"How to"......with Ken from Pinefinders. (Repairing a gap in the base of a drawer)

Here is Ken from Pinefinder's, Old Pine Furniture Warehouse, showing us how to repair a gap in the bottom of a drawer.

Over time wood contracts and may shrink causing a small gap to appear. This is a common problem but very easily fixed - watch this video to find out how.

You will need: a Hammer, a thick Chisel, a metal Hacksaw blade and small nails or pins.

Do you have any suggestions for our next “How to” video?? Do you have any questions or problems you think we may be able to help you with?? Please get in contact with us by email and we will share your comments on our next blog.

An 8' x 3' pine table made from old pine floorboards

Another happy customer. Here’s an 8’ x 3’ pine table we have just delivered to a customer in Toot Baldon, Oxfordshire. Made from old pine floorboards, and with lovely turned legs. It went in their long narrow dining room. They had been searching for ages for a suitable table but couldn’t find one, so they came to us to make one specially for them. The old pine floorboards we used to make the table came from an old mill in Daventry.

More information about our made to measure pine tables

Other made to measure pine furniture

Happy New Year to all of our customers!

From all of us here at Pinefinders, we would like to wish our customers a very happy new year! We hope 2019 brings you health and happiness!

Looking back on 2018 here at Pinefinders - the year flew by. We sourced just over 500 pieces of antique pine furniture for our customers, from France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark and here in the UK.

Some key pieces that I particularly liked went to some amazing houses. I was lucky enough to go along to see these pieces of furniture delivered to their new homes. It is always nice to see this, as our customers spend a lot of time thinking over what would work perfectly in the space they have. Antique furniture isn’t just there to serve a purpose, its there to be admired. It is also an investment.

Here are some pictures of the furniture we found for you in 2018

A beautiful Italian 18th Century pine Cassone / Marriage chest. A very large (wide & deep) antique pine German wardrobe, with the original large bun feet.

Bottom left - Stunning French 19th Century pine housekeepers cupboard in immaculate condition. Old Danish bank of drawers. Antique Hungarian copper pot.

Our Hungarian Copper Pots were very popular all year round but especially in the winter. Customers were buying them to use as log stores or to put their Xmas tree in. They make excellent statement pieces outside your front door - either as a planter or a home for your bay tree.

Below, is a picture of an old English Victorian school stationary cupboard. We do source Victorian and Edwardian furniture. The old school cupboards sell very quickly.

Below the cupboard is a picture of a large old farmhouse bank of drawers sideboard, with the lovely original cup handles. It is seen here in the bare wood. It looked amazing once it was wax polished.

We had our busiest year yet with our “made to measure” furniture. So much so, that we decided to offer a wider range of furniture to our customers. We now make bespoke, benches, desks, filing cabinets, console table’s and dressers. Please have a look at our newly updated page, find out more info here.

Anyway that is all for now…… Ken or I will be back some time soon, with some more news from Pinefinders. We hope to see you again in 2019. Bye for now. Alex

Large Antique Copper Planters / Pots

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CHRISTMAS TREE POTS???!!!!

We still have some pots available. Please contact us for further details.

 

Pinefinders Xmas Outing 2016

Ken kindly took Debs and I skiing for the day as a xmas treat for all our hard work this year. Here are some videos and piccies of our fun filled day!!!  All having skied in the past, (ten plus years ago) we decided we didnt need lessons and to go for it.......surprisngly we all did really well......although there was a very funny incident with Debs and the ski lift and taking people out as she went!!!!!!

Notice how in the video Ken and I don't help poor Debs up!! Well that happened quite a few times and passers by helped her instead!! what nice work collegues we are

Stay tuned for Pinefinders live TV...... coming soon!!!

Furniture painting tutorial with Debs

A helpful video for those of you who wish to DIY - paint your own furniture

Most of our furniture we have for sale is in the "bare wood" ready for waxing or painting. We offer our customers the chance to buy their chosen piece in the bare wood, for a reduced price, if they would like to wax/paint it themselves, or if they have anoyther company in mind to do  it for them. 

Hope this video helps ! Thanks for watching

Alex 

How to Wax Polish Antique Furniture - with our in house polisher

Deb's Tutorial

Here at Pinefinders we wax polish your furniture to a very high standard before it leaves our warehouse.

Most of our furniture is in the bare wood, having recently been stripped. It is then up to the customer to decide if they would like us to wax polish it for them or id they'd like to do it themselves.

This tutorial is helpful to those deciding to take the job on. So here is Debs, our in house polisher, showing you how its done.

Debs uses "Antique Brown" Briwax in this tutorial. The drawer was taken from a bank of drawers made from old reclaimed pine. If you need help deciding which polish would best suit your piece of furniture, we are happy to advise you on this.

Debs also paints furniture for our customers. Generally we use Farrow & Ball paints which is discussed in more detail once the customer decides on the colour. There will be a painting tutorial at a later date.

Thanks for watching,

Alex

 

Furniture Restoration - Wax Polishing

The Next Process............

Some of our customers ask us what happens to the furniture after they have bought it.......how do we restore and wax the piece before we deliver it??

All our furniture arrives to us stripped, aka in the "bare wood"/ "in the white". We choose to do this for various reasons. Most antique furniture was painted so we like to strip the original paintwork off, this is done by immersing in hot caustic solution. This also then rids the furinture of any live woodworm and sterilizes the wood.

Now the furniture is ready for wax polishing or re-painting. Debs, our resident polisher, checks over your chosen piece and sands it down so when it is waxed or painted the surface will be smooth. She applies the wax with a brush or wire wool, depending on the wood, then when it is all dry she gives it a really good buffing.
We use different shades of wax, we adviSe our customers on the best shade for their chosen piece.

At a later date I will go into a bit more detail about wax finishing and restoration with an instructional video showing Debs in action!!

All the best,

Alex

Why do pieces of old pine furniture vary in colour when they've been restored and waxed ?

In my experience, different types of pine have different patinas and shades. Whether it has been a quick growing or slow growing pine tree also determines whether the grain will be close or wide. (You will notice on most new pine furniture the wide grain). Also pine will darken with age. 

You can see below the first 2 images of new pine with wide grain, the 3rd image of the top of a very old pine table. Notice the very close grain.

I have tended to notice that old pine furniture from different countries are also different colours. Some pieces from East Germany, for example, can be very rich in colour, and some from The Czech Republic can be very light. 

Georgian and early Victorian English pine furniture tended to be made from very slow growing pine, so the grain was often very tight, and the wood quite hard (for a soft wood like pine). 

The English had determined that only the lower class would have a piece of furniture with the bare wood showing (just waxed or oiled), so they tended to like it painted. This lead paint will have protected the wood and also stopped the sun's rays from darkening it (Pine will darken with age if exposed to light). Therefore when we decided to start to strip and wax our old pine furniture (starting in the 1970's, and very often stripping our old pine doors also), we found the lovely old slow growing tight grained wood underneath, and we enjoyed the light colour which was enhanced when waxed with a beeswax finish.

A painted Victorian pine chest of drawers and one that has been stripped and waxed:

The darkening of pine can be regularly seen on the antique furniture I deal in, especially on many old pine Marriage Chests and Wardrobes. You may find we currently have some old pine painted Marriage Chests for sale. These types of furniture were often given as wedding present. An old pine box or wardrobe would be bought, then re-painted and then the initials of the married couple would be also painted on the item in thick lead paint. When we strip our furniture, the stencil of the writing can still be seen, it will be lighter in colour because the lead paint has protected the wood just a little more than the thinner paint elsewhere. 

1st image: An old pine painted Marriage Chest, 2nd: Caustic soda, 3rd: A close up of an old pine wardrobe, 4th: A close up of an old pine cupboard, 5th: an old East German pine chest of drawers.

Another determining factor in how the piece of furniture will look when stripped and waxed is actually 'how' it is stripped. If, for example you strip a modern piece of pine furniture with a modern methylene chloride based paint stripper and then try and wax it, it will remain a very yellow, light colour. If however you remove the paint using a caustic soda solution (sodium hydroxide), which was the common way of stripping old painted pine furniture, then the wax will take to the wood and it is absorbed nicely, producing a lovely sheen and enhanced patina.

Pinefinders TV

Well I've been trying to keep up to date with all the new 'tech stuff' and have figured out a way of broadcasting live from a video camera onto a page of the website.

This way I'll be able to show someone around the warehouse and any piece of furniture they might be interested in live on line, which might be very useful if they live too far away to come and visit.

At the moment I'm waiting for the 'super fast' broadband speeds to be increased to enable a nice clean viewing experience, and when all this is done (and I've had a little practice) we'll be up and running.

Videos of our furniture:

I've also been experimenting with videos of the furniture for sale. With a bit of trial and error I'm getting better, and from now on will be including a video with every piece of furniture to arrive, together with the usual photos, descriptions and prices etc..

Ken