellow woodworker came to me recently and asked me to turn a flame and urn finial for the headboard of a bed he was building. He said that he would handle the carved elements but asked me to do the turning. He provided the following template and a cherry turning blank. The first step in the process was to turn the blank into a cylinder. the blank was large enough to accomodate two turnings so I turned the whole blank so I would have a back up in the event of a mistake.Below is a photo of the blank turned to a rough cylinder.After completing the urn section, I turned most of the flame part. the next step was to sand as much as possible before removing the blank section . The last step would be finishing the flame tip, sanding the rest of the piece and turning down the tenon at the bottom. This is saved for last because it is the thinnest part of the turning and because of it's location in the finial, the weakest. Below is a photo of the completed turning, sanded and ready for carving, The Finial will get finished later after the carving is completed.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

repairing the Walnut Chest

I have added four photos of the repair work done to the walnut chest. The first is regluing the joinery of one of the drawers. the second is gluing down loose veneer on part of the mirror stand. The third is four new interior runners set next to three worn runners (worn runners are to the right) and the fourth picture is of two parts of the mirror stand. the one on the right has been stained. The reason for this is that the chest is made from two woods, to reconcile this in the factory, the manufacturer adds stain into the finish and basically paints the entire piece. to reveal the natural color and beauty of the walnut veneer, I selectively stain the piece so that all parts match.

Sanding the Oak Table

The next step in the process is sanding. Because the table had so much water damage this meant startin g at 80 grit sanpaper and sanding through the grits on up to 320 ( 80,100,120,150,220,320!) All sanding was done by hand with a sanding block. I have included a photo of the apron with one half sanded and the other not, a photo of the legs after they have been sanded, and the sanded table reunited with its legs and it's three leaves!

Initial Work

The first task in the restoration of these two pieces was to remove the damaged finish. With the table, most of the finish was removed at some point, and all that was left was some finish on the legs and apron. Once I had the finish removed I sanded the table to remove the water damage (seen in the photo below) and sanded the legs to remove finish and stripper residue. I decided to mount the legs in the lathe to sand an repair them. This stabilized them and gave me the opportunity to really inspect them for damage

As for the chest of drawers, All of the finish had to be removed. You can see the condition of the existing finish on the top of the chest in the photo below. There is also a photo of the chest once the finish was removed.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Walnut chest of drawers and oak table

Here is a walnut dresser with mirror and an oak kitchen table that I am currently working on. The table came partially stripped but with water damage on the top. both pieces will be stripped of their old finish, sanded, selectively stained and french polished. The table will also get a new set of brass casters. I will post more photos as the work progresses.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Walnut Recipe Stands

Here are some recipe stands I made for a client over the Christmas holiday. They were a lot of fun to conceptualize. The bases are turned on the lathe and the tops were two pieces of wood joined at an angle.