Lift the roll top lid off the desk. They were mass produced to satisfy the demand.
Inspect the tambour cloth the.
Cutler roll top desk repair. You may have to open a drawer to remove screws that come from underneath to hold the top section as well. Each desk featured a rolling door that slid up and down to reveal or conceal built in pigeonholes shelves and a flat writing surface. Tambour door gets a new canvas backing thomas johnson antique furniture restoration duration.
Remove the sliding slatted door called a tambour. There are many markers that can help you identify the age and value of a roll top desk. 2 mark the position of the old cloth as compared to the.
Open the roll top portion of the desk to expose screws that hold the top to the base of the desk. The roll top desk was popular at the beginning of the last century. Lift the roll top portion of the desk and slide out the tambour or slatted door setting it cloth side up on top of the replacement cloth.
Today buying and restoring a roll top desk can be rewarding if you give it careful attention. The cylinder desk was a predecessor of the roll top and had been in use in france in the 1700s but warping of the top was common as it was made from a single piece. Abner cutler son were cabinetmakers in buffalo new york who perfected the roll top desk.
Open the rolling top and unscrew the straps on the back of the desk that hold the top section. Similar desks had been seen in europe before cutlers patent. Roll top desks came into existence in the united states during the latter part of the 19th century.
How to repair a roll top desk 1. Spread a new piece of. Roll tops can start.
Thomas johnson antique furniture restoration 83680 views. The desks like yours from the turn of the century are still popular with collectors and at a venue like an antique shop they sell at the 1000 to 1500 level. The us patent office issued a patent for the first american made roll top desk to abner cutler of buffalo ny in 1850.
Sep 22 2016 explore harmon2740s board rolltop desk repair on pinterest. The exterior facade of a roll top desk as well as its construction can provide visual clues as to its age. See more ideas about desk antique desk and pallet beds.