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Regency Dining Chair
The photo shows a Regency dining chair after restoration. The chair arrived in a poor state with the top rail completely detached with loose joints to both and rear seat rails and the carved center rail.
The first task was to dismantle the chair and expose the joints. The next involved the careful cleaning of all the joints to remove the old crystallized bone glue. I then set about checking the dry fit of the joints to see if any adjustments were required. Later the chair was reassembled using traditional Pearl glue and the chair alignment was checked.
The damage to both sets of dovetail joints at the top of the two back legs was repaired by cutting away the debris and splicing in new wood to build up the section to their original profile. The next task was to repair the dovetail housing joint by again removing damaged wood and slicing on new. After all joints were re-cut, the top rail was refitted.
The final part of the restoration was to ensure all traces of excess glue was removed from around any of the joints and the whole of the chair was cleaned and then re-waxed to preserve it's patina.
Photos below track part of the process of restoration
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