Repairing broken antique mahogany table and bed post

I’ve been in the shop again. Fixing damage to several different old pieces of furniture. In a most unfortunate slip, someone fell and smashed a 200 year old table. I repaired the table and using a piece broken off inside a mortise was able to patch a spot with same wood. The photo below shows a Dremel tool being used to grind away nails inside the mortise from a previous repair. This table had been broken more than once before.

With the table stronger than ever and returned, I started on a quick bed post repair which I truly enjoyed. It didn’t take long to turn this project around. I used a lathe to create a new pin in an old mahogany finial. Continue reading Repairing broken antique mahogany table and bed post

Removing old caulk and grout instead of rebuilding.

Of all carpentry tasks, one that suits my perfectionist nature is tile work. I especially enjoy working with materials that stand a chance of lasting 100 years. Some of my tile installations have the potential to outlast their dwellings.

“We need new tiles in our bathroom. When we shower, water leaks through the floor.” Continue reading Removing old caulk and grout instead of rebuilding.