24 Week Antique Furniture Restoration Course commencing 4th January 2016

John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Furniture Maker
Address: Bankside Farm Ditching Common, St Michaels Cottages, Burgess Hill, East Sussex RH15 0SJ
Telephone 01444 480388
24 Week Antique Furniture Restoration Course
DURATION 24 WEEKSThis course is taken in conjunction with the 12 Week Foundation Furniture Making Skills and Techniques Course which forms the first term. The second term concentrates specifically on restoration. Students already enrolled on either the 24 or 36 week Furniture Making Courses may take this as a 12 week bolt-on course.

Cabinet-making is the foundation skill for a Furniture Restorer, allowing structural repairs and replacement parts to be made; add to this metalworker, lock-smith, polisher, gilder, carver, turner and problem solver of immense cunning…………. and you begin to realise that a Restorer is very much a ‘Jack of all trades’, and has to be a master of all of them.
Monday 4th January – Friday 25th March 2016 (Good Friday) –


Monday 11th April – Friday 1st July 2016-


Monday 19th September – Friday 9th December 2016


Monday 16th January – Friday 7th April 2017


Monday 24th April – Friday 14th July 2017



The Ethics of Furniture Restoration & Conservation

Dismantling Antiques
Strategies for the controlled loosening of joints to take furniture apart for repair/re-gluing
Joint Repairs
• False tenons
• Dovetails
• Rub-joints
• Dowels

Specialist Restoration Techniques
• Straightening bent/twisted components
• Stabilising splits
• Flattening table tops, leaves…
• Splices
• Re-laying loose veneers
• Letting in repairs
• Cutting new veneers

Inlay & Marquetry
• Techniques for matching/replacing missing parts

Assembling Antiques
• Glue choice
• Cramping strategies
• Home made cramps

• Silver-soldering
• Repairing fittings

• Overhauling
• Cutting missing keys
• Gaining entry to locked items!

• Consolidating wormy timber
• Treating/preventing woodworm infestation

Colouring & Polishing
• Oxidising new work to replicate age
• Blending new work
• Cleaning original surfaces
• Advanced French Polish & Waxing Techniques

Test Pieces
For Example: Knuckle Joint; Cabriole Leg; Cross-Grain Moulding

Project Work
As always, Project Work forms the back-bone of the course and the majority of the course time is spent at the bench. Students will generally bring in several small(ish) pieces of furniture to work on and to practice restoration techniques.