Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Duncan Phyfe, An Old Design, with a Built-In Flaw
We often get these classically styled pieces in our shop, and usually they all come to us for the same reason. The sweeping curved legs aren't the most sturdy design and they tend to break off just after they join with the pedestal. We actually have two such tables with just such repairs needed, sitting in our office right now, and we have another table in our 'completed' racks that just had the same kind of repair done.
The reason this design breaks so consistently in the same area, is that since the leg is cut into a curve, the grain runs across it in some areas, instead of up and down. A normal, vertical grain line is much sturdy and less likely to break. the cross grain line of a Duncan Phyfe leg is more susceptible to pressure and can snap.
The good thing is, we have all the tricks and tools to get these legs back together, looking as good as new, and just as sturdy, if not more sturdy then before the break. If you have one of these lovely pieces, which has it's own crack or break, bring it to us. We would be happy to restore it to it's former glory.