Victorian walnut card table restoration


This card table come in for restoration after being purchased through a local auction room, by the client. The table was in a reasonable condition for its age. The top was a book matched veneered top in four sections with inlays to the corners and a boxwood line around the outside . The base was on two turned columns with carved feet and turned central rail.

The top veneer had blistered and cracked causing veneers to lift, this is a common issue with walnut veneer and is commonly found with walnut. Some of the boxwood line was missing and would require some new line to be cut and fitted . Inside of the top that would open to reveal green Baize with a leather edging had unfortunately, worn out with sunlight and this was most likely to have been the original interior to the card table, but both would need to be replaced.

My first was removing the top and checking for damage to base, the base had a couple of loose joints, the old glue was removed and fresh scotch glue was used during rebuild. Then I turned my attention to the top and attention to the blistered veneers . I injected warm water under neath the veneers to remove old glue and dirt before being able to use a thin scotch glue to lay the blistered veneer down, with some weight . It was left over night before removing .

During the repairs to the top veneers, I could replace the. Issuing boxwood line. Around the edge were some veneer missing , these were repaired and I turned my attention to the inside. The green Basie was removed and the old glue removed ready for the new Basie to be applied once all the restoration and polishing was done. After all repairs were carried out the table was cleaned to remove the old polish and dirt. After allowing to dry I used a fine wire wool to remove any last traces of dirt from the wood, before I began to French polish the card table.

The process of French polish was done over a period of a week. Giving time for the polish to harden before lightly sanding back and building up the polish to fill the grain of the figured walnut. Once I was happy with the finish of the table, I could then wax the table to give the depth of sheen,without looking like it’s be over restored. Then I could lay the new green Basie inside the card table .

The gold edging was made using leather and a leather tooling wheel to produce the edging before being cut and fitted to the outside of the edging. Then the green Basie was fitted and glued down doing one side at time before the other . Now the card table was ready again for your next game or as commonly most people using the table as a side table .

For all work and restoration required on card tables like this or other antique furniture, quotes can be provided free of charge and happy to discuss the restoration needed with you.



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