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post #1 of 12 Old 08-06-2016, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Good morning all, just wanted to show off a desk I am going to restore for a customer. The customer stated that it's a 1867 piece. He wants some missing moldings duplicated and brought back to look like new again. It's a very interesting and elegant desk
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-06-2016, 09:26 PM
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Should be interesting. Hope it comes out well.

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Should be, I'll be posting the refinished, when I'm done. They had it in storage for the past 25 years
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Could be a "challenging" project - matching wood, stain, piece parts, etc. Consider taking pictures (before/during/after) to show the progression. Be safe.
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I definitely will, also will be contacting a local mill shop for guidance as well, and to help with creating some parts
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I hope that he realizes that he could be lowering the monetary value by doing the restoration.

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He does, and why he told me to take my time slow and not worried about the price it may cost to complete.
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-07-2016, 05:34 PM
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restoration vs repairs

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I hope that he realizes that he could be lowering the monetary value by doing the restoration.

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There is a big difference in replacing some missing parts and a restoration which may include refinishing which would indeed lower it's antique value. Hopefully there is an understanding in writing between you and the owner....:smile3:

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It doesn't always lower the value refinishing. It depends on what condition it's in when it's cleaned up. If it doesn't clean up well it increases the value to refinish it. I did a lot of refinishing work for antique dealers.
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I'll be starting it Tuesday, and will post updates during the process
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If it's a piece that is meant to be used, refinishing done correctly can definitely increase the value of some antiques. My father in law has an old empire style table that is a little worn - edges are scuffed and the finish is beat up. Similar tables were selling refinished for $300-400, but he couldn't get anyone to even look at his except for a guy who buys and refinishes antiques as a side job.
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True, I am finishing up on a drop leaf table for a lady that belonged to her great grandfather. Someone tried poorly to fix the legs on the pedestal and cracked it. I took the screws out and repaired it correctly. In the process of staining and putting the top coat on.
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