Thursday, August 8, 2013
Sometimes the best way to reuse an item is to break it down into parts. Often, collectors and normal people (collectors, did you know you weren't normal?) have an old piece of furniture or a lamp that they love, but it is missing that one thing that will make it beautiful or functional. Here are some photos showing how we removed the decorative cast iron spill ring from this antique oil lamp.
Friday, April 19, 2013
I've mentioned how we give industrial sewing machine tables a new life as adjustable desks. Often, the original tops for industrial sewing machine tables were wooden butcher block made from some type of hardwood, usually maple. Unfortunately, that top had a huge hole where the actual sewing machine sat. Useful for sewing, but not useful for the table's second life. Usually we replace that top with other wood. Sometimes, though, Keith will patch the original hole with pieces of angle iron. He uses a chisel to set in the metal so that the angle iron patch is level with the wood. Very sweet.