crazy repair project

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Project by dan mosheim posted 05-18-2015 01:12 AM 1353 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this was an interesting and challenging repair. according to my client, the piece was made in the 1700’s in austria, escaped the russian invasion of hungary in 1956, and acquired by my client and her husband in australia in the late 60’s. from there it went to the coast of rhode island for about 40 years, and then recently to landgrove, vermont, where the owner lives now. somewhere along the line, the top of the piece was subjected to heat, extreme sunshine, and/or enough dryness to buckle/loosen the hand sawn veneer pieces on the top of the case. surprisingly, since the veneer was applied originally with hot hide glue, i was able to dislodge many of them, flatten the top in the process, reglue the pieces and install it all back on the original case, without disturbing the existing, french polish finish. the gods were smiling on me for taking this one on. the client was happy. there are about 15 more photos and an extensive description of the entire process on my dorset custom furniture blog. here's a link to the post.

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 01:46 AM

I’m speechless – an incredibly, wonderful job – your customer must be very pleased.

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 02:12 AM

Absolutely amazing restoration. My respects and congratulations

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 02:52 AM


That’s a fabulous restoration and a very ingenious veneer press!


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#4 posted 05-18-2015 04:48 AM

Awesome! That has to be the save of saves!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 06:46 AM

This looks very good. Outstanding work.


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#6 posted 05-18-2015 12:11 PM

Owners brought the piece to the right guy for repairs. Well done Dan.

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#7 posted 05-18-2015 01:06 PM

Well that’s one way to flatten warped veneer! Amazing, that top came out incredible and without harming the integrity of the original. Love the history of it’s journey and you are now a huge part of it’s continued journey. Great job!

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#8 posted 05-18-2015 01:45 PM

I wouldn[t have even dreamed this was repairable let alone restorable. Most wonderful save. Your press made me laugh, good thinking

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#9 posted 05-18-2015 02:20 PM

Great save. They sure had the right guy for this job!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 05-18-2015 02:28 PM

A job very well done. Love that press.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 05-18-2015 02:33 PM

Nice save! More importantly, I’ve GOT to remember that press idea!

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#12 posted 05-18-2015 02:33 PM

Dan this result doesn’t surprise me as your work is amazing! I would have been scared to death to take this on. Way to hit this out of the park, by preserving history. I can see why they’re happy and hope they appreciate what a true save this was.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 05-18-2015 03:16 PM

Wow, what a difference in the “before” and “after” photos!

And I LOVE how you did the press. I thought I was the only one who came up with simple (yet crazy) ideas like that :-)

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#14 posted 05-18-2015 05:26 PM


Nice “outside the box solution. You gave a classic piece new life. You are a master with wood!

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#15 posted 05-18-2015 06:17 PM

The fact you’re a genius I’ll give you but who has that many bottle jacks.? Great job

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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