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Satinwood Card Table

  • Here is how the table arrived. You can see where a previous restorer had sanded through the top and then patched it with a piece of timber that did not match well and to the right of it a close up.
    Here is how the table arrived. You can see where a previous restorer had sanded through the top and then patched it with a piece of timber that did not match well and to the right of it a close up.
  • The central marquetry motif was also badly damaged and repaired with filler.
    The central marquetry motif was also badly damaged and repaired with filler.
  • The open card table had been finished with a cheap felt that was worn and grubby.
    The open card table had been finished with a cheap felt that was worn and grubby.
  • The first job was to prepare the table by cleaning off the old felt. A messy job!
    The first job was to prepare the table by cleaning off the old felt. A messy job!
  • A new rosewood crossbanding was marked out ready to lay onto the newly restored top.
    A new rosewood crossbanding was marked out ready to lay onto the newly restored top.
  • A guide was made for a router that would follow the curve of the table. By setting various points along the guide it was possible to rout through a thin groove within which stringing could be laid.
    A guide was made for a router that would follow the curve of the table. By setting various points along the guide it was possible to rout through a thin groove within which stringing could be laid.
  • This shows a vacuum pump being used to lay the veneers down on the top. This provides an even pressure over the whole area and a slow setting veneer glue.
    This shows a vacuum pump being used to lay the veneers down on the top. This provides an even pressure over the whole area and a slow setting veneer glue.
  • This shows the top with all the new veneers, crossbanding and stringing in position and the last few cleaning up jobs to remove the veneer tape.
    This shows the top with all the new veneers, crossbanding and stringing in position and the last few cleaning up jobs to remove the veneer tape.
  • The finished table with new high quality baize.
    The finished table with new high quality baize.

Satinwood Card Table

I was contacted about a card table with some water damage. When it arrived I found it had been badly restored before and was in a terrible condition.  Most of the satinwood veneer had been sanded away with odd repairs having been made.  The rosewood crossbanding had been sanded until it had turned black.  The baize was in fact a cheap velvet and a lot of the stringing was missing. It was decided that the satinwood and rosewood would have to replaced.  The central marquetry motif was also so badly damaged that it was also replaced. The velvet was also removed and replaced with baize.

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