|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 01-09-2012 01:26 AM||1087 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
This restoration came out nice – back from our 2009 Photo archive. The client didn’t realize how nice the inlay was hidden under all that dead finish. This whole “don’t touch it” concept with furniture baffles me.
Do any of you see anyone driving around inf a Ford Model T bragging about having the original oil? I mean if the finish is perfect fine keep it as is, don’t remove shellac to put on polyurethane! But when you have something that is falling apart and just plain dead looking with veneer peeling all over and cracks forming from it being so dry FIX IT!
Fresh shellac (and as discussions have started this came from www.shellac.net …) and a Waterlox tung oil finish we brought this piece back to life. New veneer on the edges, a few touch up repairs on other veneer, we fixed the cracks in the top surface, remounted the doors, reglued the drawers, etc.
Now it’s functional and good for another few generations!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com