You are probably thinking "Why would
Timberjack publish details on the way they repair and
restore furniture, I might as well follow them, do it myself
and save myself some money!"
Well, good point.... but, here are two good reasons to start with:
1. Any piece of furniture that you own that you are prepared to put time and/or money into must be of considerable sentimental and/or financial value. To trust it to somebody to repair/restore takes confidence, especially when there are so many horror stories of jobs done by 'professionals', and when you receive the piece back, if you are not happy with the work, the damage is sometimes not recoverable. If it is possible to see beforehand, the way the work will be done, this in itself inspires confidence.
2. If you have a basic understanding of what facilities are involved in the work, not just an equipped workshop and specialist hand tools, but also the required raw materials and fixings, it soon becomes apparent that it may not be such a 'money saver' to undertake the work yourself. This, coupled with the fact that many materials are required to be purchased in minimum quantities, and that even the most careful amateur is vulnerable to costly, if not irreversible mistakes, it may be more economical to trust your 'pride & joy' to the hands of a professional that you can count on.
Sometimes, what initially appears to be a an improvement, can turn out to have a negative effect on the value to a piece of furniture, especially to one that is considered an antique, for this reason I have included advice on how to avoid detrimental procedures with may help avoid potential nasty shocks.
Dealing with antiques is not like dealing with new furniture, where to even an untrained eye, 'what you see is pretty much what you get’