Although I consider myself a cabinet maker, I am frequently asked to restore furniture. A good restorer must have many skills including those of the cabinet maker, French polisher, wood turner, woodcarver, upholsterer and marqueteer.

One of the major abilities needed is the skill to polish well along with an eye for colour and ability to use stains and colour polish correctly.

One of the recent restoration projects I undertook was to replace a badly damaged marquetry panel on a Victorian nursing chair.

After copying the design onto paper I then produced a perforated copy on Kraft paper. This was used to produce a number of identical copies which were then cut out and glued to appropriate packets of veneers as required. All the elements and background were cut and parts assembled with animal glue onto Kraft paper.

Once I removed the old marquetry panel, by heat from an iron and warm water I proceeded to clean the now exposed groundwork ready for the application of the new marquetry panel.

The biggest challenge was gluing the new panel into place onto the chair which had a hollow curve in both its length and its width. I used a sandbag which moulded perfectly into shape and animal glue modified with urea was used as it has an extended assembly time.

Other projects I have restored are:

Grandfather clock
Card tables
Chest of drawers
Clock cases
Gate leg tables
Side tables

If you have any furniture that you would like restored please get in touch to discuss further.

Before restoration   After restoration