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  • boulle
    26/07/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Boulle Cabinet

    A view of the finished cabinet

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  • marquetry
    26/07/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Boulle work - brass and tortoiseshell marquetry

    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.

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  • 03/05/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Keep in touch!

    Don't forget you can follow J D Worrall (Conservation) on Facebook [www.facebook.com/restorer333]

    https://www.facebook.com/restorer333/

    for lots of stuff about furniture repair Macclesfield, french polishing Wilmslow, furniture restoration Prestbury etc. etc.

    https://www.facebook.com/restorer333

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  • 26/04/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Ercol 3 seater Sofa - finished

    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.

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  • 26/04/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Ercol 3 seater Sofa

    Looking a little (!) tired. All the rubberised webbing perished.

    Next post is the finished item.

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  • 19/04/2020 0 Comments
    Piano Stool - after

    So, all joints now secure, finish as light as possible, reupholstered.

    An item from my client's childhood brought back to life, and finished to fit into her current home.

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  • 19/04/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Piano Stool

    A photo of the 'before'. 

    All (!) loose joints knocked apart.

    Client wanted it as light in colour as possible, and reupholstered in the fabric she supplied.

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  • 14/04/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    C17th oak panelling - new section

    The finished new section I made to fit in the gap between the original two sections of panelling and the wall.

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  • 14/04/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    C17th Oak panelling - supplied spare section

    The 'extra' bit the antique dealer gave to my client, before modification

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  • Oak panelling, oak, architectural restoration
    14/04/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    C17th Oak Panelling

    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.

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  • #cabinet making #cabinet maker #music stand
    03/04/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Duet music stand

    This is a duet music stand I designed and made for a client, from American black walnut.

    Finished by French polishing with shellac button polish.

    Great fun!

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  • 01/04/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Strange times

    Hi.

    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.


    Keep watching this and my FaceBook page [ J D Worrall (Conservation) ].

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  • furniture repair wilmslow
    16/03/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Victorian Banjo Barometer

    This was painted black when it came in.

    Stripped of paint, french polished with shellac.

    Various small repairs to damage to wood, stripped screw holes for the bezel screws etc.

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  • 07/03/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Modern Veneered Coffee table (after polishing)

    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.

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  • table restoration , table polishing , french polishing , coffee table
    07/03/2020 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Modern Veneered Coffee table (before polishing)

    Veneered coffee table after preparation, and before polishing.

    Client wants a high-build, high gloss finish that won't be marked by carelessly placed hot coffee cups or spillages.

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  • 12/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa finished

    Sofa back with it's owners

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  • 12/12/2019 0 Comments
    Sofa finished

    Finished

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  • 12/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa finished!

    Rope twist edging braid applied where wanted, sofa finished. At last!

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  • 12/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa rebuild continues

    White cotton wadding fitted over seat and arms.

    Top cover being applied.

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  • 12/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa rebuild continues

    Cotton wadding fitted over hessian, then Top cover cut and fitted to backrest.

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  • 12/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa rebuild continues

    Hessian tacked over the horsehair. Hair regulated.

    Eges stitched up.

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  • 12/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa rebuild continues

    Stuffing the backrest with horsehair

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  • 10/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa (still) in need of work!

    4 rows of stitching all round the seat, then rolled edge stitched up.

    Hessian on the backrest to receive horsehair.

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  • 10/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa (still) in need of work!

    Hessian applied over horsehair. 

    Edge stitching underway.

    There's a lot of stitching in one of these!

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  • 10/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa (still) in need of work!

    Hessian fixed over springs, and horsehair carded and fixed to hessian with a running stitch loops of twine

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  • 10/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa (still) in need of work!

    Seat webbing fixed on and coil springs lashed to the webbing, then the tops of the springs lashed together

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  • 10/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa (still) in need of work!

    All stripped out and ready for re-build

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  • 10/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa in need of work!

    Stripping it out. Everything collapsed inside.

    Bit of a mess!

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  • settee restoration, sofa restoration, upholstery
    10/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Sofa in need of work!

    Here's a rather tired Edwardian Sofa.

    Broken leg, collapsed upholstery, just old and tired.

    Ready to start.

    Following posts will go through the stages.

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  • 07/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Social Media, folks!

    Just so you know, we have a J D Worrall (Conservation) Facebook page.


    https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=j%20d%20wor...

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  • 04/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    'Tis the season to be jolly.

    I can restore your dining table and make it a thing of beauty, ready to gather your family and friends around this Christmas.

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  • 02/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Table restoration for Christmas

    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.

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  • 01/12/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Child's Chairs

    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.

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  • 23/11/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    In time for Christmas!

    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.

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  • 23/11/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Child's Chairs

    Little rocking chair: Rocker broken. Made and fitted and coloured new rocker.

    Small hoop-back Armchair: Left arm, rail, stretcher joints broken. Secured broken joints: built rush seat using freshwater rush, using traditional techniques.

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  • 06/10/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Inlaid Stool

    Not a special piece (except to the owner!) but just a nice little stool.

    Broken leg rebuilt and secured, cleaned and waxed.

    All it needed - honest little stool.

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  • 23/09/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    More of the painted furniture

    Large stool from the collection of matching furniture from Pakistan

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  • 23/09/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Painted Furniture

    Prepared and spray painted with pre-catalysed lacquer paint. Gold highlights.

    Upholstered and piped.

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  • 16/09/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Rebuilding Persian Inlaid Table

    Inlaid with ivory and various woods.

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  • 30/08/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Eames Chair after Restoration

    Chair and stool after restoration

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  • 30/08/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Eames Chair after restoration

    Broken wing repaired, new rubber mounts fitted, woodwork cleaned and finish revived, leather cleaned and colour and finish returned to it.

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  • Eames chair
    26/08/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Restoration of Eames Chair - before

    Before restoration.

    Break on one supporting wing of backrest.

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  • Eames Chair
    24/08/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Eames Chair before Restoration

    Eames Chair before restoration.

    One backrest supporting wing is snapped off.

    Whole chair in very poor condition.

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  • 18/08/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Small Mahogany Occasional Table

    A little table, finished with a shellac high gloss/build finish, to the customer's requirements.

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  • 28/07/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Burr Walnut Loo Table

    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.

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  • 24/07/2019 0 Comments
    Daimler Glove Box

    Another view

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  • car woodwork, car interior, car French polishing
    24/07/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Daimler Glove Box

    Bringing beauty back to a classic car interior

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  • Rush seat, cane seat, wicker chair
    13/06/2019 0 Comments
    C19th Rush Seated Ash Rocking Chair

    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.

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  • 13/06/2019 0 Comments
    Waiting time very reduced

    Restoration without the wait

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  • 09/06/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Little Mahogany Tripod Occasional Table

    Nice little table; just cleaned, joints tightened, finish rebuilt (shellac) where missing and blended in, waxed.

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  • 06/06/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Corner Chair (2)

    The 'after' photo.

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  • 06/06/2019 - John Worrall 0 Comments
    Corner Chair

    Little project given to me.

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  • 19/05/2019 - J D Worrall (Conservation) 0 Comments
    Scottish Gilt Mirror after restoration

    Here's the mirror after restoration and gilding.

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  • 19/05/2019 - J D Worrall (Conservation) 0 Comments
    Carved and Gilded Mirror

    This pic is before restoration.


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  • french polish
    22/02/2019 - JD Worrall Conservation 0 Comments
    French Polish & Furniture Restoration

    Dining suite ebonised and restored.

    Table made to order

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