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Tom Johnson of Thomas Johnson Antique Furniture Restoration in Gorham, Maine restores a handsome set of late Modern continuous arm chairs built by renowned Maine cabinetmaker Thomas Moser in the 1980s. Tom has been restoring furniture professionally since 1979. Visit our website at call us at (207) 222-2266, or write us at [email protected] And for those on the west coast looking for custom framing, be sure to check out Tom’s daughter’s shop, (@emcollierframes on Instagram).

29 Comments on Restoring a Set of Thomas Moser Chairs – Thomas Johnson Antique Furniture Restoration

  1. It seems like the wedge in the top of the leg is preventing the loose leg from moving down through the seat and the peg on the underside is preventing the leg from moving up through the seat or at least helping the wedge maintain the position of the leg. In service, both the wedge and the peg are needed. I wonder if the front two legs may have been a little long, thus making most of the service loads on the front legs higher than the loads on the rear legs. The pegs may have been a little short and not fully engaged in the leg. I don't think it is worth x-raying the joint to find out. Perhaps the front legs had a slightly higher moisture content when the chair was built and a change in moisture changed the diameter of the leg between the top and bottom of the seat. If you have six chairs and only one of them have this problem decades after normal use, it is probably an unusual set of circmstances that caused the failure. If you tried to drill that peg, it is highly likely you would endup replacing it with a peg with a larger diameter. The more you think about it, the speccial glue starts to sound better and better.

  2. When you blow off the dust with the airline doesn't it come down and settle on the coat of oil? I thought that a tac cloth is used.

  3. Those chairs are gorgeous, elegant. Future antique classics. I never knew you could wash wooden furniture with soap and water. Thanks for that info!

  4. Beautiful chair ans fantastic work as always Thomas! you had me checking out some chairs on ebay but at $900 a pop a bit to dear for my wallet .. lol

  5. Thomas…excellent work. I've now watched about a dozen of your restoration videos and have learned something from each episode. You are a real professional and I thank you for sharing your skill and experience.

  6. I used that penetrating glue once on a rocker. The glue evidently expanded so much when we sat on the chair it literally exploded. I've been afraid to use again. You are inspiring me with your videos. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and your patience to describe the processes.

  7. Hi tom I just bought a antique high chair. The lady told me it was dipped. What can I buy to restore. Can you please give me steps to what I can do. I was going to just stain with nice finish. But I am no expert. Just want to make it look nice. Thanks for video.

  8. Nice Job, they look new! I have an antique french classic chair that I removed the laquer but there are many dark spots especially around the crevices and design work that I cant seem to remove. Some of the legs are dark grey along with spotting all over giving the chair a dirty look. I dont want to stain the wood, I just want to use a tongue oil as I love the its natural coloring. Would you suggest I use oxalic acid to clean it up? What else would you suggest? I have used a tooth brush for most of the job since the detailing has many crevices. Any advice on how to clean this baby up? Thanks in advance.

  9. Tom, could you please give a little detail on drilling out the pegs versus injecting the glue plus a little discussion of the glue? As always your video and especially your analysis of furniture woes are deeply appreciated!Chuck

  10. fantastic  I watch your videos before I go out to my projects…. you inspire and I , being  pretty green at this, gain courage too.   thank you

  11. Nice. Your careful observation of the dowel pins on the chair legs was great. I might have tried to drill out the dowel pins which, I think, would have been a mistake.

  12. Hey Tom . . . As always, I love to see your work . . . It's always inspiring . . . And thanks for taking the time to produce the videos . . . You do a great job . . .

  13. It has to be great for the owner to get back the chairs looking so beautiful. You always make great products and remake the damage so nice

  14. Hey Tom, great video, I like watching the transformation back to the "almost like new " they came out great! Without getting long winded chairs are really an amazing feat of design. Not just eye appealing , but durable and functional. You just gave those beauties another 30 yrs of life. Great job!

  15. The final coat was a satin tongue oil. Whatever were the first two coats? I guess am unaware what sheens Waterlox comes in.

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