Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fraternal Twin Nightstands, Miss 1955 and Miss 1961

   I managed to find these mahogany nightstands at two different sales while I was out picking last year.  These are beautiful timeless, classic pieces that are getting harder and harder to find in my area.  The one on the left was made in 1955 by the Drexel company.  Drexel is well known for its quality furniture.  The one on the right was made on 1961 by the Joern Company.  I had to look this company up, as it was unfamiliar to me.  They were also known for high quality furniture, but not too many pieces are found, because they turned their attention to medical furniture.
While the one on the right needed cleaning sanding and refinishing, the one on the left needed more extensive work.  While it had no structural damage (in fact the drawers and the slides are in amazingly good structural condition), it had some pretty serious cosmetic damage.  I'm not quite sure why someone would drill a hole in the top of a nightstand????  There was also a chunk missing on the top.  I filled using wood epoxy, repaired and sanded the damaged spots.  While you can still see where the damage was, I am pretty happy with how the repairs turned out.
Before, pretty rough, scratched, etc.

Damage and fixes
   In choosing the stain to use on the nightstands, I had to take into account that the Drexel nightstand was naturally a bit darker, so I chose darker  Bombay mahogany stain.  It really wasn't possible to make the darker one lighter by using the regular mahogany.  Therefore, there is a bit of a color difference between the two.  These are beautiful heirloom-type pieces and they are looking for a new home.
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