I recently received an Oak dining room table in my shop that was made around 1920, probably in England.It is similar to an earlier table I worked on, which can be seen in the link below:
Both tables are made in the style of 17th century Oak English Furniture and are dubbed "Elizabethan Revival" by those who name furniture periods. This table was a good deal larger than the table I linked to above and would qualify as a dining table, due to it's size. Like the previous table, the top had quartersawn Oak veneer glued to a substrate which was framed with solid Oak ends that were mitered at the corners. The top had two draw leaves which pulled out from either side and would move into the proper position to extend the table by about four feet.
Over all, the condition of the table was pretty good and It showed signs of being worked on in the past, the finish had definitely been replaced at some point which was evident due to the presence of stripper marks on the underside of the table. The main issue was a worn finish on the top and some missing and loose veneer. The base also had some large cracks that needed to be filled. The finish on the apron and the base was nice enough to restore, so the surfaces I refinished were the top and the draw leaves. Below are some photos of the process.
Here is a photo of the top of the table as it came to me,
The finish on the base was cleaned with mineral spirits, and then alcohol. I then applied finish to the old finish to clean it up. This photo was taken during the cleaning process.
These last four photos show the table completed with a French polish shellac finish. The very last photo shows the quartersawn Oak veneer well.
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