I have just retrieved a family heirloom solid mahogany dining table and chair set. It was probably made in the 1960's by a Philidelphia custom furniture maker and needs repair to one of the pedestal bases. It's a Chippendale style design with two ball and claw foot pedestals supporting the table. One of the pedestals has some splits vertically and horizontally. The legs are attached using a single sliding dovetail to the pedestal post and one of the legs dovetail is working loose too.
I love my woodworking time but I am no fine furniture maker (yet). So while I'd love to be the hero and repair it I'd rather make sure it's fixed properly and survives for more generations. In the late 1980's the complete set was appraised for $6000-7000 (chairs, table, leaves and sideboard). Anyone know or does work at this level in the Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky area around 2-3 hrs from Indianapolis or closer?
I can post pictures in a day or two. Have to get it out of the trailer first.