The true antique tables that are long and narrow are most often monastery tables. Several would be lined up along three walls of the refectory and the monks sat on only one side of the table, facing the wall, and that’s what explains why the tables were so narrow.

This 17th century refectory table had been kept for many years in a cellar. The tabletop and legs were barely in a state of preservation.

After dismantling and treating it, and with a massive amount of filling and sealing, I was able to restore all the parts. Then I reassembled the table and gave it a waxed pore filler patina.