Rosenstengel Queenland Maple tea trolley

Over the years I have worked on a lot of Rosenstengel furniture. Below is a tea trolley that I have restored. This piece had a very red polish on it which was probably from a pervious restoration. The customer wanted it to go back to a natural Maple colour. After the existing red polish was washed off the piece was sanded and hand French Polished. 

Art Deco silky oak desk

This desk I have recently finished restoring. The desk was originally made for telecom by the department of public works. It had been well made out of solid silky oak and restored nicely. Bellow are a few images of the restoration process. 

 The finished desk. A full bodied hand French Polished finish with a Black Jappanned base.

The finished desk. A full bodied hand French Polished finish with a Black Jappanned base.

 Another image of the finished desk

Another image of the finished desk

 Above image shows the underside of the desk and drawers. I am in the process of removing the drawer runners.

Above image shows the underside of the desk and drawers. I am in the process of removing the drawer runners.

 This photo shows how the drawer side has worn down the drawer runner.

This photo shows how the drawer side has worn down the drawer runner.

 Worn drawer sides are machined and hand planed flat, then built up with timber, in this Victorian Ash which will wear a lot better than the Hoop Pine. The worn drawer runners are also rebuilt with Victorian ash

Worn drawer sides are machined and hand planed flat, then built up with timber, in this Victorian Ash which will wear a lot better than the Hoop Pine. The worn drawer runners are also rebuilt with Victorian ash

 You need a lot of clamps when doing restoration work. Above image is the new timber being glued onto the drawer sides and the drawer runners. Once the repaired runners are refitted into the carcass the rebuilt drawer sides are hand planed and each drawer is individually fitted. The drawers will now run smoothly for many years to come. 

You need a lot of clamps when doing restoration work. Above image is the new timber being glued onto the drawer sides and the drawer runners. Once the repaired runners are refitted into the carcass the rebuilt drawer sides are hand planed and each drawer is individually fitted. The drawers will now run smoothly for many years to come. 

 The solid Silky Oak top is planed flat. Then sanded stained and French Polished along with the rest of the desk.

The solid Silky Oak top is planed flat. Then sanded stained and French Polished along with the rest of the desk.

Anglo Indian bed

This quite stunning bed needed work on the threaded sections of the posts. The old threads were loose and some of the nuts were missing. Below are some images of the required work

Mahogany, late 18th century longcase clock

I wanted to show people some of the repairs that are often involved in a piece that superficially may look to be in ok condition. This clock through out it's life had many home repairs and patch up jobs, but the damaged was never fixed properly and it was in desperate need of structural work and repairs to the veneer. The base of the clock was completely smashed, (bases of longcase clocks are are often damaged as the weights get dropped). The images below are just a small selection of the repairs. The first two images are before and after shots, the clock was restored in two stages which is why there is no hood. I will try to post an image of the compleat finished clock when I can.

Early Australian Cedar washstand, circa 1840's

I wanted to share with people a cedar wash stand that we worked on not long ago. It is a lovely piece in original condition, a rare survivor. When it came to us it was covered in a thick coat of dark wax and or grime. We spent many hours carefully removing the grime to reveal the original French polished finish which was in very good condition after some 170 plus years. The piece required  some small repairs, cracks in the top were consolidated from the underside with dovetailed blocks. Other minor losses were filled with old cedar closely matching the grain and colour of the original material. A French polishing rubber was used to rebuild areas of the original French polish that was thin or worn through. The final process was a coat of clear hard wax which acts as a sacrificial coating that protects the French Polish.

VICTORIAN CANTERBURY, (repairs to turnings)

I wanted to show an example of the correct way to repair broken turnings. Broken turnings are often badly repaired. An impatient or inexperienced restorer will attempt to glue them back together with a dowel. This never works, structurally or aesthetically. The turnings on this Victorian canterbury are very slender and quite a few were broken. When I repair turnings the damaged section is removed and a new section is turned and fitted, this makes for a seamless repair.

French style writing

I wanted to share with people a desk I am currently working. It is based on a French style, Louis XVI and is a very enjoyable project. The main timber is Tasmanian Blackwood that has been veneered in ebony, tulip wood and Brazilian Rosewood. Parts of the Blackwood are French polished a Natural color other areas are black Japanned. As I have been busy moving workshop I have not had a chance to get much more done on it. But now that I am set up I will be able to get back onto it. I will show more images as I can. 

New workshop

Greetings,

         I am now in my new self built workshop. It is not finished and there will be ongoing finishing work over the next 12 months. But it is weather tight, secure and I am set up with all my equipment and able to work. It's nice not having to pay rent and should allow me to spend time on studio work as well as commercial jobs. The photos are of early on in the construction. I have had a lot of help from family and friends which I am very grateful for.  You can contact me on 0412 954 716  frank@frankvanbrunschot.com

Frank van Brunschot Fine Furniture. Antique furniture restoration with a strong focus on conservation. Bespoke cabinet making, custom made furniture and French Polishing. Dining Tables, chairs, sideboards, bookcases and all types of high quality timber furniture and fit outs.