You're right the proportions are fine from an aesthetics point of view, but its not functional. So I need to figure how much I can shorten it without throwing off the aesthetics and wrecking a nice piece of furniture. In part I need to know how longs the legs are and then I'll have an idea who much can be lost.To highall down to personal choice of course looks about right height and in proportion to my old eyes
It’s all original from the 70s I’d like to keep that as much as I can. There seems to be an obsession with sticking hairpin legs on mid century furniture. I know you’re not suggesting that. But I like the squareness of everything on it. But if it came to altering the legs I may chamfer the legs.Maybe use a new leg design altogether, a square tapered splayed leg would help keep proportions.
Nice workmanship in keeping the bottom grain lined up which makes me think the left drawer might be better on the right hand end of the other two.I've bought the sideboard, just a couple of bits to bring it back to life. It needs the legs shortening as at nearly 1m high, its a bit too high for a sideboard. Its a south African brand I have been told. Some nicks to the corners but I was thinking knot filler squared off if I can find the right colour. Then some serious elbow grease polishing and buffing, unless there are any other issues.View attachment 121479
I would suggest it is ripple/curly, If it helps i always pay more for grain like that!Hi All
I've just joined the forum as I will be restoring furniture for my new house and plan for everything inside and out to be restored, refurbished or made by myself. I have seen this sideboard that needs a little work but the wood has strange lines parallel to the grain, I've not seen that before. Does anyone know what it is? Thanks for any help.View attachment 121423
I'd say the figure in the original photograph isn't pronounced enough really to qualify as fiddleback. The image below falls into that category better.The figuring is called "fiddleback" and is highly prized amongst luthiers - amongst others - for precisely that purpose. You're very lucky to have got such large single pieces, all so figured.
I wonder if you might be slightly in error with that description of the cause of ripple or fiddleback figuring? It occurs to me that you might be mixing it up with the cause of crotch figure? As far as I'm aware no-one has definitively pinned down the precise mechanism that causes a tree to develop rippled growth - it seems to be a random and largely unpredictable occurrence, or at least that's what my researches into the topic suggest. If you have sources for what you say I'd very much appreciate you pointing me towards them.It occurs around and below the point where a branch grows out, and is caused by the compression from the weight of the branch acting on the fibres supporting it.
I already have a pretty good handle on what fiddleback sycamore and maple look like, so I think I'll give the luthiers a miss for now, ha, ha. Foresters and loggers are quite adept at quickly spotting wavy grain or fiddleback figure in tree trunks, either still standing or felled - peeling a bit of bark off to below the cambium layer will reveal such figuring, which occurs in other wood species besides maples, including sycamore.The sample you show certainly looks like classic fiddleback sycamore to me. Maybe best to ask some experienced luthiers?
It seems likely that whoever told you about the underside of branch stems being the cause of ripple figure in a tree's stem was either guessing or perhaps just passing on something heard. In truth I can't imagine anyone, even back in 1958, would really think the near location of a branch could possibly lead to anything other than localised ripple figure simply because ripple or fiddleback figure can, as I've already mentioned, extend the full length and width of all or most of the boards in a saw log.As for the cause, I report what I was told in Woodwork classes at school in 1958. But perhaps knowledge has advanced since then? This research:
Growth performance and wood structure of wavy grain sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) in a progeny trial - Annals of Forest Science• Key message Wavy grain, a rare figure type of wood, leads to highly priced timber in Acer pseudoplatanus L. The influence of this trait on growth performance and its causes are not known. Analyzed wavy and straight grain sycamore maple progenies show comparable growth performance in a field...link.springer.com
suggests that it is genetic.