Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What would Heppelwhite do?

In the second installment of my holiday furniture restoration series I have a desk I made for my sister in 1996.  It arrived in need of some polish and some fairly serious splits at the top of the legs where the mortises had been cut.  I can't image how the traditional craftsman might approach this problem without making new legs but hot on the heels of my last project I decided to knock apart the desk and reglue it with epoxy.  I don't feel too bad about how it has held over 17 years.  It has survived at least 3 house moves and 2 toddlers growing up.  I'd like to know how owners of Hepplewhite furniture approach vacuuming without damaging table legs.