I occasionally get asked to make and repair vintage chess pieces. This one is particularly small and was a real test for my eyes!
A customer had a 19th Century Mule chest which at some point in its life had been cut down. He wanted it lifting by a couple of inches and asked me to make and fit a set of bun feet , to be made from solid Oak. You can see from the pictures a little of the process involved. The bottom picture shows 2 of the bun feet which have been turned from a single piece of Oak, ready to be separated, polished and finally fit to the chest.
This old pine church pew had a lot of sentimental value for the customer. As it is kept outside it had unfortunately become very grey and weathered. I was asked to clean it up and give it a sand, then put a protective exterior finish on it. Garden furniture isn’t my usual line of work to be honest, but I was happy to help out- here are the before and after photos..
Unfortunately the Crinoline stretcher on this Windsor chair had broken. This type of stretcher is desirable on Windsor’s, but they are weaker than the alternative ‘H’ Stretcher.
To make a new one you need to steam a piece of timber around a former and clamp it until cools. The bend I used for this chair was one of many I steam bent 17 years ago.....I knew it would come in some day! Below are a few pictures that show the piece of wood taking shape. Most of the shaping is done with an old Spokeshave, which you can see in one of the photo’s.
This lovely Burr Oak table had missing mouldings, its polish work badly damaged and the veneer had blistered in many places. A stunning piece of furniture and a joy to work on.
This breakfast bar was looking a little worn in comparison to the newly polished floor- it just needed some tlc from The Furniture Repair Shop!