Our Work

Mahogany Phonograph, "Victor Victrola XI". Built by the Victor Talking Machine Company ca. 1919

The phonograph mechanism is in the top compartment, under the lift up top and is powered by a hand crank on the right side. The volume is controlled by opening and closing the two small cabinet doors. Records were stored behind the two larger cabinet doors.

This phonograph cabinet was severely damaged. Much of the mahogany veneer was peeling off and missing due to extensive water damage. Both rear feet were missing thanks to wood rot. The finish was beyond rejuvenation and required refinishing.

The loose pieces of veneer were salvaged and re-glued. The missing pieces of veneer and feet were replaced using mahogany with equivalent grain structure. Due to the extensive damage of the finish, the wood required refinishing. A lacquer finish was used.

The mechanism was in surprisingly good condition, and only required minor cleaning.

Grain Scale, ca. 1915

During the early 1900's, grain scales were used on North American farms to weigh everything from 4H livestock to grain, corn and potatoes. Today, they are fun, sought after items and quite popular as coffee tables.

The wood handles/sides are made of ash, the top is pine.

Judging by the weathered condition, this grain scale was likely stored for years in a farmer's field. The ash handles cleaned up nicely with sand paper. The top was rotting and required replacing with some old pine. The metal was cleaned with steel wool and a buffing wheel.

The wood was stained with a golden oak wood stain. Both the wood and metal were finished with varnish.

Louis XVI Chest of Drawers ca. 1780, France
Walnut, plum and boxwood veneers on a pine carcass

Due to very poor storage conditions where the humidity and temperature levels were not controlled, this piece was very seriously damaged. Much of the veneer was either missing or loose. Two feet were missing and the remaining two were cut off at half height. The interior of the cabinet was deteriorating.

The loose pieces of veneer were salvaged and re-glued. The missing pieces of veneer, moulding and feet were replaced using wood with equivalent grain structure. Using as much of the original wood as possible, the drawer runners were restored so the drawers would once again function properly.

The finish was cleaned using steel wool and wet/dry paper. The entire surface was rejuvenated by performing a french polish with thinned shellac.

Captain's Chair, ca. 1905, ash and birch

The seat was cracked. All the turnings, leg and back were loose and required re-gluing.

The chair was disassembled and re-glued using a hide glue. The original finish on this chair could have been salvaged, but the client requested that the chair be refinished. A walnut wood stain was used, followed by a varnish finish. Once the varnish had cured, the chair was rubbed with "0000" grade steel wool and paste wax.

Luggage Trunk, ca. 1940's

This trunk was used by an Italian family when they immigrated to Canada in 1954. Some years after arriving in Canada, the trunk was painted pink.

While removing the pink paint, we discovered several shipping labels underneath. These labels document the family's move from Naples, Italy, to Canada. In an unexpected way, the pink paint actually helped to preserve the labels, as it protected them from deterioration over the decades.

After removing the paint, the trunk was cleaned and several coats of clear finish applied. The interior of the trunk was painted in order to remove a strong moth ball smell.

Walnut Sideboard, ca. 1930's

This walnut sideboard was severely damaged due to poor storage conditions. Most of the veneer was either missing or peeling off. Fortunately, the veneer that remained showed evidence of the burl design on the doors and drawers. The top of the raised back board was missing.

The loose veneer was re-glued, and then the missing veneer replaced using walnut veneer with a similar grain structure. The raised back board was salvaged and the missing piece replaced.

Due to the severe damage, the sideboard required refinishing. The client chose a walnut stain that was similar to the original colour.

The original hardware was intact and only required cleaning.