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Restoration #1: Microscope box for Museum

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 04-19-2010 09:56 PM 1143 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The local museum I volunteer at has just acquired a microscope, late 19th or early 20th century. Unfortunately the box for it is in a bad state of repair

Hence the elastic bands holding it together and the damaged veneer on the top. Well the curator has asked me to repair the joints, clean it up but don’t repair the top. This is because the authenticity of the object would be lost. Heres the inside

Plenty of cleaning and a little repair to do here. I’ll probably be taking it apart, in order to clean the glue off the joints, before I clean it and glue it back together. I’ve ordered up some animal glue, for authenticity, so the fun should start soon. Keep watching.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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Cozmo35

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 10:00 PM

Looking forward to seeing the final product. I am sure you’ll do a great job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 10:10 PM

Cool project. Looks like fun. I look forward to hearing about your experiences.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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rons

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 11:51 PM

Hey Martyn I,m sure you’ll do a great job. keep us posted…Thanks Ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 01:47 AM

Looks like you’ve got a job ahead of you.

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 05:18 AM

Is this your first restoration for the museum? I know you volunteer there, but was curious if this request was outside the norm or not. Quite a honor to be trusted with such a delicate task.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 04-20-2010 03:19 PM

David – Yes its my first for the museum but I’ve done some before. Jenny, the curator is familiar with my work from other things I’ve made for them. I’ve also done some cleaning work on objects at the museum.

Autumn – The grain for the veneer on the top is opposing the wood underneath, which appears to be solid but I’ll find out if I need to take it apart. I would like to replace the veneer but the brief is to keep the box as original as possible. The box has slipfeatered mitre joints. The right lower side is totally loose and the slipfeathers are broken / missing. Its going to be fun replacing them. The internal work is mostly simple butt joints. Not the best of construction but once its back in one piece it’ll see a lot less wear in the museum than in its previous life.

Incidently I’m not doing the microscope cleanup but I hope to get at least one pic with it in situ once I’ve done my bit.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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lumberdustjohn

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#7 posted 04-20-2010 06:28 PM

Good luck,
Post the pictures together when completed ( before and after.)
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 04-21-2010 02:46 PM

Autumn – running the grain of substrate and veneer does allow for movement but you can open yourself up to cupping due to grain shrinkage if you dont get it right. I know I’ve suffered with this (or at least my work has) once or twice.

Regards

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 04-21-2010 11:13 PM

Yup thats the one. lol

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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