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Hobby Workbench Build

In my post on finishing projects, I discussed taking up the hobby of model trains.  This hobby can be very challenging and time consuming, but the final product can be visually beautiful.  Regardless, you will need a place to work while building your steam empire.  As shown below, my...

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Modifying Modern Furniture: Lessons Learned – Part 1

Five years ago I needed a computer desk but was unable to find something suitable in my antique buying travels.  Antique furniture, and desks in particular, are difficult to find in a correct size.  Remember that we are taller/larger today than our recent ancestors, and we are also richer in material...

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Chapter 1: The Antiquarian’s Early Years

I thought it might be fun to cover a little of my relevant history for you faithful readers and for my son’s future reading.  What follows in Chapter 1 covers the early years of my antiquarian ways and gives some credit where it’s due.  A lot happened during this era, especially hand...

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Victorian Rococo Revival

Queen Victoria’s reign lasted many years and the era that bears her name spans from the early 1800’s through the turn of the century.  Styles changed during that period so saying you like Victorian era furniture actually covers a number of different furniture styles.  For this post I’ll focus on the French Rococo Revival...

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About Finishing Projects

Several years ago, my wife purchased a Bachmann N-scale “Empire Builder” train set for me.  It was a starter set that included a heavy steam locomotive, a small selection of freight cars, a power pack, and an oval of Bachmann’s quick connecting track.  Man was I stoked!    ...

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Documenting Progress

I’ve been restoring antiques since 1992.  In that time we’ve seen tremendous change in our world:  the rise of the internet, cell phones, email, text, social media, GPS navigation, and digital photography just to name a few.  Music transitioned from tape to CD to digital download.  Stealth became American military philosophy...

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The Union X Plane Family is Finally Together

Before moving to our new house, I continued to collect items on my Antique Bucket List and, because I didn’t really have space to work on them, I just put them into storage.  Since space was so limited and since similar items were bought at different times, I didn’t actually store similar items together. ...

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