Lessons Learned from Years with Tools

Guide on how to restore old furniture

Furniture used for a long period is better than modern furniture produced in mass. This furniture is made to be more durable since replacement of furniture cannot occur over and over. It is definitive because it was intended to stay for a long time. However, having been used for a long time can change color,look and steadiness of the furniture.

The following are considerations you need to pay to renovate Old furniture. Determine whether it’s necessary to repair them or to do away with them. One can consider refinishing a table where the finish has seen the stain darken over time. You should avoid restoring old furniture that is currently infested with pests such as termites and ants. If the wood has clear signs of serious water damage such as rot and stains do not bother. The amount of work increases with the size of the piece and gift chest with many angles, and holes can be a pain to clean out much less rebuild. Note that wall-sized shelving units are in less demand in the marketplace because they are difficult to move whereas small desks have high value and strong small tables.

If you are dealing with a rusting metal piece, consider the amount of work it will take to remove the surface rust from an ornate steel table as compared to a rusted weather vane with all flat surfaces. If it will take many hours to remove the rust it is not worth your effort. Have an idea how the piece will look like before you commence your work. You should invest time on refinishing what you know you will put into use after the work.
Have a financial plan to avoid spending on pieces that are not equivalent to the value of your money. Your budget should include the cost of any woodworking tools that you may not have and cannot borrow or rent. In case the cost of refinishing your old furniture is higher than buying a new one you may consider leaving the furniture and buying a new one.

Understand the scope of your work. it is important to know the time span that you will spend to repair the furniture. For example,rust take days to eradicate. Understand when the project will either take significant time to do and when it cannot be done at all.

Plan on replacing the hardware. You should consider eliminating the hinges, pulls, handles and ornate knobs. After you finish the wood you can reassemble it with the restored hardware or a new hardware that matches original piece’s look. If you do not know how to handle complex joints like dovetail joints, leave the restoration work to those who can do it perfectly.