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Our goal is to restore your piece to its original condition or artistically give it that perfect, old world look. It gives advice on how to date furniture, how to restore damaged structures and surfaces, and how to apply finishing touches. The reader is not expected to be a skilled cabinet maker, but he or she will be shown, in step-by-step detail, the most frequently encountered restoration tasks and problems. This book's strength lies in its instructions for structural and finish repairs to wood furniture and in details like the explanation of how to duplicate brass fixtures. It described the old school way of restoring and reviving old furniture without using harsh or super bonding glues and gentle methods, including very useful advice on repairs (and when not to). Maybe the locations for finding items are quite the same, but the process is.
Great tips for identifying true antiques, what qualifies as an antique, what makes them valuable or cause something to lose value. They don't take the person through short cuts, its about doing it right, and the book explains the differences. A valuable resource for anyone who wants to buy or repair old furniture, written easily enough most beginners won't have trouble with it, but with enough information for experience woodworkers to learn better techniques. The book is too short, and would benefit from a larger presentation on colour matching. His techniques preserve the integrity and value of antiques by treating them conservatively. If you want to do a proper job of restoring a fine antique this book is an essential tool. Unlike many books on the subject it gives you the information you need without wasting your time or money.
I only regularly deal with a limited selection of wood types, but there are two basic facts that you need to know. Finishing is the process of staining and coating applied to a wood. The way to identify wood is by its grain—not by its color. However, the rule still stands: you identify wood by its grain. It is difficult to explain what each grain looks like, but it is easy to show with pictures. Some people call it “tiger” oak because of its characteristic striping. The main, innermost wood that you see is cathedral mahogany. Often it is very difficult to determine what kind of wood the furniture is made of if it is not clearly labeled with the furniture. Almost any type of wood could be used to build furniture. Some woods have always been favored for their beauty, durability, and workability and rate a lot higher in that respect to people who build and buy furniture. The preferred furniture woods were readily available, so less attractive or durable woods were used only for hidden parts inside a piece. For this reason, pre-1900 furniture is almost always worth restoring. As these preferred woods have become scarcer and more expensive, furniture has been made with more abundant woods; the traditional favorites have become rare. By you being able to identify the type of wood or woods used for your furniture can help you determine your furniture's real value is. Identifying your furniture's wood can sometimes be the deciding factor in figuring out if your furniture is worth being refinished or if it should be thrown away. Who knows, maybe there is a chance that your beat-up old dresser was built with what today is considered a rare wood and is really a valued piece of great furniture after its refurbishing!
Knowing the basic characteristics in all woods, such as hardness, grains, and color helps a lot too in identifying the wood your furniture is made of and your furniture's value as well.
Identifying Wood in Furniture Construction
The simplest way to describe a wood is to label it as a hardwood or softwood. But even by identifying your furniture's wood that way can be deceptive to the untrained eye because not all hardwoods are hard, and not all softwoods are soft!
Although most hardwoods are harder than most softwoods there are exceptions to that too. Hardwoods are more valuable than softwoods because hardwood in general is more scarce then most softwoods. But even that doesn't tell the whole story because there are woods like gum, for instance, that is a hardwood and competes in price with softwoods. The practical way to identify wood is by its grain and color. This is because the cell structure of a tree is different for each species and determines its grain. Hardwoods will have tubular cells called vessels that are visible as pores in the wood. For example, if the cells are large then the texture of the wood will be slightly rough or open. If this is the case then filler may be needed to smooth the surface of that wood. If the cells are small then the texture will be smooth. Woods that are described as close-grained don't require filling and are already pretty smooth. All trees have annual growth rings that are made up of the cells formed during each year's growing season. Some grains have clearly defined rings while others are more slight and harder to see. There are all kinds of different looking rings too. The colors of the wood can range from white and yellow to red, purple, and black. In general every species has its own particular grain and color which helps to identify the wood and its characteristics. Furniture woods are chosen and valued for the character of their grain and color. Woods with very distinctive patterns are usually more valuable than woods with subdued or non-distinct patterns.
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Weaker-grained woods are often stained to give them character. Experts recognize various woods by smell, touch, color, and grain. When you take the time to assess the wood that your furniture is made of you should think about things like the woods age, its style, its color, and its grain. Another thing to check is the wood's veneer or inlays. Veneer is a thin layer of wood glued to a base of less expensive wood or plywood. In modern furniture, veneers are used primarily where solid wood is unavailable or too expensive. Veneers are fragile, and they can be damaged by refinishing techniques so take a good look at your furniture before you start to work on it. Another consideration is that many types of modern furniture are made with two or more kinds of wood. This is to keep the cost down on the furniture. In general, rare woods are used where appearance is important like on table-tops and chair legs. This multiple-wood construction isn't always easy to see until the old finish is removed.
For example, a table you think is walnut may turn out to have gum legs, stained to match. Once you are familiar with the color, grain, and construction style of your furniture, you can use that information to determine the specific kind of wood or woods used in your furniture. Here are some woods that are easy identify and commonly available. Ash is a tough hardwood known primarily for its excellent bending abilities. Ash varies in color from creamy white or gray with a light brown cast to a dark reddish brown. Basswood is a common hardwood that is often used in combination with rare woods such as walnut and mahogany.
Its color varies from creamy white to creamy brown or red with broad rays and sometimes slightly darker streaks. Basswood is close-grained, with very small pores. Beech is another hardwood that bends easily, but it isn't as attractive as ash. Beech is often used with more expensive woods on things like chairs, table legs, drawer bottoms, sides and backs of cabinets. Beech takes a stain well and is often stained to look like mahogany, maple, or cherry. Beech is both hard and heavy and is difficult to work with hand tools. Birch is a common hardwood that is used in all aspects of furniture construction. The wood is light yellowish brown and very similar in color and in grain to maple. The grain is quite pleasing and is pretty expensive. Butternut is hardwood, often called white walnut. Butternut stains well and is often stained to look like dark walnut. The wood is light and is easy to work with. Cedar is softwood that is used primarily in chests and closets.
It has a distinctive scent and is effective in repelling insects. The wood is a light red, with light streaks and knots and the grain is beautiful. Cherry is used in fine furniture and cabinets. Its color varies from light brown to dark reddish brown and it has a very attractive and distinctive grain. Cherry is difficult to work with hand tools and is expensive. Elm is hardwood that has excellent bending qualities. Elm is light brown to dark brown and often has red streaks. Elm has become a rare wood that can be hard to find and expensive. Gum is a hardwood that is often used in veneers or in combination with rare woods. Gum's color is brown with red or darker streaks. Hickory is hardwood and is noted for its strength, hardness, and toughness. Lauan is a mahogany look-alike and is used in less expensive grades of furniture. The wood varies in color from tan to brown to dark red and is pretty expensive. Mahogany is a traditional favorite for fine furniture and one of the most treasured furniture woods in the world!
Its grain is very distinctive and attractive. Maple is a strong, dense, attractive hardwood, used in furniture and for butcher blocks. Its color is light brown and the grain is usually straight. Maple is difficult to work with hand tools and is usually expensive. Oak is valued for its strength and its attractive grain.
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White oak is a rich grayish brown color and red oak has a pronounced reddish cast. Both types of oak are distinctively grained with prominent rays or streaks. It is moderately expensive and red oak is usually less expensive than white. Pecan is quite strong and used a lot in dining and office furniture. The wood varies from pale brown to reddish brown. The wood is difficult to work with hand tools and the price is moderate. The wood varies from cream to yellow-brown, has clearly marked growth rings and is closed grained. Redwood is distinctive softwood is used primarily for outdoor furniture. The wood is a deep reddish brown and has well-marked growth rings. It is moderately hard, and is easy to work with hand tools. Rosewood is like mahogany and is one of the finest and most valued furniture woods. Rosewood varies in color from dark brown to dark purple. It has strongly marked black streaks in it. Rosewood is difficult to work with hand tools and is very expensive. Sycamore is used extensively in inexpensive furniture. It is very resistant to splitting and is also a favorite wood for butcher blocks. The wood varies from pinkish to reddish brown in color and has prominent closely spaced rays. It is moderately easy to work with hand tools and is moderately priced. Teak is one of the choice furniture hardwoods. Teak varies from rich golden-yellow to dark brown with dark and light streaks. Walnut has traditionally been used for fine furniture and is still in demand today. Walnut is chocolate brown and sometimes has dark or purplish streaks. Its grain is very striking and attractive. Most often it is very difficult to determine what kind of wood the furniture is made of if it is not clearly labeled with the furniture. A little background on different types of wood and how they are used in furniture construction can go a long way in helping you find that perfect and long lasting wood furniture for your home!
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It features galvanized steel drawers - all with their original handles/ label holders - and a tin backing. It varies in colour from dark brown to red and occasionally has a spotted effect. As the girth of the tree is broad furniture makers were able to use a single cut of wood for a table top. The wood is hard and pale in colour, but darkens to a rich brown with age and polishing. The name comes from the scent released when the wood is cut. It has a particularly attractive grain and polishes well. It was used for veneers, inlaid decoration and the pale colour made it suitable for painting. Would make a great addition to your mid century decor!
It's made super well and is pretty heavy. It has a great original country primitive look!
This cupboard looks just as nice sitting on a table as it does hung on a wall. Dark tone wood color and blue fabric padded seats. Primitive wrought iron or steel, square nail construction, brass or copper studs hardware. See pics, some cracks, lock not complete, no key. Makers name and location on metal on one end. Excellent for entryway or hallway, entrance hall rustic farmhouse country style.