I was tasked with repairing a deep gouge in the edge molding of a mahogany-stain over oak veneer writing desk. The gouge was a little over an inch long and perhaps 1/16" - 3/8" wide.
I judged the gouge too large to fill effectively with burn-in lacquer, so I went with a died wood filler and then padded the finish to cover the patch. I finished with a light buffing and added the artificial distressing over the fix.
It's worth pointing out that the before picture was taken in natural sunlight and the after under fluorescent light. Hence the differences in overall tone of the pictures.
Back to work for one of my favorite customers. This time it isn't a refinishing job. Instead, I need to effect some structural repairs. The sliders are gummed up and the structure needs some reinforcement. Also, at one point some modern casters were put on the legs and center post. They don't really match, but they provide some necessary rise. I'll be replacing those with turned wood balls. There is also a decorative wooden ring on one of the legs, but not on the other three. I'll need to fabricate the other three. I looked but I couldn't find anything even close in the premade suppliers.
Here's a look at the center column and casters. You can get a feel for how massive this piece is and if you look closely, you can see part of the decorative ring on the rightmost leg.
Just some closeup views and detail shots.
I stacked the leaves to get a sense of how bad the warping is. The 2nd from the bottom displays some pretty significant cupping. It will be …
Well, it took a few years, but the great folks at Mount St. Mary's got back to me and I've been contracted to restore the entrance. Mount St. Marys’ Condominiums in Hooksett, NH is a 100-year-old building with historical significance. It has been a Monastery, a College and is now Condominiums.
My task will be to restore the entrance to the original color and finish. I had to research a number of other buldings in the Boston area by the same architect (T. Edward Sheehan) to validate the original color and finish. The project will begin this summer with the doors. They are 2" thick and solid oak. The remainder is planned for the summer of 2018.
The entrance has been neglected for many years and the wood is severaly weathered. Still, it's a towering and grand entrance way. I'm really excited to be working on it.
Here's a look at the weathering
I'll be starting this one in Mid-June. It will be worth following.
I've been commissioned to create a belt buckle display cabinet by a lovely lady whose husband has a large and fascinating collection of belt buckles. We had a pleasant chat and came to some determinations about dimensions and requirements. Basically, we're looking for a fairly narrow cabinet (5" - 6" wide). 30" wide and 50" tall + a bottom drawer. Adjustable shelves (8) and a single framed glass front covering all of the display shelves.
Note the black, flocked back panel.
One big challenge is going to be selecting hinges that aren't going to be intrusive, but still capable of supporting a 2.5 foot wide, 50" tall piece of 1/8" oak-framed, plate glass. I'm hoping to find a suitable flat piano hinge. Additionally, the cabinet itself will be very heavy as it will be of solid oak construction. So, mounting it to the wall will require substantial fasteners.
I've already selected and rough dimensioned the white oak stock from 8' X…