Chai Kai – the art of structural repairs to Chinese furniture

disassembled-antique-chinese-table-parts-spread-out-slide Chai Kai - the art of structural repairs to Chinese furniture

拆开 (Chāi kāi) essentially means to “take apart” and people often don’t realize that when you restore a piece of Chinese antique furniture, usually in addition to carefully cleaning it, it also usually must be taken apart and entirely refitted back together. Since Chinese furniture rarely uses nails, and instead uses a complex system of pegs and joints, the item can be completely disassembled, with the pieces spread out over the workshop floor.

Chinese Woodworking: books and resources from around the web

Chinese_carpenter Chinese Woodworking: books and resources from around the web

Books on Chinese Woodworking with good diagrams There are a lot of books on Chinese antiques out there, most of which we have on our amazon list already.  And not to boast but I do think this list is about as complete as it gets. However, I find these ones have the most complete details […]

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