Antique burr walnut breakfast table restoration

This lovely quality Victorian table made by T .H. FILMER and son of London come in for restoration and French polishing after years of being left in sunlight damage. This had caused damaged to the veneers to the top , causing veneers to crack and blister and causing. The Timber to fade and loose its colour . The base had suffered similar problem and also caused some old repairs to dry out and come apart .The first job was to restore the top . The loose and cracked veneers had thinned down scotch glue injected underneath the veneer. Before applying weight over night to flatten the veneer. The next day the weight were removed before some veneers were ironed down . This softened the glue underneath the veneer allowing the veneer to be laced backed down .

The pedestal base was the next to be restored. This was made in sections the cross stretchers with carved feet ,4 carved columns and turned central column. These were all held together by large screws. Taking this apart helped me to repair the cracked rail and clean each individual part ,prior to being French polished. Only when taking this apart I discovered the base had some holes were plugged and on closer inspection discovered that this was from the cabinet maker making a small error upon the table being made originally. These were drilled in the wrong place and were plugged afterwards.

New holes were drilled in position for the columns to line up with the top of the base. After the old glue ( modern p.v.a )was removed from the brake the joint was reglued using scotch glue and the next day a beech dowel was drilled and fitted to the repair,helping to strengthen the repair .After all repairs were carried out and levelled the table and base were ready to be cleaned and French polished . This process using methylated spirit and wire wool, cleaned the old dirt and polish from the surface with out complete stripping the wood back to the Timber and allowed the colour to come back in to the wood . Once this was dry I could begin French polishing this process of using shellac based polish with a rubber . Will give the depth of shine to the wood allowing the colour of the Timber to come out again . This process is under over a period of days, allowing the polishing to be built up then drying and letting this sinking into the wood and more being applied if necessary.

Once this was done the table was then waxed using my own beeswax Formula. This will reduce the shine from the freshly French polished table but still maintain a sheen and depth of shine you expect with antique furniture . The brass casters were cleaned and oiled and the to screw bolts were put back on place ,connecting the table base and top together agin and now it was ready for delivery back to the customer.

Daniel Chapman antique furniture restoration

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