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.

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