The Furniture Restoration Tool List: Scraping and Abrading

After the reductive work of the Rasp and File or machinery like the Planer, surface preparation for finishing begins with the Scraper, a relatively thin plate of tempered steel, very like that of a handsaw blade. Scrapers are made in varying thicknesses and a number of shapes. Scraping is followed by sanding starting with coarse and moving to finer grits.

You may find this tool chest a very practical design for your needs. I made my tool chest of solid mahogany. Its a great design to experiment with, you can purchase a couple of nice clear pine 1 x 12's and make a test version to suit your particular measurements before you commit to that curly maple or quilted cherry.

The Furniture Restoration Tool List: Shaping Parts

Adding sculptural elements to our woodworking projects may make them more interesting or help us reference a particular style. In Restoration, our choice is removed; when a piece comes into the shop missing parts, we need to recreate and finish them to match what's missing.

The Cupola

An unusual commission from a local institution: build a scale replica of a prominent campus architectural feature that acts as a signature "brand" indentity for the University.

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