Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Tables Have Been Turned....

Working on two tables at a time has been fun. This first one is a Connecticut River Valley Queen Anne walnut candlestand. My pole lathe has worked beautifully for the pedestal turning.

Gluing up the top

Cutting the sliding dovetails into the pedestal.

The classic Queen Anne cabriole leg with slipper foot.

Standing sans top

And these guys are for Eden's tavern table. Now for their mortises!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Snapshot of a Typical Workday

Friday, March 23rd, 2013 -

Delivered two cafe tables, installed maple plugs on fall front desk lid, made assessment and proposal on client's chair, sanded two new cafe tables, fabricating brass corners for campaign chest, cut sliding dovetail and began shaping one cabriole leg for my Queen Anne candlestand, came home to begin polishing brasses at my desk while catching up on conversation with my wife. I love my job.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tavern Table and Maple Syrupping

Eden with his licorice pipe to be like Papa.

I’ve begun building Eden a small oval top “tavern” table for use as a writing /craft table. Since I have some poplar leftover from the bed build, I will use that. It will be a poplar base with an 18” wide one board top. I currently have two legs done. And let me tell you, this one’s going a lot faster than the bed. The small stock really make a difference. My rate this time is about two hours per leg. Still not flying but a lot better than last time.

This is the table I am basing it on. This image is sourced at AAAWT and they have a number of other examples to view here: AAAWT Tavern Tables.

On the homefront… We’ve been tapping our few maple trees. It has been pretty fun. We rigged up a rusty old $25 woodstove, surrounded it with concrete blocks, and stuck a short stove pipe on it. With a little fussing it works pretty well. This afternoon, Julia finished off our first quart of syrup! Hmmmm…. I see pancakes in my near future.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Looking Forward to this Afternoon's Delivery...

30 years of sun battering the finish will do this.

Bringing it to a restorer will do this.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

19th C. Chippendale Corner Chair

Object Description: 19th Century Chippendale Corner Chair

Object Condition: The chair was received in overall distressed condition. There were large areas of color and coating loss on both arms and the crest rail and minor loss on acanthus carving of knees. The coating on the back was severely water damaged, leaving a cloudy appearance (blooming).

The front and proper right legs were considerably loose. The rush seat was completely broken through with no structural integrity remaining.

Object Treatment: The rush seat was completely removed and the frame set aside for cleaning. The entire chair was vacuumed with a brush attachment before liquid cleaning. The first stage of liquid cleaning was an aqueous Vulpex solution rinsed with distilled H2O followed by a petroleum distillate cleaning (VM&P Naphtha).

Next the front and proper right legs were disassembled using hot water and wedging leverage. After a few dowels were repaired and the joints cleaned the two legs were reglued using hot hide glue.

Color loss was addressed with application of NGR dye carried in ethanol over the chair’s entire surface. After dried, the color was further added by means of oil based pigmented stain in the same manner as the dye. Once the color was restored, two coats of orange waxy shellac with flattening agent were brushed on. After curing, the final surface was lightly scuff sanded with “very fine” synthetic steel wool and paste waxed with #0000 Liberon Steel Wool.

Finally, a new fibre rush seat was woven onto frame and the finished seat received one coat of flattened shellac.