By Ronda Bradford. Furniture. Published at Thursday, August 31st, 2017 - 10:35:34 AM.
The same hot iron and gluing method is used in repairing marquetry. Lay a piece of paper over the missing section and rub with a soft pencil to get an outline of the area. Cut the paper to the pattern and stick it to the replacement piece of wood. Cut the wood slightly larger than the pattern and rub down with glass-paper until the exact fit can be obtained. Stick it into place with cold wood glue. On many antique furniture pieces the marquetry tends to lift through age and using the warm iron technique will heat the glue and the raised piece can be gently pressed down back into position. If dust has been trapped under the lifted section, it should be removed, cleaned and re-stuck into position.
A simple way to improve antique pieces of furniture, such as a chest of drawers, is to fit new handles. The Victorians had a habit of replacing metal handles with round wooden knobs, often leaving the marks of the former back-plates showing. Sets of old handles can be picked up cheaply from antique and second-hand shops but make sure that the back-plates are large enough to cover any existing indentations.
Each of these materials possesses its own set of strengths and weaknesses, so home-owners are advised to check which one would best suit their needs before purchase, if at all possible. However, despite their differences, all of these materials also share a few common traits, such as weather resistance, sturdiness and low maintenance requirements, which make them firm favourites among British home-owners. This is a large part of the reason why rattan garden furniture continues to be the best-selling type of outdoor furniture across the western world, even despite the existence of the numerous other options listed in this article.
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