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Do you have a well-loved chair that's too wobbly to use safely or another piece of furniture that has a broken part or a missing piece of veneer? Or do you want to touch up or even completely renew the finish on a fine piece? In this online but still hands-on class, you will learn how to assess a piece of furniture and how to get it back into shape.
At the first session, the instructor will demonstrate how to take apart a chair and explain how the process applies to other kinds of furniture. Disassembly is frequently the first step in repairing a piece. The second session will focus on making repairs and putting the pieces back together, with various strategies for clamping the pieces, depending on the tools you have available. At the third session, the clamps will come off and the instructor will discuss how to clean up any excess glue and what the options are for touching up or refinishing.
You will need to supply all tools and materials needed for your project. The instructor will give advice about this, as needed.
This class will be conducted via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
Instructor Bio: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. After earning a fine arts degree from Western Washington University, she worked in New Mexico as an apprentice ceramicist and then as an apprentice violin maker, developing her skills in fine woodworking and traditional finishes. She began designing and building custom furniture in the mid-1980s. Her interest in European, Early American and Asian antiques led her to focus on their restoration and repair. She is a member of the steering committee for the BARN Woodworking Studio.