Typical of small Craftsman style tables,usually in dark oak
Hardware (including some original) is available to restore your Hoosier cabinet. Hoosier style pulls and catches are popular now on new cabinets also.
We're just finishing up a set of tables (2 end tables
and a coffee table) loosely based on the English Craftsman style. We also built an umbrella stand which is more faithful to the
original. Using the same design we're also going to supply a double wastebasket sized to
hold two paper grocery sacks for separating waste for re-cycling.
A lot of very old chairs require a new turning or two to bring them back. Most Victorian and later chairs have plain stretchers and rungs that may have to be turned to get the right diameter but the turnings are not so interesting as earlier pieces.
Many times an old piece (if it hasn't been painted for the porch or rec room) only needs a good cleaning and a once-over with shellac and oil (French polish). As we get into the 20th century, manufactures started using nitrocellulose lacquer. If that gets damaged it almost always has to be removed since while it will re-dissolve in its original solvent, it tends to lift off in sheets. Pieces this late probably should be 'repaired' rather then 'restored' .
Re-seating chairs with cane, reed, or rush. There are so many kinds, one of the most challenging was an oval back with an oval medallion in the center, suspended by a sort of spider web of cane.
We've added an accessory to the vertical swift that Pat is selling,
a modified spool and crank to allow using the swift to wind
skeins. I'm also finishing the restoration of Pat's antique skein winder. I'm going to
make measured drawings of all the parts so I can try to make a reproduction. There is a
two stage worm gear reduction that turns an output shaft once for every 120 turns of the
winder. This snaps a noise-maker("pop goes the weasel" ?) when 300 yards have
been wound. A pointer on the shaft lets you gage your progress or make smaller skeins.
Cutting the worm gears ought to be a treat!
JUST FOR FUN:
Whirligigs seem to be most commonly from New England, long cold winters, can't farm, can't fish, etc. They certainly fall in the realm of Folk Art. One that I've seen (and am trying to reproduce) is a Doryman rowing . The mechanism is intriguing, I suppose that's what drew me to it. Woodchopper
Bird houses and Feeders: