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The Departure of Pete Brockman

The Departure of Pete Brockman

In 2011 Peter Brockman joined our shop as a craftsman. Pete is a skilled cabinet maker and a graduate of the prestigious Fine Furniture program at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka California. For over six years Pete and I tackled a wide variety of projects, […]

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Prefinished Floor Repair

Prefinished Floor Repair

The finish started chipping from this factory finished floor board. No problems on the rest of the floor. Why? Who knows however we were able to provide a fix. We removed stain from previous repairs and then lightly sanded the bare wood with fine sandpaper. Then the […]

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Laminate Counter Top Repair

Laminate Counter Top Repair

Guess what happens when you spill the sanitizer from a home brew beer kit on your laminate countertop? It can eat through the color layer of laminate and leave white spots! We were doing on-site wood touch up and the client asked if by chance we could […]

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Spectacular Empire Period Table

Spectacular Empire Period Table

“I want to have an old table refinished.” Not just any “old table” but a fine example of American Empire furniture. Probably crafted in the 1840’s, the table is made of Cuban or Santo Domingo mahogany. The top is one solid wide board with wonderful figure and […]

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Exterior Door Refinish

Exterior Door Refinish

What a great door! Solid mahogany and still as sound as it was when it was custom made 20 years ago. However the elements had taken their toll on the finish. We removed this door and took it back to our shop and painstakingly sanded and scraped […]

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Headboard Repaired In Time for 50th Wedding Anniversary

Headboard Repaired In Time for 50th Wedding Anniversary

  No one was injured when a large oak tree crashed through the bedroom wall during a storm. However, the client’s favorite Dixie Furniture Company cherry bedroom suite was damaged and she feared that headboard was beyond repair. The double wedding ring “splat” in the middle of […]

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Floor Scratch repair

Floor Scratch repair

The real estate agent called. She said there was a scratch on the floor of the great room of a house she just sold and the new homeowner was not happy. Can we repair the scratch? Here’s what we did. We lightly sanded the edges of the […]

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Restoration or Refinishing?

Restoration or Refinishing?

Clients will sometimes ask me “What’s the difference between furniture refinishing and restoration?” Here are some thoughts on the subject. Restoration Donald C. Williams, retired Smithsonian conservator of wooden artifacts, provides us with a good definition of restoration: “Restoration is the process of returning a damaged artifact […]

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Brown County Woodworkers

Brown County Woodworkers

The Brown County (Indiana) Woodworkers asked me to address their group last week.  I spent about 90 minutes answering questions about finishing and performed one demonstration on how to brush shellac with a golden taklon artist’s wash brush.

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Leg Repaired, Dog Out of Trouble

Leg Repaired, Dog Out of Trouble

When the client called she said the dog had chewed on the legs of a chair. When I saw the damage I wanted to ask, “Was it a dog or was it a beaver!” Spent over a half day working on site to erase the dog’s work.  The […]

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Grandma’s Trunk Rescued from Barn

Grandma’s Trunk Rescued from Barn

We got a call from a client asking us if we would come out and look at Grandma’s trunk .It was sitting in the corner of a barn and was much abused. Could we restore it? I told the man we did restorations but maybe what was […]

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Class: Finishing Common Woods to Look Amazing!

Class: Finishing Common Woods to Look Amazing!

That’s me in the front of the class demonstrating a glazing technique. At our recent class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, we transformed poplar, rotary cut birch plywood and #2 common pine into cherry, mahogany and walnut using a variety of finishing techniques. Part of […]

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Counter top Refinish

Counter top Refinish

Pete and I were busy over IU’s spring break, refinishing a white oak counter top on a reception desk.  The newly refinished top had to match the existing woodwork as closely as possible. Here is the finished top. The other part of the job was to install […]

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Dog Damaged Dresser Repaired

Dog Damaged Dresser Repaired

I received a call regarding an almost new dresser that was damaged by Lucky, a Jack Russell terrier. It seems his ball rolled under the dresser and he scratched at the base in an effort to retrieve it. The little dog was indeed lucky that his owner […]

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Waterbased On-Site Finishing Techniques

Waterbased On-Site Finishing Techniques

Recently Peter Brockman and I attended a seminar on low odor, water based finishes for on-site furniture touch up and finishing.  The two day event was sponsored by the Professional Refinishers Group and was hosted by Steven and Carye Weber at the Excel Shop in Louisville Kentucky.  Our […]

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