Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Another Project for Gypsy Lea's

While the great color debate is in play I decided to work on a second piece to bring to Gypsy Lea's for the May sale. I bought this folding harvest table at a local auction last night. Some of the boards are a little punky and the folding brackets are nicely rusted. I decided that as long as I had the sander going, I might as well attack this table too.



The sanding revealed that the boards were a little punkier than anticipated. There is now an eight inch long hole near the center of the table. And there are gaps were the shoulder of the grooves on two of the boards have broken off.


I now will have to repair the hole and as long as that is being done I will probably attack the other problems too. There are 3 options for the hole (doing nothing not being one of those options). I can cut a Dutchman repair. It is a butterfly or bowtie shaped piece of wood that is set into an identical cutout made around the hole. I can fill the hole with an epoxy wood filler. Or I can cut off the bad boards and replace them with other tongue and groove boards. Mike has some similar old T&G boards that I hope will fit. So I now have a plan for repairing the hole and replacing the bad groove shoulders.

I am just going to lacquer the table after the repair. It should look great. More for Gypsy Lea's will be featured soon.

Mr. Flannery

PS.

I also have a couple of other interesting pieces ready for Gypsy Lea's.


This tulip pitcher is from the Pioneer Power flea market last Friday. It is Roseville Pottery from about 1916. My mother had a similar pitcher when I was growing up. I remember it as being used exclusively for Kool-Aid. I can see the grape Kool-Aid mix swirling in the pitcher as we mixed in cups of sugar.


This Ice Tea container was made by Watt Pottery in the 1950's. It will look great on the harvest table at someone's deck party.


And then there is this FIRE bucket. I think that it has a pointy bottom so people wouldn't take it to use elsewhere.

6 comments:

AngelMc said...

I have a fire bucket too. My husband said it is pointed so that you can push it down in a large container of water to fill it rather than dipping it. Does that make sense?

Mr. Flannery said...

Angel - It would have the same bouancy and pressure pushing it down as soon as you got near the top of the bucket. If it was a filling issue I think you'd just slip it in at an angle.

Mr. Flannery said...

Angel - I found this statement on a blog about the history of the Detroit Fire Dept. "SOME FIRE BUCKETS WERE MADE WITH SLIGHTLY ROUNDED BOTTOMS OR EVEN POINTED BOTTOMS (THESE WERE HUNG FROM HOOKS) THIS WAS TO TRY TO PREVENT THEM FROM BEING USED FOR ORDINARY HOUSEHOLD BUCKETS IN MOPPING, WASHING WINDOWS, ETC.z'

AuroraSuzette said...

Nice table. Have never seen a folding one like it.

red.neck chic said...

I need the fire bucket. I have never seen one!!! I could put it in my kitchen next to my 2 fire extinguishers and my newest/oldest one!!!

Now I'm on the hunt for a fire bucket.

That table is cool!!! It will look great with lacquer!!!

;-) robelyn

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Put that bucket on your head and be a cone head for a day. Or a dunce. Your call. ~Mindy