Dismantling : Pembroke Table stage 1

To begin the table top is unscrewed from the base frame and the three leaves separated.The veneer needs to be removedCannon photo's 061 Cannon photo's 062 Cannon photo's 063 from the central leaf,in order to repair the underlying damaged substrate.The central fan decoration must be held securely together and stabilized  before lifting.If you were to steam this parquetry of with a wet cloth and a hot iron ,each individual segment would swell and then shrink to a different size .In short ,you would not be able to get it back together again.The solution is to lay white tissue paper over the fan design and paint it with a solution of paraloid b -72 this bonds all the segments together and allows a complex  design of many veneers to be lifted as one piece whilst maintaining stability.A large palette knife is heated on the surface of a hot iron .I begin at one edge of the table top where the veneer is already lifting .The hot knife is carefully eased in between veneer and substrate.The animal glue used to bond the veneer to the substrate will begin to soften.Gradually working the knife throughout the surface,the veneer is completely released from the substrate.The back of the veneer is carefully cleaned with warm water to remove all the old animal glue.To ensure the veneer remains flat during the drying process it is placed between sheets of brown paper and put into a press.

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