BROKEN & DAMAGED FURNITURE
RE-GLUING & REPAIR
We offer complete repair of all types of furniture. Perhaps you have a dining chair that is severely broken, we can repair and save that matching chair for your dining set.
An old rocker, for example, will be carefully taken apart to access the joints. Only then can the joint be scraped clean and made ready for the application of carpenter’s yellow glue and clamping.
Yellow carpenter’s glue, aliphatic-resin, is the only type of glue that is suitable for the joining of raw wood to raw wood. There are new urethane glues that are used for some applications, however, they are “foaming” glues and are difficult to keep confined to the joint area. Fine antiques and collectibles should be restored with the classic “hide” glue, urea-formaldehyde, if that was originally used on the antique.
We look for and repair any loose joints by carefully taking apart the joint, cleaning off old glue and repairing any broken parts or dowels. The drawer glides and doors are checked for function and repaired as required. Table leaves are checked for fit. Legs and bases are made solid again. Any loose veneer is glued down and small missing pieces are filled in with veneer of the same type. Larger areas may need replacing and we maintain an inventory of old veneer for this purpose. Missing parts are recreated and missing carving is hand duplicated, edges are smoothed, and we check that the piece is square and working properly.
Repairing Furniture in Northern Virginia Since 1973
OTHER REPAIR TECHNIQUES INCLUDE:
We only strip by hand using a “flow over” process. The item is carefully taken apart as needed (doors, hardware, glass etc.) and then placed in a large shallow trough. The stripper is kept in a reservoir and then pumped through a bristled brush onto the surface. The specially formulated chemical will not harm the patina or the original sanding of the piece. This is important in maintaining its antique value.
The item is then rinsed with clear water to clean off any remaining chemical. Sometimes special chemicals are used to remove water staining or discoloring.
Small nicks and dents are steamed out to prevent further removal of more wood or veneer. Because of our stripping method, the original sanding is not harmed and only a light sanding for cleanup is required.
Large top surfaces are “block sanded” to provide a flat surface.
We will ask you to come in at this point to see the progress and work with our finisher to select a color, based on the natural color of the wood or a provided sample. We can match most colors and effects, but not perfectly. We will get as close as possible. All interiors and drawer interiors are sealed and finished.
Grainy woods such as mahogany and walnut are filled with a colored paste to close the grain and provide a smooth finish after the coats are applied. We have a selection of sheens and hand rubbed effects to choose from.