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 Chairs for restoring

This late 1800s Oak hall chair, with caned back and seat needed some attention as a couple of spindle joints were loose so were re-glued. Finally, a thorough wax polish brought it back to a good finish showing the turned legs and carving to it's best advantage. This chair demonstrates the skills of the maker in wood turning by producing different shapes on the legs and again in the fine finials on the back etc. also the carving of the lions head terminals on the top of the chair. A very pretty example in the use of earlier period shapes of furniture design.
 Chair Before          Chair After


The Windsor chair below dates from around the late 1800s to early 1900 and is constructed of Elm, Ash and Beech. More expensive ones would have been made using Yew Wood especially on the arms. The name Windsor chairs came about in the Seventeenth Century when locally made chairs were shipped from Windsor downstream to London for sale in the markets there. The Windsor chair also proved popular as a design in North America from early times. Windsor chairs have been made in many forms but the style we know today (the Stickback Double Bow) is acknowledged as the true classic Windsor Chair and is much sought after for its comfort, style and above all durability.

The chair shown, in the before and after photos came to me in pieces, due to the glue having dried out and therefore needed to be reconstructed with new glued joints and then a wax polish, which has made it good for another 100 years.

 Chair Before          Chair After

With their shaped Cabriole legs and intricate carved backs these chairs needed cleaning and again re-polishing. The old upholstery was removed, any loose joints were glued and new webbing, stuffing etc. was replaced. They date from around 1840-1850 and are a very attractive set of four.


The table needed to be cleaned and restored to be used again as a family piece. The top had split apart where it had been originally joined so needed to be re-glued and clamped back into place.
It was then cleaned and re-polished along with the reeded legs to make it a very useful and attractive table.

This 1930s solid oak extending dining table required the surface finish to be completely stripped off by hand, as the owners request was to lighten the whole appearance.

This was done by using a strong varnish remover and lifting off with steel wool when softened. The effect off using the steel wool not only removes all the old varnish but also leaves the wood very smooth for final polishing. This process does not in anyway spoil the natural wood colour underneath. The table top because it had suffered water damage and had become stained was sanded to remove it, then polished to a smooth finish with fine sandpaper. Finally it was given a coat or two of finishing oil to leave a natural mellow colour.

19thc Ormolu Clock (Before and after Cleaning)

 Ormolu Before          Ormolu After


Chest on Chest Restoration

What can be done by removing the old dark varnish and replacing missing veneer and then repolishing.

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