Project Update -- 11/30/2015 Sewing Machine
This beautiful old sewing machine is in need of some serious TLC. There are lots of beautiful carvings and features, but there's equally as much damage. It's going to be a challenge to salvage as much as possible to preserve the character of the piece without being too heavy-handed.
The top is pretty much ruined with water damage. There's no saving the veneer.
Clenaing up the intricate details is going to be tedious, but the payoff is going to be worth it.
Here's a look inside. The action is surprisingly sophisticated. Nice nickel plated hinges, too
Here's the machine exposed.
The cowl on the back will need to be rebuilt. The wood is pretty much gone.
So now it's in pieces waiting to be stripped, fixed, finished and reassembled. This is going to a breathtaking piece when I finish it.
Stripping went OK, What was left of the old finish came off pretty easily, but the water damage caused the grain to raise.
I salvaged as much of the original millwork and trim as I could. Below I had to reglue most of the ring carvings around the drawer pulls.
The drawer hangers also presented a challenge. The carving was very shallow, so I had to be careful to not sand it any further than necessary. A lot of dental pick work here.
Here, I have the new pull in place and I'm matching the finish to the rest of that drawer.
The finished pull
This one is just about wrapped up, I think it came out pretty good, considering the amount of carved pieces that needed to be reconstructed. The sewing machine treadle works, but they will probably need to get a new belt if they intend to use it.