Monday, November 27, 2017

Flexible wood as clamps.

I'm in the middle of repairing a French Commode that has sadly been repaired incorrectly in the pass. One of the many issues with the commode was the drawer runners, kickers, and guides.  As I repair all the broken elements I come to the realization there isn't a easy way to clamp my repairs. 

So what to do?  Well I decided to try flexible thin pieces of wood cut to a size that gives me the desired clamp pressure. There isn't a write rule on this, often its a trial and error.  

Below you will find two examples of flexible strips giving me the desired pressure and clamping I needed to glue down all the repairs. 

I hope you find this helpful.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Before and After Eastlake Chair

My apologizes for the lack of blog posts. I do have a good excuse I am moving into a larger shop. I will also have my first full time subcontractor, which is scary.  This is a brand new learning experience for me, but I am excited about this new journey.   With that said I am happy to say the new shop will be more successful than I ever imagined. Lets just say location, location, location.  

Below you will find the simple reason why I love old furniture. You can simply take the so called old fashion and turn into something more modern by simply changing the fabric. The Eastlake chair came into the studio for cleaning, gluing of all loose parts, and upholstery. The end result was very pleasing to the eye and is ready for years of use. But more importantly the client was very happy.