Furniture Care: Repairing and Restoring Chests & Cabinets: Professional Techniques To Bring Your Furniture Back To Life

Furniture Care: Repairing and Restoring Chests & Cabinets: Professional Techniques To Bring Your Furniture Back To Life

by William Cook


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An essential guide to basic and advanced restoration techniques for antique chests and cabinets, Clear step-by-step instructions for everyday restoration tasks, including dismantling and rebuilding, polishing, waxing and staining, A comprehensive introduction provides a fascinating history, describing how chests and cabinets have evolved over time, and how to take them apart and put them back together, Expert advice on buying, using and caring for tools, equipment and materials, Projects include repairing a split top, replacing a bracket foot, repairing a glazed door, correcting a minor twist, restoring desk drawers, and repairing a grandfather clock, More than 400 specially commissioned photographs, with close-ups of tools, techniques, equipment and materials, as well as before-and-after shots

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754829164
Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 08/07/2014
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 862,015
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introducing Chest and Cabinet Restoration 6

History of Chests and Cabinets 8

Chest Construction 11

Tools, Equipment and Materials 12

Creating a Workspace 14

Saws and Measuring Devices 16

Hammers and Screwdrivers 17

Smoothing Tools and Clomps 18

Chisels and Carving Tools 20

Turning Tools 22

Machinery 24

Collecting and Storing Wood 26

Collecting and Storing Veneerss 28

Polishes and Glues 30

Gilt and Stains 32

Leather 34

Handles and Hinges 35

Mounts, Cattors and Metalware 38

Locks and keys 40

Restoration Techniques 42

Dismantling and Rebuilding Chests 44

Dismantling the chest 44

Reassembling the chest 46

Polishing and colouring 48

French polishing 48

Waxing 51

Staining 52

Graining 53

Repairing Carcasses and Tops 54

Repairing a split top 54

Replacing a bracket foot 56

Repairing Drawers 58

Replacing cock beading 58

Replacing drawer runners 59

Replacing drawer stops 60

Cutting a dovetail joint 61

Repairing a split drawer bottom 63

Repairing Doors 64

Repairing a glazed door 64

Repairing a sliding tamhour 67

Refitting a door 68

Correcting a minor twist 69

Project: 19th-century Desk 70

Repairing the desk top 71

Repairing the drawers 76

Repairing the carcass 79

Reassembling and polishing 83

Project: Grandfather Clock 84

Repairing the hood 85

Restoring the trunk and plinth 87

Polishing 90

Setting up the clock 91

Glossary 92

Further Information 93

Index 94

Authors Acknowledgements 96

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