Wood and furniture renovation resources

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Name Size and format Comment
Wood renovation and restoration
Painted Wood - History and Conservation - part 1 3.7 MB / PDF Part 1. The Getty Conservation Institute.
Painted Wood - History and Conservation - part 2 3.4 MB / PDF Part 2 - Historical Perspectives. The Getty Conservation Institute.
Methods of Conserving Archaelogical Material from Underwater Sites 2.9 MB / PDF Contains section about waterlogged wood conservation. (C) Donny L. Hamilton
Resource Book for Furniture Renovation, Refinishing and Reupholstering 2.5 MB / PDF Low quality digitalization of 1982 guide
Wood finishing
Oils and varnishes (1886) 32 MB / PDF  by James Cameron
Violin varnish and how to make it (1911) 3.6 MB / PDF By Georges Foucher
The varnishes of Italian violin-makers (1904) 5.8 MB / PDF The varnishes of the Italian violin-makers of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and their influence on tone. By George Fry
The manufacture of varnishes (1899) 22 MB / PDF The manufacture of varnishes : oil crushing, refining and boiling and kindred industries : describing the manufacture and chemical and physical properties of spirit varnishes and oil varnishes, raw materials, resins, solvents and colouring principles, drying oils, their extraction, properties and applications, oil refining and boiling, the manufacture, employment and testing of various varnishes. By John Geddes, Achille Livache.
The practival polish & varnish maker (1892) 21 MB / PDF The practical polish & varnish maker : a treatise containing 750 practical receipts and formulae for the manufacture of polishes, lacquers, varnishes, and japans, of all kinds, for workers in wood and metal and directions for using. By H.C Standage.
Wood identification
Guide to the Identification of Tropical Woods Controlled under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora 9.4 MB / PDF  
The Identification of Furniture Woods  13 MB / PDF The Identification of Furniture Woods - U.S Department of Agriculture - 1925. By Arthur Coehler.
Historic woodworking books
The Cabinet Maker's Guide - 1837 8.9 MB / PDF The cabinet maker's guide, or, Rules and instructions in the art of varnishing, dying, staining, japanning, polishing, lackering, and beautifying wood, ivory, tortoiseshell, & metal : with observations on their management and application : including an appendix, containing several valuable tables
by Siddons, George A - 1837
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