Drop Leaf Table Restoration

This early Federal drop leaf table came into the shop with the finish oxidized as shown in 2 pictures. Even though the table was cherry and generally not in bad condition, it's finish hid the potential beauty of the patina and no longer protected the wood. Careful hand stripping of the finish retained the patina hidden in the surface of the wood. French polishing enhanced and magnified the beauty of the aged cherry. Hand rubbing and waxing softened the luster and added protection to the finish.
Other repairs common to this type of table include:
-Repair of the table edge moulding where the action of the hinge has broken the thin wood that covers the hinge knuckle. This type of problem is shown in the detail picture before restoration.
-Building up of the drawer sides and the corresponding slides inside the table that have worn down from extended use.
- Regluing the joints where the framing meets the leg
-Shimming or tightening the leaf supports so the table top is level when the leaves are extended.
-Replacing missing wood with new wood spliced in and finished to match surrounding wood, especially at the corners of the top and at the feet.

Dimensions: 29" high x 34" long x 20" wide with leaves down. 44" wide with leaves extended.

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