Contact and discussion of scope of work
Each item is individually assessed and thoroughly discussed with the client in order to manage expectations.
All factors are taken into consideration including age, type of wood, finish and damage on the furniture. The type of damage on the furniture, e.g. scratches, nicks, dents, water, transit, fire, also makes for discussion of further steps on repair and restoration.
We collect and deliver in Gauteng on a weekly basis
Good quality sanding paper
Different grades of steel wool
Sanding by machine and hand depends on the application
Loose joints are dismantled, re-glued and clamped.
Broken or damaged components will be replaced with the same or an alternate wood with similar colour and texture as the original.
All attempts are made to utilise the original hardware for conservation purposes, e.g. repairing locks and making keys that fit the period in which it was originally manufactured, repairing broken and/or damaged handles.
The replacement of unrepairable handles, hinges, door and drawer locks and mirrors are done in-house.
Correct identification of timber to be used in items
During the construction phase, it is often necessary to manufacture a component (leg, panel, door) to complete this phase and have a functioning piece of furniture. Aged timber is preferred for repairs and we have a wide variety of different species available.
Polishing and paint shop
The first suggestion during the needs assessment meeting is that one should begin with the end in mind to form a clear picture of the end product and work towards it.
We use shellac in French Polishing.
Sanding sealer with a hard wearing finish in your preferred sheen of Matt, Satin or Gloss.
The traditional methods of waxing furniture is still preferred by some clients but are warned that it might not be as tough as modern two-component products protecting against wear and tear.
Single and two pack oil products are also gaining in familiarity and are a favourite finish of architects.
Upholstery is the process of providing furniture, especially seats, with padding, springs, webbing, and fabric or leather covering.
The choice of fabric or leather could be as personal as choosing clothes and we recommend visiting various showrooms in order to choose the best option for you. Usually the first fabric you prefer is the correct choice and even if it costs a little more than you expected, take it – you will not be sorry.
The CMT (cut make trim) is done in our workshop and we make use of good quality foam, hardware and stitching.
The more original you want the furniture to appear, the more you have to check that it matches with the period and era.
When doing upholstery work for sight impaired clients, we also take into consideration the feel of the fabric, and not only the look.
The trend of upholstering with leather and Nguni skins started a few years ago and is still favoured.