Rae Lewis. Furniture. February 12th , 2017.
Many industrial furniture designs today have been greatly influenced by the industrial workplaces of yesterday. Items once produced for factories, hospitals, schools, and commercial units are now being reproduced for our living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and even our bedrooms. They also work great in office's and can add a lot of style to commercial settings. Many bars, restaurants, and even rental venues are using an industrial style to draw customers into a bygone era.
Wood veneers can be difficult to match. It is possible to buy new veneer strips, but they are generally thinner than the old hand-sawn veneers and do not always match in colour. It often pays to go to an auction to look for a broken oddment of furniture that has suitable veneers. To remove a veneer from its backing, first clean off any old polish with white spirit and carefully clean the varnish or wax. Place a damp cloth over the cleaned strip and press with a fairly hot iron. Keep the cloth damp. This melts the Scotch glue holding down the veneer, which can then be peeled off. The same technique is used to raise small areas on the antique piece, but use a soldering iron instead of an iron. Wipe all traces of glue while it is still warm. Dampen the veneer and flatten it between two pieces of wood for about 24 hours before use. Do not let it dry completely, for veneers must be re-laid while still damp and pliable. The replacement veneer should be slightly thicker than the existing one, to allow for sanding. Stick the new strip down with Scotch glue and apply a weight or clamp until the glue has completely set. Wax and polish to match the existing finish.
Finding suitable replacement materials for inlay and boulle antiques is an even greater problem. They tend to use more complex and varied materials. Antique and second-hand shops often have boxes containing suitable oddments and it is worth searching through them to find matching pieces. As a last resort, missing pieces of inlay can be built up with synthetic resins or wax, coloured to match. If boulle has lifted seriously or is bent, leave the repair to an expert restorer; but if the lifting is only slight, carefully remove the section and scrape clean all the dirt. Stick with an epoxy resin adhesive and weight it down until the glue has dried.
However, as the popularity of rattan garden furniture grows, so too do questions surrounding it. Home-owners naturally find themselves curious about several aspects regarding this material, such as its build quality, the manufacturing process, or even whether this material is ‘green.’
Among the many different materials for outdoor furniture which can be farmed from a natural source are straw, bamboo, cane, and of course rattan, as well as certain types of reeds. These are all materials which have been used extensively throughout the centuries to make not only furniture, but also wicker baskets and other accessories, a trend which also continues to this day.
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