Restoration Of A Shapland & Petter Mahogany Coal Cabinet

This Barnstaple based company manufactured some of the finest pieces of furniture in the Arts and Crafts style.

The coal box was missing it’s pierced splashback

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Four of its spindles were missing

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To make the missing spindles I glued together between newspaper, billets of mahogany the same diameter as the original spindles, this enabled me to separate them later in the process.

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The profile was then planed and sanded on both sides.

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The billets were then separated and re-glued with newspaper between each one again and the process repeated.

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Finished spindles ready to be separated with a sharp knife

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 Sanded and ready to polish

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For the splashback, corner brackets and moulding I used a piece of  reclaimed timber that was already polished the same colour.  The design for the pierced hearts I took from a similar item of Shapland and Petter furniture of the same period.

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The top had water marks on it and was meths stripped and re-polished.

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Any digs and scratches were filled, touched in and finally the whole piece was waxed.

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Finished Coal Cabinet

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