Restoring Antique and Mid-Century Modern Tables

MPF Conservation specializes in antique furniture restoration, furniture repair, antique upholstered furniture, and traditional woodworking.  This page documents many types of tables and serves to link to the other table pages listed below.

Right, Mitchell assessing a Game Table
from the McLoughlin House.
Below left, a rosette Side Table after treatment.

Tables included:

In all cases below, we perform the following details using traditional techniques as needed:

  • Disassemble as necessary
  • Inspect parts for viability
  • Clean all parts as needed
  • Repair / re-glue / amend broken parts
  • Replicate missing parts
  • CHOOSE Finish Method below:
  • Historic varnish is amended with several coats of pure shellac and rubbed to patina OR
  • Historically accurate varnish coating with combinations of gums, tree resins, oils, waxes and natural earth pigments is applied  OR
  • Historic painted finish is repaired and amended as needed

Before treatment, left, and after treatment, right.

American Pie-Crust Candle Table circa 1750

Our client’s family Pie-Crust Table has saber legs and a leaf pull-out, shown image three, above. The steam bent apron contained several splits along the inner wall, failing previous repairs, and a serious break through the apron which threatened both the efficacy of the table top as well as the sabre legs’ anchoring stump joinery within the degrading steam-bent interior apron wall.

A number of innovative structural repairs were created using traditional woodworking methods in order to save this family treasure.

Before treatment, left, and after treatment, right.

Follow us on our blog to be informed of our documentation of this project.

Before treatment, left, and after treatment, right.

Chinese Porcelain Diorama Coffee Table circa 1890

A Chinese porcelain diorama is set into a wooden table; this holds the diorama. A glass top protects the diorama, however, many parts were broken from impact during a move. All elements were cleaned, broken elements repaired, and then glued back into their proper positions.

For more information on our treatment of the table, go to our blog-post:

Additional tables can be found on our Institutional pages: in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, McLoughlin House, Maryhill Museum, and the Amasa B. Campbell House.

If you are interested in other Wooden Objects, see below: