From structural repairs to restoring older finishes or entirely refinishing furniture: a hands-on step-by-step approach to furniture repair and restoration, presented by an expert in the field. More than 430 full color photographs and 60 full-color drawings.

Author: Brian Hingley
240 pp., 8.5" x 10.87"
Book# 277335
ISBN 1-58011-006-1
UPC 0-78585-11006-3

$19.95 (US) $31.95 (Canada)

--Reviewer’s Bookwatch, July 1998

Brain Hingley’s Furniture Repair & Refinishing is an authoritative do-it-yourself guide to the craft of furniture restoration. Whether it’s restoring a treasured family heirloom or renovating bargain furniture at minimal cost, Furniture Repair & Refinishing shows how to give a new lease on life to much-loved old and contemporary pieces of furniture around the home. In addition, Furniture Repair & Refinishing demonstrates that furniture restoration is a practical pastime that is also rewarding and fun. Intended for those who have little or no experience in furniture restoration Furniture Repair & Refinishing is written by a seasoned furniture repair expert in a friendly, informal style that readers will find clear, informative, and accessible. Furniture Repair & Refinishing introduces the tools and materials of the craft in the first four chapters, then takes the reader through increasingly difficult (though common) repairs as they build their knowledge base. The featured projects bring the reader step by step through the process of structurally repairing furniture, cosmetically touching up furniture, renewing old sound finishes, and refinishing furniture that has a finish that’s too far gone to be saved. Over 500 color photographs and drawings illustrate the easy-to-follow procedures. Throughout are the "Pros Know" boxes and sidebars offering quick pointers and bits of insider advice on the craft of furniture restoration.

--Salisbury Post, October 18, 1998

A useful guide to refinishing
Furniture Repair & Refinishing by Brian Hingley

As how-to books go, this one is way above average. Even if you know something about repairing and refinishing furniture, you probably will find new information here. The advice will be useful whether you are restoring fine antiques or fixing a flea market find.
The author has been a professional furniture refinisher for more than 20 years. His clients include interior design firms, business and corporate customers, moving companies and historical sites. Clearly, when it comes to repairing and refinishing, he knows what he’s talking about. And he is more articulate about it than many technical experts.
His book begins with the down-to-earth suggestion that before you start on a piece of furniture you learn how to evaluate it to be sure you definitely want to proceed. This process involves asking yourself a series of questions, starting with, "Do you like the piece?" and continuing through "Do you have a place or use for the piece?" and "Is it worth restoring?"
The next step is evaluating the piece. Pictures and text lead you through the points to consider: finish quality, structural repairs, chest drawers, mirrors, splits in wood, warped wood, bad earlier repairs, missing parts, loose veneer, hardware.
Then, assuming that sooner or later you’ll come up with a piece you want to work on, the discussion turns to woods. These pages alone may be worth the price of the book if you are trying to learn to recognize and understand different kinds of woods and their best uses; the photographs show you the grains and colors.
Next come the almost obligatory chapters in a how-to book, tools and supplies and materials. A total of 56 heavily illustrated pages deal with repairing loose and broken joints.
A chapter on other repairs covers everything from patching veneer to fixing rocking chair runners, removing a warp and installing casters.
When you finally get to the finish (where most of us imagine starting until we learn better) you may preserve an original finish or apply a new finish. Here’s a sample of the kind of information offered: "Most furniture finishes are either shellac, lacquer, or vanish. Occasionally you’ll find oil, wax, or painted finishes. Early furniture—dating from before the eighteenth century-was usually finished with linseed oil and beeswax."
In this section you learn how to identify the type of finish and how to clean it. Chapter 9 deals with repairing minor surface damage—water rings, stains, burns, gouges, nicks, dents, scratches. This is useful information even if you never fully refinish a piece of furniture in your life.
But if you do decide to go all the way, the final few chapters detail all the steps in preparing wood and applying finishes of various kinds.

--Salisbury Post, October 18, 1998

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