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Danish furniture refinishing before and after

Here’s a nice danish style coffee table made by Gibbard Craftsmens Est 1935. I wasn’t able to find out too much information on the piece. It must have been part of a line that the Napanee based Gibbard made, or a group of craftsmen that broke away from the original company. The original Gibbard was founded in 1835 and made top notch furniture and case goods until they closed recently. ┬áThe top of the piece had some black water stains on it so decided to remove all the finish off. Normally I don’t recommend doing this as it can decrease the value dramatically. In this case the damage was extensive and easier to completely redo. It turned out that hiding under the brown stain and lacquer was some nice book matched cherry veneer on the top. The legs and apron are all solid cherry as well. It’s amazing the difference in quality between a piece that was mass produced 40 years ago and the equivalent new pieces that are sold today.

Hand rubbed a few coats of an oil based finish and it turned out really well.



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