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Richard Tozer Restoration

At Richard Tozer Antique Restoration we have a large range of services for furniture and furnishings. Restoration using Traditional Methods by a Master Craftsman.
Including cabinetwork, gilding, carving, Limed Oak finishes, Lacquer finishes, French polishing, wood turning, lock repairs and key cutting.

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At Richard Tozer Antique Restoration we offer a large range of services for furniture and furnishings.
Including cabinetwork, gilding, carving, Limed Oak finishes, Lacquer finishes, French polishing, wood turning, lock repairs and key cutting.
Restoration Step by Step
With 40 years experience restoring a wide range of furniture, in the heart of the Kent countryside, from the most general, to the finest quality antiques.
From waxing to French polishing, cabinet work, repairing broken joints, and restoring damaged veneer or scratched, dented, burnt or water damaged pieces.
In the event of a flood, fire, or disastrous house move or burglary damage, we can deal directly with insurance companies, and for larger pieces, like pianos, staircases, or internal doors, we can work on site.
Restoration Step by Step
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Because veneer is only a thin layer of wood attached with glue to a solid base, it is very vulnerable to damage on wooden furniture. On old furniture, the glue that holds the veneer is often not water-resistant. Prolonged humidity or exposure to water can soften the glue, letting the veneer blister, crack, or peel.
Veneer is also easily damaged from the surface, and old veneers are often cracked, buckled, or broken, with chips or entire pieces missing. Cracked, broken, or chipped veneer requires some additional effort, such as finding a patch to match the surrounding surface.
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Rest assured your furniture will be in safe hands as this is an expertise I have an excellent reputation in, namely repairs to damaged antique and some modern furniture caused by daily use, rough handling and including house removal damage. Restoration Step by Step
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Some of the restoration work we undertake:
Dry stripping of surfaces. New baize or leathers.
Decorative inlays. Carving.
Consultancy & Valuations
Canework and Rushing
Japanning of surfaces
Insurance work - Full written estimates available.
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The art of French polishing dates back to the early nineteenth century when the craft was developed by French cabinet makers. The process involves the use of the finest materials and finishing techniques applied by skilled craftsmen.
The traditions of this ancient profession are proudly upheld at Richard Tozer's Antique Furniture Restoration Workshop.
For larger projects Richard is always pleased to work on site.
Case Studies
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Some of the restoration work we undertake:
Carcass repairs, Cabinet making, Veneering, French and Wax Polishing.
Decorative surface repairs including replacement of veneers. Traditional Upholstery and recovering of chairs and settees.
Modern furniture repaired and refinished. Modern upholstery repairs. Lacquering. Gilding, Clock case restoration.
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Besides accidental breakage, a joined piece of furniture may fail for a number of reasons. The most common are wear and tear which produce racking stresses on the joint (like the back legs of a chair) and normal expansion/shrinkage due to seasonal changes. These two forces may operate independently or together to produce failure at the glue line. A joint may also have been improperly cut when originally constructed with one of the components either too large or small.
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To properly repair a furniture joint we normally completely dismantle it and replace worn or damaged wood with wood from the same species.
The type of glue used on the original joinery is important. Prior to the mid forties, hot animal hide glue was the traditional glue used in furniture assembly. After that time, PVA glues eventually replaced hide glue.
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Not just simple repairs but also really involved and complex repairs to damaged or broken furniture components that look dramatic and un-mendable, repairs to shattered and broken chair legs, smashed rails, split table tops, warped surfaces, dropped furniture, removing white water marks, wrenched doors, toppled longcase clocks, replacing broken cabinet glass etc to both modern and antique pieces.
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Generally be safe to assume that you want the springs and padding to last the lifetime of the cover. Generally you want the cover to wear out before the stuff under it.
As far as the frame is concerned we check all of the joints of the frame, and if some joint is loose or squeaky, re-gluing and re-blocking the frame as needed. We always like to use the old springs if they are in good shape.
We would be pleased to discuss your requirements.
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With 40 years experience restoring a wide range of furniture, in the heart of the Kent countryside, from the most general, to the finest quality antiques.
From waxing to French polishing, cabinet work, repairing broken joints, and restoring damaged veneer or scratched, dented, burnt or water damaged pieces.
In the event of a flood, fire, or disastrous house move or burglary damage, we can deal directly with insurance companies, and for larger pieces, like pianos, staircases, or internal doors, we can work on site. Restoration Step by Step

Richard Tozer Restoration - a selection of our recent projects

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Restoration Services

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Furniture Restoration
Broken Joints
Veneer Restoration
Upholstery
French Polishing
Desk Top Leathers
Cabinetwork
Gilding
Painting Restoration
Limed Oak
Painted Finishes
Laquer Restoration
Carving
Wood Turning
Lock Repairs & Key Cutting
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Richard Tozer Restoration

From our workshops at Webdon Farm, Evegate Nr. Ashford in Kent, we offer a complete antiques restoration service
with a regular collection and delivery service to, Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury Deal Dover and through out Kent,
East Sussex,and London.
Insurance work- Full written estimates available.

Richard Tozer
3 Wembdon Business Centre Bower Road Smeeth
Ashford Kent TN25 6SZ
Telephone: 01303 813824 or 07818 032088
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Richard Tozer Restoration

Badly damaged or neglected furniture can almost always be restored.
As you will see from the examples on this website, skilled craftsman Richard Tozer can breath new life into your most treasured possessions.
Call us now and see how we can help you.

Richard Tozer
3 Wembdon Business Centre Bower Road Smeeth
Ashford Kent TN25 6SZ
Telephone: 01303 813824 or 07818 032088
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Richard Tozer Restoration

At our workshop at Wembdon Farm near Ashford, Kent we offer to all our clients a complete quality antique's restoration and conservation service, delivering a high standard of workmanship, from minor repairs to full restoration, whether a single item or containers of furniture prior to shipment overseas, or onsite work.
We also pride ourselves on customer confidentiality, which we have found is an important factor to some clients, personalities and trade dealers alike. Our aim is customer satisfaction working to your requirements to achieve the preservation, restoration or conservation of your treasured and valued antiques.

Richard Tozer
3 Wembdon Business Centre Bower Road Smeeth
Ashford Kent TN25 6SZ
Telephone: 01303 813824 or 07818 032088

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If you wsh to contact Richard Tozer for anything relate to the sale or purchase of Antiques or wish to to take advantage of the comprehensive restoration and other services we can offer, please email: richardtozer@hotmail.com and we will respond promptly. If you prefer to telephone our contact numbers are below, and the address, if you wish to write.

Richard Tozer
3 Wembdon Business Centre Bower Road Smeeth
Ashford Kent TN25 6SZ
Telephone: 01303 813824 or 07818 032088
If you wsh to contact Richard Tozer for anything relate to the sale or purchase of Antiques or wish to to take advantage of the comprehensive restoration and other services we can offer, please email: richardtozer@hotmail.com and we will respond promptly. If you prefer to telephone our contact numbers are below, and the address, if you wish to write.

Richard Tozer
3 Wembdon Business Centre Bower Road Smeeth
Ashford Kent TN25 6SZ
Telephone: 01303 813824 or 07818 032088

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