Georgian Secretaire Chest
A truly terrible repair to a georgian mahogany secretaire chest leg! This is the sort of repair we restorers come across all the time – probably a well meaning DIY job rather than a paid for repair. I suppose at least it enabled the chest to be used!
Once the ad hoc leg was removed this is what remains. Original is leg completely missing and there is some worm damage as well. The challenge here is to repair in such a way that the leg still has strength.
New leg scarfed into the carcase side using several layers of wood and veneer with each layer giving more strength. It’s a time consuming way of repairing but worth it as the repair will be solid and longlasting.
The above image shows a piece of antique mahogany saw cut veneer taken from a scrap piece of period furniture ready to be spliced into the damaged area in order to make good the surface again. I carry huge stocks of old period veneer in order to carry out these type of repairs.
Here the “new” veneer section is all glued in using traditional scotch glue. The veneer is the same age, colour and grain as that of the original so hoping for a good match here!
The completed job, polished and distressed. All the legs are a little short having been cut down in the past. The customer was happy to accept this rather than pay for all four legs to be extended. The client was really pleased with the end result as they didnt think the leg could be repaired.