Help me restore and properly care for my wooden furniture.
I've recently inherited a revolving bookcase
that belonged to my father. I also have a drafting table
that needs attention.
Both the bookcase and the drafting table are in need of care and repair. The top of the bookcase is slightly warped and has a large crack where the wood has split and the shelves are separating from their supports. The drafting table has scratches in the finish and worn edges where people have rested their feet.
What's the best way to care for, restore, and preserve these items? My initial reaction was to disassemble them, strip the wood, fix the broken parts, re-finish and reassemble them. But now I have several questions:
1. Can you recommend
a professional furniture restoration expert/refinisher in or near Berkeley, California?
2. How should I care for them?
Do I wipe them down with furniture oil, or just dust them with a dry cloth?
3. I'm also interested in the origins of the bookcase.
My father got it sometime in the early sixties--it has a small metal badge that says, "Geo H. Fuller Desk Co. 640 Mission St. S.F." but aside from the initial Google search results, I've had no luck finding out anything about this company, when, where, or by whom the bookcase might have been built, or the style of the bookcase.