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This is the only existing photo of the original 100 year old heirloom bed. The footboard seen here was lost during a move. The owners called me in desperation asking if I could replicate it.
   Using this photo as a starting point, I could of course, and did - much to their satisfaction. Hope you like it too.

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Using the photo and the existing headboard as a template, I measured all carefully, took notes and put them into a mechanical drawing. With the drawing I went to my lathe and created new footboard bedposts and cross bars.    Read more...

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Here's a shot of the footboard bedposts and cross bars in the rough. Next comes cutting, joinery and fitting the whole assembly together.
   Also, I contacted the artist to reproduce the bouquet as seen in the photo...

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Now we're getting somewhere. Here's a shot of all the pieces put together as a trial run - no glue yet - and it's coming along nicely.
   Now on to completion.

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Ta da! The finished footboard. Looks just like the one that went missing. Painting by Elizabeth Hollinger. The owners are ecstatic and have promised me some photos of it in its new place all put together. Those photos have arrived...please continue.

Looks nice, don't you think?

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As I promised months ago, the owner has kindly furnished me with some photos of the restored footboard in place. A couple more follow.

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Here's a shot showing the detail within the footboard escutcheon showing the beautiful artwork of Elizabeth Hollinger.

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I'm including this photo just to show the compatibility of the new footboard with the old header. It was a difficult shot to get right, but hopefully I think you know what I mean.

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This nice old cherry Hepplewhite chest had two legs broken off, plus a third so loose it had to be removed and replaced. One drawer had to be completely rebuilt and the veneer replaced on the face of another. In addition I replaced two missing drawer slides.
This will be a fine piece when completed and will be For Sale, so if you want something special done to it, please call me. Come back to see how it turns out!

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The leg is shown here being clamped back on, (8 clamps), this after cleaning up globs of old glue, and creating new leg braces to replace those that were missing. I made special jigs so that the clamps held the leg in place perfectly while the glue set.    Restoration, continued...

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A side view showing the broken off skirt. The chest's other side skirt was missing completely. This side required some TLC and was repaired rather routinely.
   The other side, however...

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Showing some new life. On this end the skirt was gone. Using the original other skirt as a template, I created a new one out of cherry, stained it to match the chest, and refastened it securely. Almost like new!
   Now both side skirts and legs have been restored.

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The finished chest, rock solid again. The luster you see comes from the finishing work I did. The chest's wood had become so dry, even I was amazed at how many coats of tung oil I had to apply before it really came to life.

Looks nice, don't you think?

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The beginning: A cane stand, designed with my client, to fit in a corner for displaying a collection of 25 old, and very interesting canes. The stand, made of walnut, was constructed in layers to show off the tops of the canes.


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Underway with the base layers under construction. You even get a glimpse of my very untidy at them moment (busy) workshop.

   Now for assembly.

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Each of the layers is mortice and tenoned together. Note the detail of the reeded edge of the shelves, and the complementary molding along the top of the back. The layers are attached to the back with long screws, and dowels - providing a permanent, secure joint.


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The completed cane stand with its beautiful collection of antique "walking sticks". Fits right in to its new home. If you'd like custom work like this, please call me. Have an heirloom created for your home!

Another satisfied customer.

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This old Hoosier cabinet restoration came to me via a web visitor. The cabinet carried treasured memories and despite its rundown condition, the owner wanted it restored. The left lower door had disintegrated, the frame had come apart, panels had warped and delaminated. The left top door had come apart. The working surface of aluminum was beyond repair. The bottom right (breadbox) door was badly damaged and so on....

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Restoration underway. Here's a shot of the underside of the cabinet with decayed and warped base removed. Note the clamps at the base. This cabinet has had a rough life. But with some of my TLC, I managed to bring it back to its former stature as a cherished - and used - kitchen cabinet do-it-all.

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Many hours later, with all the old paint removed and reassembled. Removed and reconditioned old hardware. You can see here the old flour bin in the upper left. New hardwood runners were installed for the drawers. Sourced and found a new bread box, and more.

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The restoration work almost completed and reassembled. The working surface has been replaced with stainless steel. (The prior aluminum working surface was scored, stained and crumbling, practically useless). Note the original patterned glass in the upper right. The owner has decided to paint it, so I'll post a final image when done. (Late Feb. 2014).

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Chest Restoration
Chest Restoration
Chest Restoration
Chest Restoration
Chest Restoration
Footboard in Place
Footboard Detail
Matching Headboard
Chest Restoration
Chest Restoration
Chest Restoration
Chest Restoration
Chest Restoration
Hoosier Cabinet Restoration
Hoosier Cabinet Restoration
Hoosier Cabinet Restoration
Hoosier Cabinet Restoration
Custom Cane Stand
Custom Cane Stand
Chest Restoration
Chest Restoration

Heirloom Footboard Renovation

Hepplewhite Renovation

Hoosier Cabinet Renovation

Cane Stand Customwork