Nice Work! I

In this, the first post in a series of damning exposés of atrocities committed by less than dedicated craftsmen, I would like to draw your attention to this bit of restoration in the “Ah bugger it!” category.

When that unique piece of veneer eludes you, reach for the marker pen.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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4 Responses to Nice Work! I

  1. Joe M says:

    looks good to me….:)


  2. Joe M says:

    ……said the blind man


  3. C.I.T.IE.S. regulated restoration to protect endangered forests.


  4. bcfnc says:

    I’ve seen this hundreds of times . In the 70s while working with Melbourne dealers McPhee’s , a polisher there encountered a Victorian loo table with small bubbles in the veneered top where maybe a vase had rested. In some sort of brain fade, he cut out an oval of veneer about 4ins by 3ins, filled it with melted button shellac chiselled and sanded flush, and painted (graining he called it ) an approximation of burl walnut that looked like a bowl of pasta . He totally ruined what back then was a very valuable Victorian table. I can still see the anger on old J C McPhee’s usually controlled expression. I still see good Georgian furniture in Melbourne auction rooms spoiled by over-zealous and inexperienced ‘restorers’ in the 70s,80s and 90s.


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