Tag Archives: furniture damage

Clean a finish before you decide to strip it off

Here we have the top of a small folding game table from the early to mid 20th century, as you can see it is fairly rough. Most people seeing it would immediately say it needs to be stripped and refinished. … Continue reading

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The Erie canal was completed on October 26, 1825, it’s completion opened the areas west of the¬†Appalachian Mountains to settlement and trade. Shortly after, Milwaukee began as a Great Lakes port and further opened the Midwest to a second migration … Continue reading

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Upholstery Repair ( damaged tack edge )

A recurring problem in the repair of upholstered furniture is the degradation of the edges where the upholstery is tacked to the piece. Many upholsterers are not wood workers, so when removing old upholstery you never know what you will … Continue reading

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Straightening a Warp [ Compression Set ]

One of the most common questions I receive is “can you remove the warp from this_____” fill in the blank with something like table leaves, drawer bottom, or table top. The answer is always the same. ” That depends”.¬† Anything … Continue reading

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Barley Twist Chair

This is an oak chair with barley twist turnings that came in to be re-glued. While disassembling I found that one of the rear legs was cracked just below the seat mortise in the first twist. It wasn’t broken all … Continue reading

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Quick edge repair [ epoxy putty ]

For this type of repair I would normally trim the damaged area, fashion and glue in a wooden plug with hide glue, then inpaint and finish the damaged area. When time or budget constraints are a limiting factor this is … Continue reading

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Deep Scratch Repair

This is the side of a walnut display case that is pretty beat up. There are a number of deep scratches that go through the finish and into the wood. The case belongs to a small poor historic society so … Continue reading

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The Permanent Glue Joint

One constantly reads on the web something like ” with the development of modern adhesives do you still need to do this or do that when making things from wood”. This kind of statement is based on the idea that … Continue reading

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Federal Style Table [ broken apron ]

The Federal period in the US was from 1780 to 1820, “It Combined the neoclassic furniture style characteristics of Hepplewhite and Sheraton. It is characterized by graceful straight lines, light construction, tapered legs, and the use of inlay, and contrasting … Continue reading

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Eastlake Side Chair [ broken seat rail ]

This is a circa 1880 walnut side chair with a cane seat, it has been refinished at some time in the past. The front seat rail has a break that runs through the leg mortise. The rest of the chair … Continue reading

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