General Course Content
This course is designed as a practical introduction to working on and restoring antique furniture and will cover many of the main areas and techniques required for repair and refinishing.
Ideally students will have some woodworking experience, so that structural repairs and splices etc. can be attempted with confidence.
This course is, however, equally relevant for the complete beginner who can use the course to enter the world of furniture restoration and gain the confidence of working on their own furniture in a controlled and supportive environment.
Specific techniques will be covered in a logical progression, with plenty of time set aside each day for project work, when students may work on the pieces of furniture that they have brought with them, or concentrate on increasing their skills in particular elements of the course which most interest them.
Students are invited to bring up to four pieces of furniture to work on, and for advice and guidance on an appropriate approach for their repair.
Due to the relatively short duration of the course, projects may need to be completed at home.
- Useful tools and jigs
- Dismantling furniture – releasing and cleaning joints
- Re making / repairing joints
- Glues – types, properties, preparation, uses and application
- Assembly techniques –cramps and cramping techniques
- Veneers – re laying, removing, making and patching
- Cleaning old surfaces – chemical and mechanical- the controlled approach
- Reducing stains and water marks
- Cleaning ormolu and brass fittings
- Polishes – making shellac and wax
- Finishing – techniques for applying shellac and wax polish, cosmetic colouring systems
- Metal work – ageing and colouring