One of the simplest things you can do to preserve your material heritage, is rehouse it, to protect it from the effects of light, temperature, humidity, pests, dust and mechanical damage. Placing flat documents inside clear sheet protectors will help prevent tears, soiling and mechanical damage, while using unbleached calico and untreated polyester wadding to create small padded cushions, may mean the difference between a broken piece of pottery or a securely stored heirloom, inside a storage box. Once I complete the treatment of an object, I construct customised storage boxes using archival grey/blue board and hot glue. I am able to construct these to size meaning that the object I have repaired or stabilised can be fit snugly inside. A lid is then constructed. Reaching this part in any treatment signifies the end point but it is not complete until each one is tucked securely into their new homes, prior to being returned to their owners.
I had to cut some splines in these mitres boxes, so I threw together a quick jig to make it fast. I just added a piece onto the tablesaw sled that held the boxes at 45’, and put a stop on the side so each spline would be 1” from the edge. 10min to make the jig, and then 3 min or so to cut 8 splines per box. Nice and quick.