Classic Chair Restoration ----- A Classic Chair Restoration

Here is a lovely delicate little caned antique chair that we have just restored . It has all the classic signs of wear that chairs are susceptible to

      

Here is a lovely delicate little caned antique chair that we have just restored . It has all the classic signs of wear   that chairs are susceptible to.  The back has completely come adrift and every joint is on the move .         

 

The only way to restore the chair properly is to take every joint apart  and clean off as much of the old glue as possible and glue back up. Here in the pic you  can see how it has all been dismantled and labelled which is crucial for correct re-assembly as it is so easy to get the parts muddled if not correctly marked . The glues we use now are superb and ensure a much durable  chair than original as they are incredibly strong and also expand slightly as the harden . The glue bizarrely loves moisture and expands even more  so for especially sloppy joints then introducing a little water to the joint prior to assembly will work like magic . The glues are basically polyurethane expanding glues and the one I use is by Soudal and called Purocol Express.
 

Here is the chair re-assembled using a combination of clamps and also an heavy weight on the seat to make sure the chair dries flat with no wobble.

One of the effects of using the Soudal glue is that it  expands out of the joint and  leaves a hard foam like protrusion which needs to be chiselled or knifed off. When this has been done little bits of white can still be seen sometimes so here we are introducing some Liberon dark coloured wax to the jointed areas with a tooth brush which will remove this to the eye

 

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