A view of the finished cabinet
A technique developed by Charles André Boulle as a method of cutting multiple layers of brass sheet and 'tortoiseshell' (actually;;y turtleshell) and making up marquetry panels using all pieces, where one panel would have the main pattern in brass and the other would have the main section in tortoiseshell. Waste not, want not!
This photo is off a Victorian commode that I did.
All new rubber webbing sourced and fitted.
The webs are bought at specific different lengths. In this model the webs have a loop at each end and are held in place by inserting a dowel peg through the loops when they are stretched and the ends fed down the slot at each end. Ridiculously difficult to stretch them between slots enough to feed in the dowels.
The client had bought some later seventeenth century oak panelling (2 sections) from an antique dealer and wanted it fitted to a wall in his bedroom of his C18th farmhouse.
Had to knock it apart (pegged joints) to get it into the farmhouse, then re-peg it back together. I was able to use almost all the original pegs and only had to make three replacements.
Fortuitously the panelling was virtually the same height as the room (!), only needing a little shave in two places to account for the uneven floor and ceiling.
The two sections weren't long enough to fully fit the width of the room but the dealer had thrown in a narrow section of shorter panelling of the same mouldings and another piece of similar panelling, so I was able to make up a 22" section to fit the gap using the spare parts and only having to make a 36" section of upright from new oak. I scratched to mouldings in to the new section with my home-made scratch stock using a blade I had filed to the shape of the original moulding. That's how they would have done it originally.
Put everything up, then cleaned it all, stained the new piece to match and sealed it, then oiled it all with boiled linseed oil, let it oxidise for a few days then built a wax finish. This preserved the patina and brought out the rich colouring and beauty of the old oak.
Just wanted to say to you all that I haven't forgotten you!
In these strange times I have been a little preoccupied (!), as have we all.
My business has ground to a halt as I cannot return any commissions (and get paid), nor can I collect any new commissions either.
So I'm getting on with working on the commissions that I have already got in my workshop.
I'll try to be a little more assiduous in posting in this blog from now on. Don't want you to think I am ignoring you all ;-)
Don't forget, you all can post comments, questions, problems in this blog as well. If you have any questions I'll try to get back to you and answer then quickly.
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Coffee table after polishing.
Finished with acid-catalysed lacquer, 90% sheen.
This fulfilled the client's requirements as A/C lacquer is a cross-linking polymer that cures chemically when the catalyst is mixed in to create a non-reversible bond. This means that it isn't affected by moisture, alcohols and most chemical solvents or heat (to a reasonable level e.g. hot coffee cups at 90C) - very practical in a household environment - and as I chose a 90% sheen lacquer it produced a high gloss finish.
Multiple coats, rubbed down between with 320 grit abrasive paper and a cork block, has left a flat surface that gives a true, clear reflection.
If you want your dining table restored and/or French polished for Christmas you need to book it in before 7th December to make sure it can be guaranteed to be ready before 25th December I may be able to to fit it in if you book it in after the 7th. Call me on 01625-576007.
Little spindle back armchair and a pierced seat rocker.
Rocking chair had a broken rocker. Made a new one, fitted it and coloured and finished it to match.
Spindle back had all the joints on the left side broken. Repaired them with a metal dowel insert as they are so thin in section - around 12mm diameter. Seat had only a wooden board when it came to me so wove a freshwater rush seat as that was what it would have had originally.
Very nice little chairs.
There's still time to book your piece(s) in for restoration by Xmas.
The Dining table is the very focal spot for the family Christmas Dinner.
Let me restore your table and bring new life to it. It can be re-finished in shellac, wax or lacquer. You can choose an acid-catalysed lacquer finish which pretty much impervious to water, alcohols and heat.
To guarantee it to be ready before Christmas, don't leave it too late to book it in.
Call me on 01625-576007 at any time.
Nice Victorian table. A tilt-top table on a pedestal base. Loo was a very popular card game amongst Victorian ladies.
Rebuilt shellac finish after being damage by spilling nail varnish remover, which had partially stripped the original finish off.
Re-rushed in Dutch fresh water rush, then sealed to leave it cleanable in the future.
We can create a new rush seat using traditional materials and techniques.
We also can 'rush' a seat with artificial 'paper' rush.
It is very time consuming, but I am always pleased to prolong the useful life of a good chair such as this one. Can expect another 70+ years of regular use from it now.