Checking The Finish

The day after you clean the piece, look at the finish and decide what must be done. If it is possible, you want to save the original finish, so look it over with this in mind. If the majority of the finished surface appears to be in good shape, but there are some damaged areas, consider just making finish repairs instead of stripping and refinishing. (We cover both how to strip and how to make finish repairs in the next chapter.)

If you have a jewel of a piece that requires no repair at all, simply apply a good furniture wax (paste type is preferable) with a cheesecloth pad, allow it to dry, and then buff it with the buffing pad in your electric drill. Or you can apply a lemon oil polish.

With the finish clean, you can begin repairs. The first step is to disassemble the piece if it needs reglumg or extensive repairs.

Corner biocks (left) reinforce joints. To remove glue blocks (above), tap a chisel at one edge

HOW TO TAKE Furniture is joined APART WOOD by a variety of tech-JOINTS niques. To disas semble. follow the steps carefully or you will damage the piece.

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