200years of History - Country Sheraton Cherry Drop Leaf Table Restoration

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Project by HorizontalMike posted 08-12-2010 04:38 PM 7920 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is our dining table and it gets daily use. The table base was getting loose at the mortise and tenon joints on 3 of the 4 corners so it was time to do something about it. This was my adventure in looking back nearly 200 years into the eyes of the woodworking craftsman that built this table. Once I had the table apart it felt like I was there helping build a new table using the original hand tools along with the original woodworker, with the only exception being my effort to preserve as much of the original finish as possible.

FWIW, I found the pocket hole construction to be particularly interesting where the WW used a 7/8” brad bit and chisel.

More images and descriptions can be found here.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 07:28 PM

Man I would be nervous working on something that old! Great post!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 06:25 AM

Nice table. Well worth the quality restoration. Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 03:29 PM

Very nice restoration. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 05:36 PM

Thanks for the comments on the workshop. It was very helpful. A table almost identical to your table is one of the reasons that I am going to learn how to fix things myself. It is so very similar to one that I have taken to various furniture repair places and they have failed to fix it correctly. I really admire your work on this table. It looks great and I, for one, can appreciate how good your work is since I have tried to find someone to fix my table. I figured I could not do any worse. Great job!

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 09:18 AM

Good looking table you have there. You’ve done a fine job with it. Are the sides supported with a sliding 1×2 board that slides out under a shim attached to the underside of the sides to hold them up?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 07:52 PM

The base of the table has two ~1×2” boards that are each on a pin mounted on the base’s side board and rotate 90 degrees outward so support is given approximately ~12” under each of the wings and also under the center of the table top. This balances the pressure of the wing trying to fall to its retracted position.

Thank you.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 07:48 PM

Wow- that’s a nice table. I love old furniture- I especially like the old screws in this piece.

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#8 posted 09-13-2011 12:18 AM

WoW! I love it! You did a great job. Looks like it’s going to be around for awhile.

-- Janice

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#9 posted 10-02-2011 11:00 PM

Nice Job. Maybe someday I’ll get the talent and nerve to try my hands on the many old pieces my wife has around the house.

-- Harold

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#10 posted 11-19-2011 08:09 AM

AGAIN NICE RESTORE JOB MIKEY fyI the reason the middle hinges are secured with one screw is not the woodworker being cheep it is so as to relieve any expansion and contraction so the table doesn’t blow apart when the weather changes. This stuff gets lost over time but that’s why so now you know in today pieces people use man made tops so in that case use all the screws. but if you are building from solid stock especially wide boards leave your screws out of the middle hinge it will preserve your work and this is why your top is in one piece.

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 04:07 PM

If you look at and study a piece like this you will find that it is speaking to us and telling us a story.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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