Noticing tricks of the trade from old school furniture makers

Posted By on January 10, 2017

AntiqueFurnitureCraftsmanshipLeafBrenda and I admire art, be it paintings, carvings, knick-knacks, sailboat models or a piece of old furniture. Over the years we have added several items to our home, be they purchased from an estate sale or hand-me-downs. While adding the new shelves to our laundry room and repainting, I stopped to admire the craftsmanship of a table Brenda was cleaning made by Jamestown, New York furniture makers 100+ years ago. A few of the details in this antique table we use everyday are unique and definitely hand crafted … perhaps we should take better care of it?

Besides having a relatively simple slide system for pulling apart the table to add a leaf or two (or 3 or 4), tiny wedges were added to the back of each leaf to keep the table top level. This makes for some very unique and creative craftsmanship.

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BTW, this was her mother’s “rescued” dining room table … one she pulled from a trash heap decades ago … obviously furniture  was a commodity in a furniture city?

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