What started in the 1930s as a wooden fruit crate, became a beautiful doll cradle for a little girl. Over the past 90 years, the thin wood had dried out and become very brittle, and the slats had begun to split where the nails had been driven in. The pivot points were bolts, that with … Continue reading Restoring the 1930s Antique Doll Cradle
Getting ready to restore an antique doll cradle for a customer. Here's the story behind it, and next week, I'll share my process for reconditioning this family heirloom.
This desk didn’t just challenge me, it also challenged my tools. I love how this turned out, and I really like the General Finishes products. The Chestnut Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal satin finish really came out great, and it was super easy to put on. I highly recommend it! But on to the desk. It … Continue reading Federal Slant-Front Desk in Cherry
I was sorting through the wood scraps in my shop and noticed the contrast between the walnut and poplar, and for some reason, I saw a Cobra. Not the actual snake, but rather the car. The 1966 Shelby Cobra is one of my all-time favorites, and after seeing the Ford vs. Ferrari movie a while … Continue reading Building a Cobra
In honor of Hurricane Florence, which is due to hit the east coast in a few hours, I thought I'd start to work on the Mahogany desk that was rescued from my uncle's shop, The Wagon Wheel, in Ellicott City. This was a victim of the May 2018 flood, and it decided that it wanted … Continue reading The Mahogany “Patrick” Desk Restoration