Restored Telephone Table

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Project by gdoherty posted 07-20-2016 02:56 PM 1246 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A completely torn-down and restored telephone table. I’m guessing from the 1930s-40s, but I can’t be certain. (I’ll upload a photo of the original label later.) No stripper was used on this – all hand-sanded back to the original wood (probably a poor idea, looking back). The original color was left in the grooves of the ornamental flower on the seat for a nice contrast. The stain is Minwax Sedona Red, and it was sealed with six coats of wipe-on gloss poly with light sanding between coats. The seat was trashed, so it was completely replaced. Unfortunately, the lovely needlework in the original seat also could not be saved.

The last image is what it looked like when the person I got it from gave it to me. It was found on the streets of Madison, WI and sat in that person’s garage for two years before making its way to New York.

If you’re in the New York City area, this piece is for sale. Message me for details. I can deliver out to northern NJ, Orange and Rockland, north to Putnam County and east to Long Island.

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-21-2016 12:42 AM

awesome job bringing this back
I like the modern touch on the upolstery design

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 07-21-2016 12:50 AM

It’s a shame that a nice piece of furniture like this would get tossed out into the street…...

Looks like you did a great job of restoring it to its former glory!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 07-21-2016 02:04 AM

I’d love to build one, can you e-mail me some pictures its a beautiful piece!
Brings back many memories of a time gone by.

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#4 posted 07-21-2016 02:43 AM

You did an excellent job of bringing this piece back to life. I would love to build this some day, too.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#5 posted 07-21-2016 07:38 AM

Realy incredible restauration job – it looks as new! The ’’old timer’’ design is realy beautiful, realy classic piece of furniture.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 07-21-2016 08:47 AM

Great rebuild, Most wouldn’t know what this is. I Love this!!!!!!!!

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

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#7 posted 07-21-2016 11:17 AM

This is a very nice job! And a great save of a fascinating piece of furniture!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#8 posted 07-21-2016 12:16 PM

This is AWESOME! Gorgeous. Too bad no one sits down to talk on the phone any more. Wait, no one even uses their phone TO TALK….

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#9 posted 07-21-2016 01:28 PM

great work

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#10 posted 03-24-2017 07:42 PM

Not sure how I missed this before-you did an amazing job bringing this classic piece back to life. The finish looks great and the contrast of the original color in the flower is an awesome detail.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#11 posted 03-24-2017 08:20 PM

So sorry for the long reply time, but thank you for all the comments! I’m very proud of this piece.

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