Collection Materials Archives: Wood & Furniture

Fundamental Construction Techniques for Furniture & Wooden Objects

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 […]

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Conserve-O-Gram 7/1 Cleaning Wood Furniture

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.

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Conserve-O-Gram 7/4 Upholstered Furniture: Agents of Deterioration

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.

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Biological Deterioration & Damage to Furniture & Wooden Objects

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 […]

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