Marquita Sanford. Furniture. February 12th , 2018.
Is Rattan Furniture Eco-Friendly?: As has hopefully become apparent in the previous few paragraphs, the answer to the question ‘is rattan furniture eco-friendly?’ can only be a definite ‘yes.’ Environmental soundness is only one more trait to add to the ever-expanding list of reasons which make rattan garden furniture such a favourite among western home-owners.
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.
Whether or not you will be moving: You might have just moved into a small rental house where you are starting your life from. When the money starts rolling in, do not just run to purchase big sofa sets. Buy just what you need at that moment. Save the money for the eventual move that you will make into the bigger space. This will allow you to lead a comfortable life both in the smaller home and the bigger one that you will eventually move into. You do not want to run to buy furniture now then after you move you find yourself dealing with issues such as the furniture does not blend with your new home or even does not fit in the new home.
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.
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