Every year seems to bring hundreds more books on making new furniture and even a few that tell how to create an "instant antique." But if there is another recent book on restoring true antiques, it is recondite indeed. Although Holcombe is concerned with restoring antique English furniture, his techniques can be applied to American mission, Shaker, and just about any other form of furniture. His tips on taking a piece of furniture apart, fixing joints, repairing the dings and scratches of the years, and then fitting everything together just as it was many years ago are invaluable. Although only 128 pages long, Holcombe's effort even includes chapters on glass replacement, finishing, and dealing with that dread condition--warped wood. Consider this a necessary addition to virtually any woodworking collection. Jon Kartman
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From the Publisher
How to Restore Antique Furniture
is a hands–on guide to the care and repair of a range of furniture types. Beginning with a history of furniture construction, which introduces the techniques to be found in pieces from various periods, the book discusses the qualities and applications of most common wood types, offering advice on tools and accessories. Among the topics covered are: dismantling furniture; removing old nails, screws, and glue; repairing dowel, knuckle, mortise, and tenon joints; mending damaged turnings; tackling veneers and marquetry; and restoring glass, keys, and locks. Colin Holcombe is a professional furniture restorer and the author of An Introduction to Woodwork
and Marquetry Techniques.