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  1. "New" Place for an Old Chalkboard

    Finished up the restoration of this Old Chalkboard added a small tray for chalk to the bottom and a piece of 1/4 round to the top so chalk rested there doesn't fall behind... The "rest of the story" was Here Testing out the new set-up here... Where's the heat?! It's cold in here... 23...
  2. Old Round Table Restoration

    Old Round Table Restoration I was given the task to restore and paint an old round table and put a mirror on the top. 1. First I remove all the brass hardware - fix all broken and misaligned parts and sand the table to remove the old varnish 2. I cover the newly exposed wood with two coats of...
  3. French 4lb Canon Restoration

    The first resident cannon the Monmouth Battlefield State Park Museum, this reproduction French four-pounder was donated through the Friends of Monmouth in dire need of attention. Artisans Artisans replaced the rotted cannon trails and reinforced the axle. The wheels and hubs remained intact and...
  4. Gilding on a wooden carved frame

    A year ago one of our clients sponsored our business Antique Refinishers in San Diego to sent me to learn gilding. Coming back form Portland, Oregon where I learn with Nancy Thorn I started on a restoration on a frame from our client. The mirror had been "restored" with gold paint over the...
  5. Mahogany American Empire Settee c. 1830 Restoration

    A recent restoration I completed on a Mahogany American Empire Settee. It is also sometimes called a bustle bench or slipper sofa. It would sit at the foot of the bed and when a lady retired for the evening she would sit there to change clothes and get ready for bed. A very romantic piece and...
  6. Find at local flea market

    Just bought all of these from the flea market for a real reasonable price and thought i'd like to share them with you. The first plane is a Stanley 60 1/2, the second plane is a Stanley 9 1/4, and the third is a Starrett slide square. I cleaned all of them off a little bit with some RustFree...
  7. Delmar Caboose Restoration #1 - How-to and How-Not-to build a window.

    The Mason-Dixon Woodworkers Club was asked by the restoration committee in charge of restoring the Caboose built in 1929 on the old railroad property, to assist them in doing some of the restoration. They didn't have any funds so they were not only asking for assistance but for us paying for...
  8. Panama Hat Crown Block Restored Restoration Fixed Repaired with New Sculpted Tipper Top Press Making

    This project is a restoration of a Panama Hat Crown Block and the mating Top Tipper that I made new. ------------------- Project Story: I have been making a lot of Hat Maker's Tools, especially since the economy went down and the bigger flashy furniture commissions became few and far between...
  9. Restored ancestral pencil box

    This box was made by my great uncle. It was among my grandfather's things a few decades ago when he died, and the sentimental value is very great. I am guessing he made it during the 1950s. I believe this is quartersawn oak - the grain on it is fantastic. The rabbited edges fell apart so I...
  10. Grandmother's 5-leg Table Restoration

    In 12/2012 my son Tyler and I started restoring my Grandmother's old 5-leg table and chairs. We had to replace most of the brackets under the table, strip and sand, re-glue joints and recover the chairs. The table itself is 42×42 inches, it came with one leaf and we made 2 more stretching it to...
  11. Oak Office Chair Restoration

    In 1985 while working for S.C. Johnson in Canada, I bought an old oak office chair from them that had seen better days. It was made in the late 1930's by the Gilson Mfg Company in Guelph Ontario. For $25 I took it home, disassembled it and meant to restore it the next month. This past winter, I...
  12. Refinished Piano Stool

    I got this off a guy on Craigslist for $75 a few months back. It was a present for my girlfriend. All of the glue in the leg joints had dried out and the legs were wobbly, and the entire thing was painted with thick, black paint - even the glass balls on the claw feet. The paint was all...
  13. Just another Brace Restoration

    About three weeks ago my family and I visited my cousin and his family. Upon ariving I found my cousin in his garage working on one of his lawn mowers. As I looked around the pole barn I happen to notice and old brace and bit hanging on some peg board above a make-shift work bench. I asked my...
  14. Bike Fender

    I needed fenders on my bike. My options were to spend $40 at a local bike shop, or spend $25 online and have to wait a week for them to be delivered. Neither were acceptable. Took about an hour and a half from start to finish using scraps. I started by cutting out some cardboard templates...
  15. Scroll saw restoration

    I bought this Craftsman scroll saw at an auction today for $45. The table was quite rusty and the blade guard is missing, other than that this saw was in very good condition. A little elbow grease, WD40, steel wool, a wire brush, and some wax has the table looking pretty good. This saw makes a...
  16. 70s Radiogram Restoration

    It has been forgotten in a dark basement being devoured by termites and cockroaches. Some parts like feet, front grid I managed to reuse maintaining the maximum originality as possible. The cabinet was complete remade with plywood and finished with 2 coats of varnish. This radiogram has been...
  17. This years high volume lower profit boards

    These are my less expensive boards for my first show in August. I usually make about 35 - 40 total in 7 different styles for each show and generally sell all but a handful for $25 - $40 each. Where I make my money is they are made entirely from scraps and shorts. I'll run the both sides through...
  18. Centennial Vise Restoration

    I bought and restored this honey of an antique vise to use on the workbench I'm working on, other than many many hours of patiently degreasing, derusting, and otherwise fiddling with this big heavy lady there's not much to tell. The end result slides smoothly, engages when it ought to, and...
  19. Hall Table

    This is my first project post to LJ, so go easy on me :) The table is also the first major wood working project to come out of my shop for our new home. It is a Greene & Greene inspired design. I really enjoy the Arts & Craft/Stickley style of furniture, but mostly because making a straight cut...
  20. Odd Corner Entertainment (Floating) Stand

    My mother wanted a place to put the TV on the fireplace wall and needed a custom piece. A little rough but I learned a lot in the process. It's anchored to the wall on the left side and uses the fireplace ledge for support on the right side. The height and width of the LCD threw a wrench in...
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