Restoration Projects

Restoration Projects

Restoration of an important Queen Anne period walnut armchair in the manner of Giles Grendy.

An interesting, recent restoration project, is this early 18th Century walnut armchair.It arrived with wood worm damaged rear feet worn and rotted. The joints throughout the chair, where loose, rickety and in need of re-gluing. Various pieces of carving and veneer where also missing and there were also numerous sub standard old repairs in need of replacing.

I was recently commissioned  to restore this 19th Century Chinese opium table. The table had been very poorly restored by unskilled hands in recent years. The rosewood table constructed entirely of joints without any glue or nails. The top of a single panelled and framed construction held together with dowel pegs, showed a large shrinkage gap which had to be filled with a fitted strip of rosewood.

The terrible orange peel finish had to be completely stripped of and a new finish applied and wax finished.

Restoration of a fine Chippendale period mahogany Gentleman's wash stand.

A recent project brought in by a customer. The Gentleman's wash stand had bad shrinkage cracking to the top of it's hinged lid. Also on closer inspection, it was missing it's blind fretted left and right side panels, the top waist moulding and the front corner fretted spandrels were broken off and missing. To add to this, the interior was incomplete,with it's fitted box lids damaged and minus their surrounds. Several ring handles were missing, having been replaced with later ivory knobs. A lot of the fretwork on the supports was damaged or missing and the leather wheeled castors were completely worn down.

This very important piece came into the workshop requiring a lot of restoration work. Although in a fairly decent overall condition and originality, there was a lot of loose/missing veneer and loose mouldings with many small repairs required to bring it back to its former cared for self. There were also several quite serious shrinkage cracks to the front fall and sides, needing specialist attention.

Restoration of a Geo III mahogany tea table showing some clips of the badly smashed hinged leg joint, previously repaired with tin, tacks and iron plate. I had to skive in a fillet to make a complete new joint at the top of the leg.
The leg before restoration: during splicing and gluing a fillet in order to make a new mortise joint at the top.

A typical example of restoration work carried out on this fine late 17th century chest of drawers.

This fine William & Mary period olivewood oyster veneered chest of drawers, showing pictures before and after restoration, clearly depicting the damaged front left corner to the top moulding and the transition to bring it back to it's former glory.

Note also the colour and patina reinstated during careful refinishing, bringing out the beauty of the oyster veneers.


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Above picture shows a view of finials on a pair of William IV rosewood armchairs. The one in the right of the picture is a replaced finial which requires carving with reeding or gadrooning.

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The above picture showing the finials after carving and ready for staining and finishing etc.


Restoration of a Regency period rosewood and brass stringing inlaid card table.The top had a long shrinkage split which is filled with well matched rosewood fillets. As you can see from the finished piece, the split is completely lost. Along with loose and missing veneer pieces, there was also some brass stinging missing too.

CIRCA 1820.


A repair to the foot of a Victorian mahogany card table,

Showing the crude mahogany block built up to replace the missing and damaged portion of the carved foot.