Table restoration

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Project by sugarpine posted 02-21-2016 01:38 AM 1075 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Grandpa decided that this occasional table would serve them better as a coffee table. Out came a
hand saw or possibly a power saw and 10 inches was crudely and crookedly cut off the top of each
leg and the center spindle. The top got screwed back on to the ugly tops of the legs and it became a
coffee table. Grandma wasn’t pleased. I was tasked with returning it to its original height. Fortunately
Grandpa had saved the cut off sections. After all legs were removed I squared up the crooked cut
installed dowels in the ends and glued them back together. Some carving and reshaping was require
to blend the joints together. Some were cut so crudely that squaring the ends removed a lot of material
so shims had to be fashioned to restore the legs to their original length. It was a english piece.
The dowels that held it all together were 10 mm. Numerous dowels were sheared off and had to
be drilled out and replaced with 7/16” dowels.

Just another day at the office.

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 02-21-2016 04:43 AM

I cringed when I read what Gpa did! But you were up to the challenge and the table will have quite a story to tell.

My husband has made a few reproductions of that table style. We copied the pattern off a table that was in a little country church (built in the 1800s) where he preached a few years back. I’d love to have the real antique, but I’m very pleased with the one he made for me:


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#2 posted 02-21-2016 01:26 PM

Really fantastic work on this restoration, great job of creating what was once a whole table. The details are really good, can’t detect the seam on joinery.
Restoration offers opportunities for thinking out of the box, challenges in how to accomplish the correct end results with the damages of time and destruction. You did this very well.

Now, go take grandpa’s saw off of him.

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 02:21 PM

ha ha – i cringed as well – nice save!

-- Greg Simon

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