Victorian Elm Box
Victorian box was in intrinsically good condition when it arrived
at the workshop with no serious damage or old repairs
to deal with, however the lid had shrunk over time & would
not close & at sometime the box had been heavily varnished.
the box is almost black, the old varnish is stripped by hand taking
care not to scratch or mark the elm boards.
Finally, the remainder of the old varnish is
removed with methylated spirits &
'0000' (very fine) wire wool.
to the shrinkage across the width of the grain to the top,
a small shaving of timber needs to be planed from the inside edge
of the top moulding to enable the lid to close. The box is placed
on to its top and the moulding is marked out ready for removing
a small amount of timber from the inside edge of the top moulding.
This removal is done with a small rebate plane.
(The blade of
the plane reaches across to the very edges of the plane body.)
The top was re-fitted using the original Victorian screws.
The surface of the timber was sealed with French polish using
a traditional French polish 'rubber' & then wax polished.
beauty of the elm boards had been totally hidden by the varnish,
with careful & sympathetic restoration
this 150 year old
box is as beautiful now as when it was originally made.
Furniture Sympathetically & Beautifully Restored by Charnwood
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