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This title offers professional techniques to bring your furniture back to life. It features clear step-by-step instructions for everyday restoration tasks, such as polishing, staining, waxing, graining, gilding, veneering, and marquetry and parquetry repairs. It contains expert advice on essential tools, equipment and materials, from saws, hammers, screwdrivers, clamps and chisels to veneers, polishes, gilts, leather and locks. Projects include removing a blister, raising a dent, disguising a scratch, cleaning marble, reviving leather, laying veneer sheets, and restoring a damaged edge. This book is an essential guide to basic and advanced restoration techniques for antique surfaces. A section on tools and equipment includes directories of all the materials you need for successful home furniture repair. Projects include removing a watermark, releathering a top, reviving a polished surface, cleaning metal, French polishing, waxing a carved surface, replacing bandings, and repairing rosewood pole screens. With its detailed overview and professional guidance illustrated by more than 400 photographs, this book will enable any budding restorer to develop a true understanding of a range of furniture surfaces and how to repair them.