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The Furniture Doctor

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The best-selling guide to keeping furniture in the finest and most beautiful condition, with complete information on proper repair and refinishing techniques from the legendary expert on antiques and their restoration.

B & W photographs throughout
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Broadway Books (first published April 1st 1962)
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Alana White
Apr 19, 2015 Alana White rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Furniture Pickers
Shelves: nonfiction
If you enjoy buying old furniture and refinishing it, or just help with identifying the period it was made, this is a wonderful book for you. I first stumbled over my 1962 copy (the original edition) in a used bookstore. My copy is now dog-eared (one corner completely chewed off), and I wouldn't replace it for anything, though I am happy to see the book is still available to new customers. It not only covers how to identify finishes (so you'll get off on the correct foot and will know what grade ...more
Apryl Anderson
Jul 27, 2011 Apryl Anderson rated it really liked it
My one and only master! I'm glad to see that this book is still in print.
Nov 14, 2012 Foxtower rated it liked it
Shelves: how-to
A good overview on how to make that old beat up chair work as good as new yet still show it's wonderful patina from age. Grotz includes many tips and tricks such as using vinegar to loosen old glue, but in his section "tools of the trade", his crude drawings (My edition has no photo's) don't really do justice to what he's written. The information is there and invaluable, but may require the reader aquire some knowledge and experience beforehand to really appreciate and understand his narratives.
James Eckman
A fun read, the uncle George stories are funny and the finishing advice still works. Flexner is a better and much more modern author on this subject though.

Also covers faking and fakes.
While some of the information is not only out-of-date but completely unethical, there are useful sections on furniture styles, dating methods, and identification of wood species.
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