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9781861264947

How to Restore Antique Furniture

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  • ISBN13:

    9781861264947

  • ISBN10:

    1861264941

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2002-04-01
  • Publisher: Crowood Press

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Summary

How to Restore Antique Furnitureis a hands-on guide to the care and repair of a range of furniture types. Beginning with a history of furniture construction, which introduces the techniques to be found in pieces from various periods, the book discusses the qualities and applications of most common wood types, offering advice on tools and accessories. Among the topics covered are dismantling furniture; removing old nails, screws, and glue; repairing dowel, knuckle, mortise, and tenon joints; mending damaged turnings; tackling veneers and marquetry; and restoring glass, keys, and locks. Colin Holcombe is a professional furniture restorer and the author ofAn Introduction to Woodwork and Marquetry Techniques.

Table of Contents

Preface 7(2)
Introduction 9(3)
A brief history of English furniture construction
12(12)
The chest
14(3)
The chair
17(2)
The table
19(3)
The sideboard
22(2)
Glossary of furniture types and wood
24(12)
Some types of furniture
24(9)
Some types of wood
33(3)
The basics of furniture restoration
36(6)
The workshop
36(1)
The bench
36(1)
Accessories
37(5)
Some useful tools
39(3)
Dismantling furniture
42(16)
Some points to remember
42(1)
The chair
42(6)
A note on chair arms
46(1)
Corner blocks
47(1)
Dismantling the cabinet
48(2)
Basic non-veneered construction
48(2)
Basic veneered construction
50(1)
Dismantling drawers
50(1)
Dismantling tables
51(5)
Tables with drawers
52(1)
Tripod tables
52(3)
Victorian extending dining tables
55(1)
Card and supper tables
56(1)
Removing nails from joints
56(1)
Removing old screws
56(1)
Removing wooden pegs
57(1)
Releasing old glue
57(1)
Repairs to parts of furniture
58(16)
Joints
58(8)
Dowel joint
58(3)
Knuckle joint
61(2)
Mortise and tenon joint
63(2)
Chair rail joints
65(1)
Drawers
66(5)
Sequence of repairs
68(1)
New drawer side
68(1)
New drawer front
69(1)
New drawer bottom
69(1)
Cock-beading
70(1)
Replacing chair rails
71(1)
Legs
71(3)
Square leg repairs
71(1)
Dowelling a turned leg
71(3)
Repairs to damaged turning
74(6)
Woodturning
74(1)
Pillars
75(1)
Cabriole legs
75(5)
Repairing splits
80(2)
Split tops
80(2)
Veneers
82(7)
Loose veneer
82(1)
Blistering
82(1)
Missing pieces
82(1)
Veneering with scotch glue
83(5)
Hammer method
85(1)
Caul method
86(1)
Applying veneer to curved surfaces
87(1)
Veneering with modern glue
87(1)
Making a new top reusing the original veneer
88(1)
Marquetry
89(6)
Original methods
89(1)
Replacing missing marquetry
90(3)
Window method
91(2)
Lifting marquetry
93(1)
A very tricky problem
94(1)
Lifting veneer
94(1)
Polishing
95(5)
Removing old polish
95(1)
Staining
96(1)
Wax polishing
97(1)
A quick method
97(1)
French polishing
97(2)
Oil finishing
99(1)
Cramping
100(6)
Types of cramp
100(1)
Sash cramp
100(1)
G-cramp
100(1)
Upholstery springs
101(1)
Webbing cramps
101(1)
Cramping chairs
101(3)
Side-assembled
101(1)
Back-assembled
102(1)
Shaped seats
103(1)
Other uses
Areas that cannot be reached
104(1)
Cramping inside a cabinet
104(1)
Cramping a half-round or D-end table top
104(2)
Glass
106(4)
Replacing door panes
106(1)
Cutting Glass
106(4)
Straight glass
106(1)
Shaped glass
107(3)
Keys and locks
110(3)
Making a key
111(1)
Opening locks without the key
111(1)
Non-catching locks
112(1)
Miscellaneous matters
113(5)
Warped tops and stiles
113(1)
Woodworm
113(2)
Stoppers
115(1)
Polisher's putty
115(1)
Wax stopper or beaumontage
116(1)
Stopper for use under veneer
116(1)
Removing stains
116(1)
Stains from grease or fat
116(1)
Burns
116(1)
Cleaning brass mounts
116(1)
Cleaning tortoiseshell
116(1)
Marble repairs
116(2)
Cane seating
118(7)
The cane
118(1)
The six ways pattern
118(7)
Finishing off
122(1)
Concealed holes
123(2)
Appendix: Professional bodies 125(2)
Index 127

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