Antique oak lowboy

The antique 19th century oak lowboy come in for restoration, the lowboy was constructed from drown oak, unfortunately the top made from two planks of timber had shrunk and split. Their was some loose and missing cross grain mouldings to its edge . Along with quarter sawn crossbanding.

The top was removed , this was held in place by glue blocks from underneath the top and four dowel joints through the tops and into the legs. The two planks were loose and was gently removed from the base . We’re I could then rejoin the two boards back together , this involved planning a straight edge on to the boards before being glued and clamped back together, using hide glue. The edge gross grain mouldings and crossbanding was replaced using old timber and thinned down to the required size . The base would require a couple of loose joints to be reglued and clamped along with legs and y frame structure .

The biggest repair would be to remove the water mark to the top, leaving water a length of time will involve it going darker and black . And can be trouble in removing it . Once all repairs were carried out to the missing mouldings and oak inlays and was ready for the cleaning process, I. Old turn my attention to bleaching out the water marks. I used a oxlaic acid , mixed with water and painted on with a brush were a needed it . This was repeated several times and used some heat to help to quicken up the process . Once I was happy I could then clean back the old dirt and polish prior to reviving the surface and giving it a light polish. The old dirt was washed into the area I bleach helping to age the bleach timber . Doing this it doesn’t remove the age and character from a antique peace that using a paint stripper and sanding would co . I could then give it a light body of French polish and then cut back with wirewool and waxed afterwards to keep the looks and patina of period oak furniture you would expect to find in antiques.

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