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Night Stand or Work Table?

Night Stand or Work Table?

This little table was purchased by our client many years ago.  He brought it to us and asked if we could make it presentable again. It had several coats of varnish that had crackled and then paint had been applied over that crackle.  It was a mess! […]

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MASW Refinishing Class

MASW Refinishing Class

Last week Pete and I taught a furniture refinishing and repair class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, Indiana.  It was five days of intense work where 16 students transformed old furniture in various states of disrepair into pieces that are attractive and useful again. One of […]

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100 yr Old “Before” Pics

100 yr Old “Before” Pics

Recently we repaired a mahogany dining chair for local potter Barb Lund.  The chair is part of a set of dining chairs that have been in her family for generations. According to family lore, the chairs were purchased Barb’s great grandfather Alexander Delmar in France in the […]

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Shaker Chair Repaired

Shaker Chair Repaired

Our recent post on the repair of an Old Hickory rocker reminded me of the Shaker rocker we repaired a while back.  The rocker is a modern reproduction of an Enfield Massachusetts Shaker rocker that had been mistreated. We guess that the rocker was broken at some point […]

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Old Hickory Chair Repair

Old Hickory Chair Repair

A client brought us an Old Hickory chair with a woven seat and back.  The chair started as a rocker but the rockers had been removed at some point.  The antiques dealer that sold her the chair said it would be easy to turn this rocker into a regular chair.  “Just add […]

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Shellac Class Aug 2013

Shellac Class Aug 2013

Back in August, Pete and I did a two day class on shellac as a fine finish at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. (www.MarcAdams.com) We brushed it, padded it, sprayed it and French polished it. We added color to the shellac and made a toner and […]

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Finishing Class July 2013

Finishing Class July 2013

Marc Adams and Mitch Kohanek talk before the start of class I just finished five days as a teacher’s assistant in a hands on finishing class for woodworkers.  The class was taught by my mentor, Mitch Kohanek, a finishing and furniture restoration expert with 35 years of teaching experience […]

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Spoon Rack Repair

Spoon Rack Repair

This late 1600′s/early 1700′s spoon rack came into the shop for cosmetic work.  the piece is made from rift sawn white oak.  It has the gently dishing of a scrub plane on the back and rose head hand forged nails holding the casework together.   The case had […]

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