You might think you're up to restoring or refinishing that antique furniture you have sitting in the back corner of your basement.  Those DIY shows make it look so easy.  Unless you know what you're doing, you will get discouraged rather quickly.  It takes experience, equipment, and many hours to do it right and get a professional looking project.  Let me help you get that antique out of your basement and into your living room once again.

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Piano Restoration #O-MD1
Are you planning on restoring that antique in the back of the garage but are never motivated enough to start?  That's usually the case.  This piano was just about shot when it was delivered to me.  I refinished all of the wood, I cleaned and buffed all the hardware, I patched all the chipped off wood, I repaired the legs which were ripped off, I even restored the stool.  If you're thinking of doing something like this yourself, this is not a weekend project while throwing down a few beers.  This piano came apart in 123 pieces (not including screws, hinges, and hardware) and took 48 hours of love to bring back from the dead.  Please click on the thumbnails for before/after photos.

Check out the blog for this project with many photos.

Sold $1300
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TV Restoration #R-PH1
Here's a vintage TV that was completely revamped to become a focal point in the home.

Here are the highlights:
All the mahogany was stripped bare and re-stained back to its original glory.  22"w x 19"d x 35"h.
● The original electronics were removed and replaced with a new flat panel TV and a Bose sound bar.
● A new custom fit TV bevel was made and painted a metallic silver to mimic the original.
● The fabric speaker cover was replaced with a close match.
● The original knobs were retained.  The channel once again lights up, and another knob was retrofit to control the back lighting.
● Speaking of back lighting, I installed LED strips on the back, the bottom, and even inside.  Why the hell not?  This baby glows, and the lighting can be programmed for a solid color, it can fade through the spectrum, and it can even dance to the beat of the music.
● The TV and sound bar needed custom-fit mounting plates to interface with the original case.

Over the top?  You bet your ass!  Taking a project to the next level is where I excel.  People won't expect this TV to even work at all.  Then you will show them a high quality colored picture, a sound system that will rip their heads off, and even a freakin' light show.  Outstanding!

Check out the blog for this project with many photos.

Sold $1300
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Antique Table Restoration #O-NA1
When your were a child, you remember sitting around Grandma's kitchen table playing games.  Grandma may be gone now, but those memories still make you smile - but that 50 year old decaying table does not.  Let me put a new shine on that table with a complete restoration.  Here, I cleaned off years of gunk, stripped off all the old finish, and put on a fresh coat of stain to bring out its beauty.  I cleaned and buffed out the original hinges.  Wow!  Luster you didn't know was under there.  The original leg corner blocks were cracked and couldn't hold the legs in place very well.  I made new stronger corner blocks which greatly stabilized the structure.  This table is now ready to create new memories with the grandkids.

Sold $400
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Antique Table Restoration #F-LF1
The client could have bought several small tables at Target to replace this one, but it would not have been the table his great grandfather hand-made which was passed down through the family.  Over the years, the table had seen some abuse.  When I received it, one leg was completely broken, all the joints were loose or failed, and the finish was shot.  The restoration included fixing the broken leg, mending a large gouge in the table top, disassembling the entire unit, cleaning and regluing all the joints, then sanding and refinishing the piece to its original glory.

Sold $150
This can be time consuming work, please call for a quote
     
 
     


Antique Chest Restoration #O-LL3
Do you have Grandma's old hope/toy chest sitting in the basement collecting cobwebs?  Did you think that someday you'd refinish it yourself, and that day never happened?  Let me jumpstart that project for you!  This restoration included a complete strip and refinish; I buffed out the copper appointments; I replaced the hinges with the new "torsion" style which hold the lid up; I completely remade the feet and tucked casters behind and out of sight; I made other minor repairs to make the chest functional yet still keep some of that antique charm.  Click on the thumbnails for before and after photos.  Remarkable!

Sold $400
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Antique Stool Replica #R-PL1
Here, Grandma loved her antique step stool she had from her youth.  She still uses it to reach the top shelf, and the tall handle makes it easy to carry around.  Granddaughter also likes to use it, so I was commissioned to make a replica for the her.  the new one is made from red oak and stained to match the original.  I added a gripping tread surface and pads on the bottom to keep things safe.  In the photo, the original is in back.

Sold $175
     
 
     

▲Before
Antique Stool Refinishing #O-LL4
Back in the day, Grandpa worked on the railroad and this is how he helped travelers board the train.  Maybe it was where he met Grandma.  Over the years, the stool received about a dozen coats of paint, it was relegated to a dark and dusty corner of the basement, and it was forgotten.  Imagine Grandma's surprise when it was found and refinished to its former glory.  This project included disassembly, full strip of the old paint, a thorough sanding, re-assembly, and new stain and polyurethane top coats.  I could have made a new, prettier stool for about the same cost, but it would not have possessed the memories as the original.

Sold $125
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▲For a Pioneer SX-780 (1978) with mahogany sides and a mahogany plywood top.

▲For a Pioneer SX-780 (1978) with mahogany sides featuring a tiger maple band and wenge end caps and a mahogany plywood top.
Vintage Stereo Receiver Cases #O-NB1
Vintage stereo equipment still rocks.  If you have an old receiver, consider upgrading to a new wood case.  Those original particle board cases are prone to falling apart.  I can rebuilt the cases with real wood and a little flair.  I can reuse the original metal vent or create one with a custom logo just for you.  This type of work requires exacting precision and perfect duplication of the mating parts, and I can deliver it.

Sold $125 each
$60 extra for a custom metal vent

▲For a Pioneer SX-880 (1978) with walnut sides featuring a quilted maple and wenge band.  Check out the custom stainless steel vent.

▲What's under the hood counts, too.  I'll fix it right and give you a lifetime warranty to back it up.

▲For a Pioneer SX-880 (1978) with walnut sides featuring a quilted maple. Custom stainless steel vent and emblems.  Interior LED's.

▲The interior LED's cast a subtle glow in any color you like.
So you want ALL the options?
Real wood: walnut with quilted maple bands
● Custom designed and cut stainless steel vent.  This one has the client's initials on it, but I can make any design you want.
● Custom stainless Pioneer emblems in the end panels.
● 12 coats of glossy lacquer.
● Purple LED's on the interior because everyone needs their own personal light show.

Sold $500
     
 
     


▲Before

Speaker Re-Veneer #R-PG1
If you had your vintage stereo receiver case restored, you can't let your vintage speakers go without some love.  These were some mid-70's classics, but the original particle board got a little water damaged and the faux wood colored stickers were coming off.  I removed all the stickers.  I found that the particle board could be patched and sanded smooth and flush again without having to replace any wood.  I applied new, real, walnut wood veneer and solid walnut trim on the fronts and finished everything up pretty again. 13"w x 12"d x 23"h.


Sold $180 for the pair

     
 
     

Car Console Cover & Gear Shift Knob #O-LE1
My client was refurbishing a 1965 Mustang and needed a few finishing touches to make the project special.  The gear shift knob was carved to perfectly fit the driver's hand, and a threaded insert was provided to mount onto the stick.  The console cover was also custom cut to fit its final resting place and receive the gear shift assembly.  These pieces were made from walnut to match the car's dash accents.

Sold $125
     
     
 
     

▲Before

▲After
Poorly Built Dresser Repair #F-MH1
That Target special dresser looked good in the store, and the $250 price was right.......and it lasted about a month before it completely fell apart.  I understand your pain, and I am here to ease it (and still not blow your budget).

The list of bad design and subpar materials is endless:
● You have to put it together yourself.  You're probably not a carpenter.  Do you know how tight to torque that screw down before you strip the threads out of the hole?  Would you know that it's stronger to glue the joints together?
I completely disassembled the unit, reinforced it, and put it back together properly.
● Even though it says "real wood" on the box, it really means real wood veneer.  Veneer is a very thin (<1/32") sheet of wood.  In this case it was laminated to MDF (basically pressed paper).  The MDF was only 1/2" thick and is not strong enough to hold a screw.
I reinforced the case with an internal sub-frame so all the joinery was solid.
● The drawer spacers failed (see the upper left photo).  The manufacturer needed to install drawer spacers so that the drawers would clear the face frames on the case.  These cantilevered from the sidewalls about 2 1/2".  There were only two screws on each spacer screwed into 1/2" thick MDF.  Once the drawer was loaded up, it twisted those spacers down.  Since only about two threads of the screw were sunk into the 1/2" MDF, all of these spacers easily pulled out.  Just bad design.
I spot sanded the areas where the drawer spacers were attached, glued the connection, and installed thicker screws.  I further reinforced this critical area by screwing the ends of these spacers to a new internal sub-frame so they wouldn't twist out again.
● Cam locks are a popular method to join break-down furniture.  If you do not have the stud heights exactly set, the cam locks won't turn.  The cam locks provided with this unit were so thin and flimsy, they simply just broke when turned too hard. The top and the sides of the case were only held together by about half of the hardware.
I replaced all the cam locks with new ones and adjusted the height of the studs to work correctly.
● Cross-dowel nuts were used to attach the bottom.  When tightening them up, they easily pulled right through the flimsy MDF and were barely holding the bottom of the unit on.
I added additional screws attaching the bottom to the sides.
● They built the drawers from the crappiest "wood" I have ever seen and joined the sides with 1" screws.  With a little racking of the drawer, many of these screws pulled out and stripped the holes out.
I replaced all the short screws with longer ones.

Everyone's "mess" will be a little different to sort out.  Please invite me to your home so I can see what needs to be done.  Then I can give you an honest quote to do the work.
 
 
     

RV Improvements #R-PG1
Driving your house down the road can cause some damage if things are tied down well.  Here, the closet door swung open, broke the door frame, and pulled the hinges out.  The owner thought he would have to replace the whole door, but after looking at it, I found that I could just clean up the splinters and glue it back together saving him a little cash.  He liked my handiwork so much he had me make him a swing out table for his computer, a headboard for the bed, and a key rack with hooks.  This was all done in red oak and stained to match the existing RV's interior.  The client performed the installations on his own.

It won't make much sense to show you a price.  This was kind of a bunch of small projects, and the client provide some material and labor.  But I can fix just about anything, so let me quote your project.
     
 
     
  TV Stand Repair #F-MI1
This TV stand was supposedly designed to hold a TV.  It did not.  The top shelf was made from MDF (pressed paper) and bowed under the weight.  It bowed so bad that it was pushing on the items on the glass shelf below and was bowing the glass, too.  Not Good!  I built a new top shelf from plywood with sturdy wood edge trim all around.  The new shelf slid over the existing and all was screwed together tightly.  It was painted gloss black to coordinate with the rest of the piece.  The new top measured 56"w x 18"d x 3"h.

Sold $150
Included field measurement, delivery, and installation.
     
 
     
Table Leaf Repair #O-LJ3
My client's basement had a leak and her table leaves were standing up in the corner soaking up the water.  Fortunately, the plastic laminate veneer was still in good shape.  I carefully cut off the damaged particle board, lapped on some new maple, and glued it all up tight.  I matched the edge detail and installed new alignment dowels.  A perfect restoration and they didn't have to buy a new table.

Sold $125
     
 
     
Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Repair #R-PB1
I see this one a lot!  This client lived with an unusable, broken drawer for ten years.  Now they want to sell the house and they need to fix it.  They will never enjoy the service of the repaired drawer.  Folks, if it's broke, fix it now! In this case, I built a new drawer box and reused the front, slides, and pulls.

Sold $80
Call for a quote, your job may be different
     
 
     

▲Full rail replacement

▲Full rail replacement with cross dowels

▲Hook replacement only
Bed Rails Repair #F-MI2
Here's an example of how everyone's "mess" will be different and why I don't post some prices.  Here's three bed rail repairs.
● In the upper left photo, the wood rail was completely split and could not be repaired.  I made an entire new rail with new box spring supports and re-installed the existing hooks in the rail in a much more permanent fashion making it stronger than the original.  I also applied a matching stain and poly coats.  $175 for one rail replacement.
● In the upper right photo, the rails were still in ok shape.  There were a few minor chips and some missing wood, but I could simply strengthen the repair by through-bolting the connection without having to make new wood rails and matching stain.  It was a little cheaper.  $60 to repair two rails.
● In the lower left photo, I made two new rails from 1" thick pine with box spring supports.  I made them work with the existing cross-dowel hardware.  Here, the client chose to save some money by staining and polying herself.  $150 for two new rails.

Please invite me to your home so I can see what needs to be done.  Then I can give you an honest quote to do the work.  I will only do the work that needs to be done to save you some cash.
     
 
     


Chair Repair #F-NE1
This client's heralded estate sale find was treasured...in her garage collecting dust for over 20 years.  It took about an hour to fix.

● The back's arching top rail was broken.  I glued and clamped it back together.
● One missing spindle was replaced.  I matched the through-tenon design of the original, but glued and wedged the spindle in place to better secure it.
● The seat was split and someone performed a makeshift repair some time ago.  I removed the metal plates from the underside of the seat, spread the joint apart, re-glued the wood back together, and clamped it back up to dry.  The metal plates weren't really a distraction so I reinstalled them with larger screws to better grip the wood.
● The client wished to touch up the final finish herself.

Sold $40
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Chair Repair #R-PA1
Sometimes a fix is difficult, but other times it's easy, like this one.  It was a clean break and there wasn't too much wood missing.  All I had to do was glue things back together.  I added dowels in the connection points to reinforce the structure, and I glued it up with a custom clamping caul to put the squeeze on.  After the glue was dry, I dabbed on a little matching stain and drop filled some of the chipped areas with lacquer to even out the surface.  Better than new!

Sold $20
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Arcade Game Control Panel #R-PA2
This client was restoring an old school arcade game.  The original plywood control panel was pretty beat up, and he wanted to add some additional controls.  I duplicated the original panel's dimensions and edge profile precisely for a perfect fit.  I installed the track ball unit (the client will add the rest of the buttons and a joystick).  The track ball plate was recessed flush so the new graphic will lay over everything seamlessly.  The track ball cavity was routed cleanly.  Let me help you with your restoration project.  I can help a little or a lot depending on what you might want to do yourself.

Sold $50
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Shabby Chic Project #F-NH1
If you have a project in mind but you don't possess the tools nor carpentry expertise to make it happen, let me work with you to get it done.  This client had a vision which included some custom table legs.  She found the various wood shapes and the metal leaves, but she just didn't know how to put them together and attach them securely to her sideboard.  I helped her see her project to completion.

Everyone's project will be different.  If I can give you a quote, I will, or I will work for you on an hourly basis.  You can even help in the shop if you want to be hands on or make changes as we go.
     
 
     

▲Before

▲After
Raise a Sofa #O-ME2
Plain and simple -  I will do the jobs no other woodworking place wants to mess with.

My client was getting up there in years (as we all will) and was having trouble getting in and out of the sofa.  She couldn't find a taller one that suited her, and she loved her old sofa.  She called me to find an attractive way to make it taller.  The existing design was simple and lent itself to a simple solution: adding an additional piece of wood across the bottom to give her the extra height.  Quick and easy.
     

 

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