This is the third post in a series on this project. This post continues from the previous post: East Lake Sofa-Bed Upholstery #2A: Repair. To begin at the beginning return to Eastlake Sofa-Bed Upholstery Conservation #1: Excavation.
The front arm panels were repaired, beginning with disassembly. Note the broken structural back panel.
New structural back panels for both front arm panels were created. The location of the new hole in the new pack support panel to the original front arm panel was marked, drilled, and new dowels were secured using warm hide glue.
The seat frame, previous created (East Lake Sofa-Bed Upholstery #2A: Repair), was finally assembled. As it was assembled, with new corner blocks, it was screwed, glued with warm hide glue, and leveled flat.
The back was reassembled in the same basic manner, conserved holes, mortice and tenons cleaned and made anew as necessary, and the reassembled using warm hide glue. After reassembly it was attached to the seat frame with the hinges.
The bottom of the armrest was assembled next. The bottom bed frame/armrest was reset properly with Mitchell’s expertise and calculations. Originally it was set at an angle (simply sloppy, not intentional) which caused the piece to wear.
Hinge holes were conserved as shown in the leg reparation.
The mattress was not engineered properly to allow for the mattress to move onto the frame. Mitchell added new tack strips to support the mattress properly, assuming that the sofa-bed will occasionally be used as a sleepover for grandchildren!
We found another crack in the frame and the leg was gently tamped out to repair it. The old hide glue was thoroughly cleaned from the tenons and the mortice, and the crack was repaired using warm hide glue. Reassembly was done, and the leg was clamped to cure.
Kate now took control of the sofa-bed frame in the first part of the reparation of the finish in the next post: “East Lake Sofa-Bed Upholstery #3: Finish Reparation.”
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