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Longcase Clock Case Shrinkage Repair


This is just one part of a major four figure restoration project for a client who collects antique clocks living in Cornwall who was looking for a good antique clockcase restorer. The case was purchased online by the client and shipped from the US to Essex then to my workshop. Typical shrinkage damage to a longcase clock case base and tricky to put right successfully.  Here the front panel which is mahogany veneered on pine has shrunk and pulled back from the edge. To repair this properly ie no wood filler, the base needs taking apart. The plan here is to dismantle then remove the original flame mahogany veneer from the front of the plinth and use that to replace the shattered veneer running up the right hand side. Before veneering, the carcase needs repairing.


Here, the side panel has been removed ready for preparation of the area to be veneered.


The veneer has been removed from the plinth and the shattered veneer removed from the side area


the carcase having been repaired and now being cramped up. Many other repairs to the clock case have been undertaken in addition to this one.


“new” veneer ready to be glued down using scotch glue, pearl glue or animal glue as it is known.


some extra cramping as its imperative that the replaced veneer is dead flat in proximity to the surrounding original surfaces as I am keeping the original polished surface intact. Because this veneer came from the plinth, it matches the rest of the clock perfectly.


The replacement veneer glued onto the front face of the plinth.


The base now part polished  – this image shows part way through the finishing process. The plinth has new period veneer taken from a scrap piece of furniture. All the shrinkage cracking has disappeared. This is a time consuming and sometimes expensive method of repair but very successful if done correctly. Client was delighted – please see testimonial page for a glowing review!


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