I have just posted 5-6 pictures in alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking.
The titles are "old parlor table and chairs".
These are pictures of an old parlor table and chairs from my
Grandfather's house. They date from very roughly the turn of the
I looked 'em over, and can't figure out what to make of them. There is
obviously a lot of hard work and craftsmanship behind them. At the
same time, the wood is extremely soft, partly from drying up with age,
partly because it's inherently soft. Not ideal for such ornate
furniture. The wood is quite yellowish and has been stained the dark
mahogany color you see. Has a small knot or two visible here and
there. There's this interesting veneer on the table.
Oh yeah, they are from a home in West Central Pennsylvania.
Could this originate from a local craftsman working with local woods?
I filled some deep cracks on the base underside with dyed epoxy, a few
things like that :-) Also removed an iron brace somebody screwed in
where one of the feet was breaking off. The marble top is really