Furniture Repairs

Everyday living can take its toll on your furniture, children tipping back chairs, cats needing a scratching post can cause damage all of which can be repaired. Moving house is stressful enough without the potential for damage to furniture in the process, missing castors or broken legs and feet can all be repaired or replaced.

Damaged, scratched or broken furniture can often be repaired to almost new condition. Scratches and chips can be seamlessly repaired using modern waxes, fillers and stains so that only under very close scrutinity, the damage repair can be seen.

Depending on the location and wear risk, different materials can be used to bring the final level up to finished and then a protective coating of laquer can be applied to protect from water damage (in the case of a wooden floor or table top for example) or a waxed finish for other wood grain finishes.

 

Metal fixings that have become cross threaded can also be replaced or repaired.

Below is a case study of a simple repair to a dining chair that had the joints broken when the chair was tipped back.

Please note, I am unable to repair paintings, sculptures, ceramics and electricals.

Here is the base of the seat frame where it meets the front chair leg of an oak dining chair. At some point in its life, it was tipped back, pulling the pegged joint apart leaving the frame loose and rocking front to back.

Here is the base of the seat frame where it meets the front chair leg of an oak dining chair. At some point in its life, it was tipped back, pulling the peggeg joint apart leaving the frameloose and rocking front to back.The repair of the loose frame is underway, here you can see where a screw has been put into the back of the chair leg through into the seat frame. Drilling a clerance hole in the upright and a pilot into the seat frame, allows the screw to pull the frame tightly back into the upright, eliminating the back/forwards rocking. Under the screw is a similar repair but now with an oak plug glued into place and shaved back to finish flush with the upright.

 

The plug has been inserted so the the grain of the plug matches the grain of the chair upright. A light sanding, removed stray fibres ready for the final stage of staining to match the existing woodwork.

The completed furniture repair

So here is the final repair, the oak plugs have been staind to match the existing wood and the glue allowed to set to finish off the repair.

Now, it is just a matter of training the children, not to tip the chair back while eating dinner!

For furniture repairs, odd jobs around the home, use my Contact Us page to discuss how I will be able to help.

 

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