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G Plan Long John Coffee Table Identification/repair

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- 04 Feb 2018 -
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Hi everyone,

I have been fortunate enough to acquire this beautiful coffee table from my Grandad. I believe it is a genuine G-Plan as it is carrying the gold embossed EG logo of E. Gomme.

I have done a little research and understand it to be a 'Long John' coffee table (model No. 8017) from the 'tola and black' range,circa 1962. I had assumed it was teak but according to the catalogue it is Tola. Any thoughts?

Does anyone know if these tables are rare? A quick google search does seem to show any. Any advise when it comes to restoring these tables would be welcomed. One edge in particular is quite damaged and I do not know how best to treat it. Is it perhaps best to leave it as it is and re-oil it all over, or should it be re-veneered?

I assume it is a veneer based on the photos below. Any advice would be greatly recommended.

G Plan Long John Coffee Table Identification/repair
United Kingdom
coffee & side tables
1960 - 1969


- 06 Feb 2018

Here's the original advert/ catalogue page.

Anyone out there have any info they can share?

- 06 Feb 2018

It’s always good to see family furniture passed down to people who want to keep it. Often styles and preferences change, and unwanted itemed get sold off.

From an ID/wood perspective, you’ve pretty much already answered your own questions.

From a repair perspective, a simply oiling with 0000 will do just fine for now. If that veneer loss bothers you, you could consider a sawdust/glue putty fill in the future. It can take a few attempts to look decent though. The basic premise is to find a similar wood stock (tola might be hard to find but teak should do fine). I use a bench grinder to create a fine wood dust. Mix that with a little wood glue (or clear Elmer’s is a nice alternate that leif discovered), and apply to the veneer loss area with a putty knife or similar. After the putty has dried, you can carefully sand to match the adjacent wood. If you are well versed in this technique, then you could try to simulate grain with a sharp point. However, you probably want to test out technique on scrap wood first.

Good luck.

- 06 Feb 2018

Thanks for the comment cdsilva.

I am a complete novice with regards collecting and restoring furniture of this (or any) age, so I am thinking I may have to take it to a professional. I'd hate to make the situation worse!

Could you just explain what you mean by '.oiling with 0000...'?

I'd be intrigued to know from a value point of view whether it is best to leave as it is in its original condition if you like or get a professional restoration carried out.

- 06 Feb 2018

Sorry, 0000 is the least abrasive type of steel wool here in the US. Not sure if they have the same designations in the UK. You apply the teak oil to the wool and rub with the grain direction.

With respect to value, G-Plan was a UK-made brand with Danish styling. It was targeted towards the middle class and were made in fairly large numbers. As such, values are not so high, especially in the UK. Costs for professional refinishing might exceed the value of the table itself.

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