Restoration goes beyond refinishing. This process involves working a piece of furniture from the inside out. The restoration procedure is reserved mainly for the preservation of your finer antiques. The art of this process involves bringing the piece back to what the cabinet makers intentions were the day it was made, without compromising the character it has developed in it's time.
Refinishing is not only purely cosmetic, but also is just as much structural as glue, screws, and nails. The finish on the furniture keeps the wood and glue joints from drying out and oxidizing. When the old finish on a piece starts to go bad there can be many signs. These signs include loose joints, loose veneer, and the finish showing wear itself.