Category Archives: Repairs

Leather Top Table ( More Carving like a machine )

This is a low table, factory made, machine carved, it was built sometime in the first half of the twentieth century. It came in to the shop missing one leg otherwise in fair condition. One of the existing legs was … Continue reading

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Carving like a machine ( game table )

A game table probably from the 1940s missing one leg and parts of the other three. The challenge here is to hand carve parts that look like they were carved by a machine. I cut poplar blocks for the missing … Continue reading

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The Miniature ( Dog Cart 2 )

Where we left off the last time, the new spokes are installed. Here is the complete running gear. The cart with all the new parts. In addition to the obvious wooden parts a few metal pieces were also made. Coloring … Continue reading

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The Miniature ( Dog Cart, part 1)

A dog cart made by the Birdsell Manufacturing co. These carts were made very much like the full size wagons the company made. They were popular from the 1870s to the 1920s. They were even sold through the Sears Roebuck … Continue reading

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Dresser

The Erie canal was completed on October 26, 1825, it’s completion opened the areas west of theĀ Appalachian Mountains to settlement and trade. Shortly after, Milwaukee began as a Great Lakes port and further opened the Midwest to a second migration … Continue reading

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Upholstery Repair ( damaged tack edge )

A recurring problem in the repair of upholstered furniture is the degradation of the edges where the upholstery is tacked to the piece. Many upholsterers are not wood workers, so when removing old upholstery you never know what you will … Continue reading

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Finish Reamalgamation [ just one advantage of shellac ]

This is a Victorian dresser that came in to be restored, luckily it had it’s original shellac finish so it could be repaired and not refinished. One of the advantages of shellac and lacquer is that they can be re-amalgamated. … Continue reading

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