Monday, June 25, 2018

Rescued Table

    When this table was offered to me, nearly 60% of the oak veneer was missing, peeling, or bubbling up on the top and 50% gone on the right side apron.  The legs had some splits on the outer surface, which is not uncommon.  They did not go far into the surface, so they were not a structural problem.  This piece was made by the Gregory Furniture Company during the heyday of wooden furniture manufacturing.  The company existed from about 1906, until 1945 when it was sold.  This table probably dates from the late 30's or early 40's, so in technical terms not an antique, but most likely near 80 years old.
    I somehow missed getting a picture of the top, but this is the side, where some of the bottom veneer was also damaged.  You can see here too, that the decorative pieces are damaged.  There are two pieces of this decorative scroll type work on each side.  The other pieces are cracked, but these are completely gone. The remaining residue made me suspect that these were made of some type of molded glue or paste and the water damage literally melted them. 
    The veneer on the top and one side were really quite beyond compare.  It is possible to re-veneer a piece like this, but it can be quite costly.  So, the decision to make was whether to paint it or refinish it.  Since most of the piece was in good shape, and the secondary wood under the veneer was rustic, but in reasonable shape I decided to refinish this piece rather than paint it.  There was some damage to the secondary wood on top, but it is just enough to give it a little character.  I filled in several surface cracks on the legs and feet, re-stained the wood, and added a top coat.
    Despite years of abuse this is a wonderful piece.  It is an "almost antique" for someone who might love older furniture but find most out of their price range.  Sturdy and built well enough to last another 80 years, dimension are: 30 in tall, 42 in across front and 26 back to front. This would make a great "minimalist" desk, entry way table, library table, or if protected, even a little breakfast nook table.
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