Structure Repair & Specialties
Much of the furniture that comes to us is put back in daily use in homes. A broken
leg or drawer must stand up to this use. Since our records indicate that less than
1/10 of 1% of our repairs fail we can offer you this unique limited warranty.
Limited Repair Warranty- If the structural repair we have done fails do to our poor
craftsmanship and does not show signs of abuse or excessive wear and tear we will
repair the area for a second time for FREE. Warranty claims are honored with your
original receipt (work order) presented along with the re-work. (This warranty does
not cover the tearing of surrounding woods because our repair did hold.) Furniture
Physicians reserves the right to turn down a repair or offer, at the customer's
own risk, non-warranteed repairs.
Our Special In-shop Services- Re-veneering, Metal Stripping, Brass& Copper Stripping,
Polishing, & Lacquering
Wood Veneer Repair
Veneer is the thin layer of wood many times glued over solid wood stocks and other
materials. The veneering process is centuries old and originally was done
to obtain particular cuts of decorative wood. Veneering use extends into most
kitchen cabinets, automobile dashes, paneling and trim, and many other areas where
you "think" you might have solid wood stock. We can always tell
you if a surface is veneered and what we can do to repair it. In most cases
it has evolved into a method of cutting costs and expending the use of many hardwood
trees. We are often asked about replacing or repairing this thin surface.
When veneering is chipped or completely removed from a surface it is necessary to
repeat the construction steps and match the wood species and graining textures to
replace it. With our current technology and materials we can provide excellent
repair of missing areas or chips of veneer.We do however try to avoid whole sheet
replacement if possible. New veneers just don't match the look of older
veneers and many times connot lay perfectly flat unless applied by a process called
"vacuum bagging". We do have another veneer specialty company that
we recommend locally if you need that service. Just call our main Furniture
Physicians Co. number for that infromation.
Many old pieces of furniture have lost some of their "carving appliqués."
These were carvings made of solid or even compressed wood, cut out separately, then
glued and wire nailed to the surfaces of the furniture. Over the years the glue
fails or the carvings catches on the edge of something during a move and are lost.
Many times these were Bendix style carvings (compressed wood cutouts). The die cutters
in many cases have survived and we can get these carvings very reasonably through
our suppliers. What about missing solid carvings??? It's a little more complex
but in this case we can usually do re-casting. Since these pieces of furniture are
fancier to begin with the carving pattern may be duplicated somewhere else on the
furniture. We use a special theatre grade latex compound to take a "mold"
of the duplicate area. We then can use a combination of epoxies and fiberglass materials
and cast the missing part. Color and even strengtheners can be cast into the new
carving replica for exacting looks and great durability. No one but the owner of
the piece will know that it has even been replaced!
While similar to carving replication, parts replication can be a little more challenging.
This may involve casting a duplicate of a missing wooden knob, a decorative brass
key plate, or even part of a fancy turning or trim block from a bed. Using a multi-dimensional
molding process, the mold is most often broken into two halves using alignment pins
for reassembly. Sometimes the part can even be cast directly back into place with
steel pins or screws providing an anchor into the wood itself. In most cases your
parts replication is only limited by our imagination!
Wrought iron, cast iron, steel, aluminum, and many other metals can be stripped.
Just call us with a description of the piece and a phone quote can be given to you.
Brass & Copper Stripping, Polishing, & Lacquering
Brass, copper, pewter, and many fine metals can be stripped, polished, and lacquered
by our shop. Much of this is done by hand and machine methods. These items are difficult
to quote over the phone and may require an in-shop inspection before an estimate
can be given.
Refinishing & Repair Supplies
We carry the best in refinishing & repair supplies. Many hobbyists will prefer
to do their own finishing or repair work. Names such as General Finishes, Restorco,
Mohawk, and of course, Furniture Physicians Co. brand products are not found in
your local hardware stores. Finishes, glues, polishes, and sandpaper are few of
the items we sell to our customers. We even have our self-produced finishing video
that can be rented to aid in your project.