Apologies for the long hiatus since the last updates. There is a backlog of over a dozen projects to post, but it takes a long time to prepare the photos and posts.
This was a sideboard that we restored a while back (end of 2015). It had a lot of veneer problems, shrinkage cracks, loose sections, damage to the finish, and all the drawer bottoms were broken. There were also issues with worn drawer runners.
I don’t have any proper before and after photos, because the piece came into the shop in pieces. This type of sideboard is called a “pedestal sideboard”. Originally it had a back-splash, probably with carved accents. The centre drawer has the original retailer’s label from Hewetson & Milner London (at Totterham road, indicating a date after 1882). In addition to this, the brass hinges were stamped with the maker’s name William Tonks & Sons (active between 1851 – 1891).
Here are some in-progress photos of the repairs.
Some of the MANY veneer repairs.
A few of the small moldings were missing, and had to be replicated.
A crack caused from the sub-frame assembly.
This was the worst section.
All of the thin wood drawer bottom needed repairs. Some had previous repairs, and some had thick masking tape applied to them. The bottoms are barely 1/4″ thick, and they are quite fragile.
You can see the label on this half of the centre drawer.
The top has several worn and damaged areas in the finish. This side also had some damage to both front corners, so we replaced a full thin sprip and re-cut the cove profile.
The base with all the veneer repairs, AFTER repairs and refinishing.
The top is a solid wood board of mahogany. It’s about 5/8″ thick, and 2 feet wide. The length was around 6 feet.
In the client’s home: