Fundamental Construction Techniques for Furniture & Wooden Objects Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute This guideline will describe some of the ways that wood is processed into familiar forms, such as joined furniture. This description will lead to a better understanding of the various technologies: from the ancient to the modern. You will see that there […]
Collection Materials Archives: Wood & Furniture
Moving, Packing, and Shipping Furniture Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Common sense suggestions to safeguard your furniture, regardless of its value.
Conserve-O-Gram 7/1 Cleaning Wood Furniture Source: National Park Service (NPS) The cleaning of wood furniture is sometimes required when, after dusting or buffing, the finish looks dull or heavily soiled, or if there is a build up of wax.
Conserve-O-Gram 7/2 Waxing Furniture and Wood Objects Source: National Park Service (NPS) The application of a paste wax to clear finishes provides a protective barrier over the old or original finish of museum furniture and wooden objects.
Conserve-O-Gram 7/3 Protecting Wood with Preservatives and Water Repellants Source: National Park Service (NPS) Unsheltered objects, in areas with little risk of high relative humidity, insect, or fungal attack, should be treated with a non-toxic water repellant.
Conserve-O-Gram 7/4 Upholstered Furniture: Agents of Deterioration Source: National Park Service (NPS) Because upholstered furniture is typically an assemblage of a variety of materials, it is susceptible to damage from a greater number of agents of deterioration than simpler types of artifacts made from a single material.
Conserve-O-Gram 7/5 Dusting Wooden Objects Source: National Park Service (NPS) The process of removing dust from artifacts has the potential to damage sensitive surfaces no matter which techniques or materials are used.
Biological Deterioration & Damage to Furniture & Wooden Objects Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Wood is naturally very durable–in moderate, sheltered environments it can last for thousands of years without substantial change. Biological deterioration is found principally in the form of insects and fungi. While this activity can result in the complete destruction of an […]
Saving Your Treasures: Wood Source: Nebraska NET Saving Your Treasure series
Saving Your Treasures: Furniture Source: Nebraska NET Saving Your Treasure series