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Furniture Repair Glossary
There are words and phrases related to the Furniture Repair industry that are commonly misunderstood. These are only brief definitions to help clarify terms.
To remove the existing finish and replace it with new.
To enhance existing finish to improve appearance.
To apply an additional layer of top coat to existing finish.
Disassemble loose item, clean old glue, glue back together.
To correct damage, structural or cosmetic to normal function.
Natural discoloration of wood, eposure to sun and time.
Color that changes the natural appearance of the wood.
Normally, the clear top coat that goes over the stain.
A Synthetic fast drying clear finish protects the stained wood.
A natural resin used to protect the stained wood (sealer).
A solvent based clear finish, protects the stained wood.
NOTE: There are many finishes that are made from different products-natural or man-made. The above: Lacquer, Shellac and Varnish are the most commonly used, they all protect in their different composition and strength.
Visible pattern and direction of wood fibers.
Liquid used to shine/protect the finish.
Semi-solid paste used to shine/protect the finish.
Add color/finish to damaged or worn areas.
A thin slice of decorative wood glued to an inferior wood.
Wicker is a very general classification of woven furniture (a method or style- not a material).
The outer bark of the Rattan Palm, used in weaving .
Cane that is installed in a seat or back that has holes to accept the individual cane strands that will result in a desired pattern.
Cane that is pre-woven pattern that is held in with a spline, pressed into a groove.