Anyone ever do any furniture repairs for customers?

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Blog entry by gene posted 11-24-2010 04:47 AM 5720 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair was a difficult repair. As you can see, you can never have enough different types of clamps on hand.
I repaired seven chairs for this customer.Please note that the front leg was completely broken off.
I re-attached it using a hardwood dowel. The chair was not worth making a new leg. After trimming and staining, You could barely notice the repair. After all, previously it was ready for the fireplace an hour and a half before. the customer was happy, So I was too!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 05:22 AM

A lot of ingenuity going on there Gene, good repair. I like the special made clamping cauls.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 05:40 AM

Gene, Looks like you have a good number of clamps.. good thing to. Seems like a good idea to put the dowel through the seat. Great Save.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 06:48 AM

A nice short lesson in clamping. Thanks for sharing!


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#4 posted 11-24-2010 02:08 PM

It looks like a nice save on the chair. I have done a few of these for friends and family and it is nice to be able to help them out, as I am sure you know.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 11-24-2010 04:52 PM

Nice repair. I’ve never tried a repair because of my fear of trying to match finishes.

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#6 posted 11-24-2010 05:05 PM

Wow, Gene! Lots of good clamping ideas here!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 11-24-2010 07:12 PM

Nice job Gene, I used to repair those kind of things for some antique dealers. Many times they would paint them so the repair didn’t have to be matched with stain and they claim they could sell them faster because the customers liked the painted look. You did a good job with the clamping, they are not easy repairs. Also think of using strap clamps in some cases.

You really can’t charge enough to make that kind of job worth it but some you win and some you hope to break even. If it keeps the customer happy and coming back then it’s OK. Keep up the good work.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#8 posted 11-24-2010 10:49 PM

Hey Bob,
You are correct about the time factor. On this particular chair, I told the customer how I planed to make the repair and would charge him one hour and materials, plus that if I could not make the repair? He would have to trash it. It took me just under three hours trying different methods to get it just right. Most all furniture repairs do take time and allot of trail and error, plus a bunch of patience and a cool head ! This chair was a real basket case!
Thanks for the comments.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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