|Candy Thermometer but no Candy|
|Sapele Elliptical Hall Table with Drawers|
Of course that meant I needed to disassembly the shelf, bring it out to the shop, and remove the existing caning. Even without the pressure of the upcoming competition I wasn't looking forward to this needed task knowing that one slip of the chisel and we'd be back to square one.
I had used Old Brown Glue for the cane so wanted to double check with Patrick on the website to get his advice on the best way to rehydrate the glue. That brings us to the top picture and the candy thermometer. For some restoration work I'd used a water and vinegar solution but his suggestion was water and a steam iron to about 150 degrees. Didn't want to use a steam iron and risk raising the grain so did the compromise thing and heated the water instead. The small bottle was used like a syringe to suck up some heated water and then squirt it where needed.
|Removal in Progress|
Here you can see a before and after cane removal. The plan is to let it dry completely until Monday, then I'll make a thin scraper that will just fit inside of the groove to remove any residue and re-cane.
|One Down, One to Go|