1907 G.E. Pancake

Sorry I started this blog with the sole intention of posting at least once a week, but I just never found the time during the holiday season…So lets start 2017 off with a cool breeze.

Step right up and see the amazing “Electric Fan” brought to you by General Electric…This model is a 1906-07 GE Pancake with 110/115 Volts – 60 Cycles.

Working on antiques, especially old antique fans, brings a certain nostalgia to the equation. If you think to yourself, “this fan was made in the first part of the 20th century…where has it been? Who owned this fan? Why did it end up where I or whoever found it?” These are all good questions, but the most important question, at least for me is, “how do I breath life back into this fan?” And really when restoring any antique, thats the most important question.

Short of wiping the dust off and setting it somewhere, there is a better way to display your fan…and that’s ‘restored’. Restored and working is exactly how I like my fans. There’s the group that likes their fan’s untouched, and the group that likes their wiring redone (that way when you plug it in, your house doesn’t catch on fire) . But I’m in the group that likes it to be restored back to the original, working condition. And maybe make it look even a little better.

When I was given this fan…it was a pile of scrap. I had to but some parts and even make some of them! Anyway, heres some pictures to enjoy…





So, thats the 1906/07 GE Pancake Fan. I love these things, so I’m sure you’ll see more. (Ironically, I don’t really like pancakes for my breakfasts)


Repurposing with a purpose…

This desk was given to me by my dad when I was 12, so 18 years ago…and his parents bought it new in the 60’s…so the desk was well over 50 years old. I used it to do homework on, then after college I used it to pay bills and write “important” things down. Then after I got my grandmothers antique roll top desk…it became a catch-all.

At this time I was well into tattooing, a short lived career outside of the firehouse, and I had this metal and faux wood drawing table that wouldn’t work half the time…so thats where I saw an opportunity…a purpose to repurpose.

I took this left handed writing table/desk and I decided this will be my new drawing table. I put it in the garage and got to work! First I took the whole top off which you can’t tell from the pictures, but used to be one piece. I measured it out and cut it so that one of the pieces could be propped up like a drawing table. Next I took the hardware from the old drawing table and pieced it together to work with the new one…Also I added a piece of shoe molding so that it would catch any drawing paper while the desk was propped up…

As you can see from the pictures I had also stripped the stain and sanded down any imperfections before I made any cuts. I did run into one problem, that being the long space where a drawer used to go, could no longer go in because of the drawing table hardware.img_4162

After it was sanded down and the shoe molding was applied I added little marks like shown above to give it a more distressed feel.


This was the finished product, after stain was applied, the only thing I did after this was sprayed it with a clear sealer. There was a lot more I could have done but wanted it to look more distressed than a brand new piece of furniture.

Let me know what you think!