Nobody wants to mess up their cherished antique while trying to fix it. I understand that concern because I routinely see well-meant but inappropriate repairs on nice furniture. But what’s a guy to do when a stretcher is loose on his dining chair? Is it absolutely necessary to take it to a professional for every little issue? If they were to fix it, how would they know the “right” way to go about it, anyway? Assuming the object in question is not extraordinarily important historically or monetarily, I see no reason a woodworker/handyman properly informed can’t fix his own furniture.
To help you out here, I’ll be teaching a class at Lie-Nielsen this fall. This will be an introduction to furniture restoration tackling things like restoration/conservation theory, typical structural repairs, surface cleaning, and inpainting with shellac, pigments, and dyes. To do this each student will be restoring a chair as a case study to learn broader restoration principals. For kicks, I’ll show you how to mix your own liquid hide glue and shellac too. If you’ve never done it before because you’ve felt intimidated, fear no longer. Join us this September and I guarantee you will have no more hesitations about converting to hide glue and shellac.
I’ve been daydreaming/designing this class the past few years and I feel like I’ve been able to boil it down into something manageable in a weekend. It’ll definitely be a crash course but I know every student will walk away feeling more empowered to address their antique furniture troubles.
Sign up here at the Lie-Nielsen site: https://www.lie-nielsen.com/workshop/USA/97
I look forward to seeing you guys there!