Thursday, August 25, 2016

Before and After: Two-Tier Table

By Gretchen Sawatzki

When damaged, vintage furniture arrives in our shop it's often hard to imagine what it will like after it has been cleaned up and restored. The results can sometimes be shocking, even to us!

Table after a light sanding. Image by Charles Wiesner.

When this vintage two-tier table arrived the veneer was damaged and the top tier was in terrible condition. The feet were broken and the feet caps were missing.

Table with the top tier removed. Image by Charles Wiesner
Adding new veneer to the top tier. Image by Charles Wiesner

The first thing that needed to be addressed was the top tier. After removing it from the shaft of the table, our restoration specialist used the existing top tier to recreate a new one.  After sanding it down, new wood veneer was applied using a good-quality glue.

Repaired foot. Image by Charles Wiesner

Next, the feet needed to be addressed. By recreating missing elements using the same species of wood, gluing it into place, filling in the joints, and sanding, our restoration specialist was able to achieve a seamless look.

Gluing the edge trim into place. Image by Charles Wiesner

After applying the first coat of stain, our specialist attached newly recreated, pre-stained edge trim using glue, finishing nails, and clamps to hold them in place. By tracing the perimeter of the second tier and using a routing saw, our specialist was able to design custom trim for the bottom tier.

The second coat of stain. Image by Charles Wiesner

Once both tiers had been repaired with trim and veneer and reattached to center shaft, the table was lightly sanded, stained, and lacquered completing the before and after transformation!

The finished restoration. Image by Charles Wiesner

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