Sara Holder. Furniture. August 16th , 2017.
Wood veneers can be difficult to match. It is possible to buy new veneer strips, but they are generally thinner than the old hand-sawn veneers and do not always match in colour. It often pays to go to an auction to look for a broken oddment of furniture that has suitable veneers. To remove a veneer from its backing, first clean off any old polish with white spirit and carefully clean the varnish or wax. Place a damp cloth over the cleaned strip and press with a fairly hot iron. Keep the cloth damp. This melts the Scotch glue holding down the veneer, which can then be peeled off. The same technique is used to raise small areas on the antique piece, but use a soldering iron instead of an iron. Wipe all traces of glue while it is still warm. Dampen the veneer and flatten it between two pieces of wood for about 24 hours before use. Do not let it dry completely, for veneers must be re-laid while still damp and pliable. The replacement veneer should be slightly thicker than the existing one, to allow for sanding. Stick the new strip down with Scotch glue and apply a weight or clamp until the glue has completely set. Wax and polish to match the existing finish.
Natural Materials: Natural fibres have traditionally been some of the most popular and widespread among the different materials for outdoor furniture, and that is a trend which continues to this day. As popular as synthetic fibres have become in recent years, there is still a certain charm to natural materials which causes many home-owners to choose them over their man-made counterparts – even despite the significantly higher degree of care and maintenance they require.
The good news is, as far as naturally sourced materials are concerned, rattan is one of the safest from an environmental standpoint. While the palm tree the material is derived from is geographically limited in location, rattan itself is easily renewable, and the impact its sourcing has in the environment can be considered negligible.
Among the many different materials for outdoor furniture which can be farmed from a natural source are straw, bamboo, cane, and of course rattan, as well as certain types of reeds. These are all materials which have been used extensively throughout the centuries to make not only furniture, but also wicker baskets and other accessories, a trend which also continues to this day.
If your a do-it-your-selfer you can find websites that help you create a special piece for your home. In this way you save some money and you get a sense of accomplishment for having created the item yourself. Keep in mind that you may want to start with something small such as a lamp or other accessory. I have seen bigger projects that look very interesting and a bit challenging so make sure you don't get in over your head and waste money on materials you won't use.
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