This early 1800's unusual sideboard came to us from a client in boxes, coffee cans, and parts stacked up. Her grandfather had disassembled this piece many, many years ago in an effort to refinish but never made it. After several years of being stored in her garage it was entrusted to us. We first laid it out in our shop like a jigsaw puzzle until we figured where all the parts went. I then began stripping to bare wood front to back, inside out by power sanding while my husband/partner Nick, a professional woodworker, began reproducing rotten, and warped parts as well as missing pieces. As I sanded I began to see a lot of mold and mildew stain which was there for good. I then discussed with the client about painting. Assembly was slow. All joints were assembled by Nick with original type 7/16" dowels. New drawer glides had to be reproduced and drawer bottoms had to be made. A new center shelf was made. Nick was able to disassemble, repair, and reassemble drawers and save the hand cut dovetails. The carvings are a solid piece of wood (hand carved) NOT APPLIQUÉS. All original hardware was in coffee cans. I cleaned and cleaned to bring back their original luster. This beauty stands almost 7 foot tall. I hope our client Julie, is as happy as we are.
With a bare slate, I sprayed 3 coats, of GF Lamp Black. All the bare quarter sawn oak received GF Candelight Gel Stain followed by 3 coats GF Satin High Performance Top Coat.