Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A. Brandt Ranch Oak Update

    German immigrant August Brandt originally started the A Brandt Furniture Co. in 1900 in Fort Worth, Texas.  It wasn't until 1938 that his son, Paul began to manufacture "Ranch Oak" which became extremely popular.  In 1986 the Brandt family sold the company and within two years, it went out of business.  This particular table  is dated 1965 on the bottom, and since the Brandt company contracted to furnish military housing with furniture, this piece probably came from one of the nearby bases.  I have to admit.....I do not care for Ranch Oak.  Possibly because in our early days in Alaska we drove to bases in Anchorage that were liquidating their furniture and we bought quite a few pieces, because it was affordable and not what most of the people at the sales were going for.  Dealers would get there very early, come with helpers, and quickly go through the warehouse grabbing the tickets off of all the mahogany pieces......thus began my mahogany envy and dislike of Ranch Oak, lol.
    All of that aside, you cannot beat the sturdy, all oak construction of these pieces.  This is all wood, sturdy oak, so aside from small imperfections, you could not find a better piece.  You can still see some of the deep grain of the wood in places. 
    Here the table is sanded and you can see the construction of the top and legs, and that they are pegged in place.  The legs come right up through the top of the lower half of the table.  They must have been split, to widen  so that they don't come out.  They resemble the top of a screw(remember this, lol!).  The top pegs are just round, with no split.
    After sanding  I used a blocker, then painted with a cream colored paint.  I accented the table by painting the pegs a pretty rose gold.  The top pegs remind me of rivets and the bottom pegs remind me of large screws.
    A search of A Brandt furniture reveals that some people collect these pieces and recently a set sold on Ebay for $159.   So, some may not agree with painting them.  In this market, I felt that painting would be appealing to more people.  I think it's important to remember, too, that under the paint, it is still a solid oak  piece!

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