Category Archives: Techniques

L for Leather

Leather has been employed for writing surfaces on furniture since the seventeenth-century to provide a tactile surface on which to write. It’s not only kinder on both paper and nib pens than a hard polished wood surface, but is also … Continue reading

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Is to give brightness to any subſtance. The method of polishing amongst cabinet-makers is various, as required in different pieces of work. Sometimes they polish with bees wax and a cork for inside work, where it would be improper to … Continue reading

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Seventeenth-Century Instruction on Varnishing

I say seventeenth-century; the following excerpt from William Salmon’s Polygraphice was published in 1701, but was plagiarised from Stalker & Parker’s earlier work, A Treatise on Japanning and Varnishing, published in 1668 (varnishing, varnish-making and finishing in general have long … Continue reading

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Making Mouldings from Scratch

Making mouldings doesn’t really require a write-up does it? You simply drag out a two horse power, electron-burning, two-handled aluminium and plastic behemoth, install the appropriate sized/shaped router bit, don a pair of safety glasses and ear muffs and begin … Continue reading

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Bands of Feathers

The decoration of furniture in the late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-centuries falls into five categories; staining, painting, gilding, japanning and inlaying. Of the inlay techniques – parquetry, marquetry (floral and seaweed), stringing and banding – banding is surly the most … Continue reading

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