Images below show a recent re-polishing project of a Georgian Oak and Mahogany cross-banded chest of drawers.
client had changed the decor of their house and the piece no longer
suited but once stripped back to bare natural colour the piece fits in
This Oak court cupboard from the 1920's came in for repair and repolishing. When it arrived it was coated in a thick heavy depressing dark stain, it was impossible to see the beautiful grain.
It was stripped back to bare wood, small repairs to the moulding were done where necessary and after a coat of light oak stain was applied the piece was repolished.
I never know in what condition a piece of furniture will arrive. In some cases I almost have a battle with the customer to convince them that the piece is worth saving.
These few pieces were all that remained of the fretwork gallery for a Walnut Davenport.
From those few pieces and studying the remaining side panels I was able to build up an idea of what the original panel would have looked like, 20 hours later this photo shows the finished piece fitted.
This painted Pine corner cupboard (circa 1830) had been found in an old barn with hens nesting in it.
Because of the numerous coats of paint and bird droppings, the
safest way to strip it was to immerse in a chemical tank. This way of
removing paint and finishes from wood is only suitable for Pine.
Once stripped I was able to repair where necessary, sand and then hand finish with a wax polish
I'm never sure what is under all the dirt and even if it is worth cleaning but something about this cornice told me I wouldn't be disappointed with result..................
....................and I wasn't! Underneath that dirt and muck was a beautiful solid Mahogany moulding with Satinwood and Ebony stringing.
Well worth the time and effort.
The biggest destroyer of antique furniture (after amateur repairs) is woodworm. Furniture can have this silent destructive insect eating away at it's heart for years before the grub finally makes it to the ouside, emerging only to find a fresh piece of furniture to play host to it's eggs and offspring.
When treating with woodworm killer every hole must be injected. The tale tale signs of active worm is a fine dust seen around a hole. These are exit holes but don't be fooled into thinking there are no more insects left in your furniture, there is always a chance that eggs were layed before leaving the seen of the crime!