Museum Restoration Woodwork
In this project summary we show the finished traincar doors, authentically handmade new again from our Richmond VA shop. The traincar on display at the Science Museum of Virginia hosts classes from it’s original 1891 construction. Gepetto craftsmen rebuilt and replaced the freight doors and hinge mechanisms as well as the other entrace and exit doors matching the original solid wood joinery technques.
Built New to Historic Standards
Newly built to historic quality and matching craftsmanship for museums, historic sites, and autentic home restoration. Gepetto craftsmen build using solid wood joinery, square mortises and other historically accurate techniques no longer used in today’s CNC modern build styles.
Notice in the video the fine detailed transitions at the corners, double bevels and other detailed elements. Back in 1891 those detailed were probably put in with hand-tools. We can do the same, but in our mixed-modern shop we build by hand with electric power tools and custom made industrial tooling that replicates the effects of hand tooling with fewer mistakes and faster processing.
When other shops quote your project, they’re probably quoting all new tooling to mee your needs. We have a rack of profile bits ready to load into our machines. We can retool and rebuild a workflow around windows, trim, doors, and floors.
Wooden Window Restoration VA
Gepetto supplies more historic wooden windows than any other supplier on the east coast. Wood window production has become our specialty because keeping historic windows makes construction elgible for historic tax credits. Gepetto craftsmen build to order frames, casings and sashes to keep your renovation building project on timeline. If you are planning to restore a historic warehouse or derelict building take a look at historic tax credits to make the financial equations balance.