repairs

furniture repair

Dovetail Restoration has the ability to handle all of your furniture repair needs, from simple glueing to repairing split tops.

Parts
Often parts of furniture are lost either during a move or they are broken beyond repair. This is where we come to the rescue. At Dovetail, our furniture repair craftsmen will reproduce the missing part and blend it in to the original area to make it as invisible as possible. Often we are needed to create custom furniture parts that did not exist before but are now desired by the customer. Our custom made solutions include everything from chair rungs and spindles to wooden steering wheels. We also provide the service of all custom turnings no matter how unique.

Don't worry about the problem, call us and we can fix it for you.

Veneers
Dovetail’s services also include veneer repair. Veneers are thinly sliced sections of wood. These were used to make use of attractive and often expensive types of wood in an inexpensive way. They were also used to make attractive designs such as book-matching and artistic forms such as Marquetry or Parquetry, which is the art of design and pictures, by the use of wood.

Dovetail is skilled in the process of veneer replacement and repair. We can either repair damaged or loose veneer due to age or mistreatment. Veneer can also be replaced if the original veneer is beyond help. We can match up veneer according to species and configuration.

Some veneers have either been sanded through or damaged in a manner that replacement or patching is not a possibility. At this time, coloring is needed to fake or faux the appearance of wood grain. See below for an example of this type of veneer repair.

Chairs
Our furniture repair and restoration projects include extensive experience with chairs. Chairs come in all types of shapes and sizes and can produce some very interesting and complicated problems. The simplest seating repair is the glueing of chairs.At Dovetail Restoration, we take the time to make sure that the repair job is done right the first time. For this reason, when we glue a chair, we take the piece apart and clean the loose joint so that the glue can have the chance to work properly. The chair is then reassembled and clamped tight overnight. The chair is then cleaned and waxed and sent on its way.

Unfortunately, some jobs are not that simple. We also take the time to perform any furniture repairs that may be needed. We can replace any parts that may have been lost or possibly broken due to misuse or time.

Our repairs are guaranteed under normal usage and reasonable time. If the customer does not want to go to the full expense, other repair solutions include the injection of glue into the joints. This procedure is performed from time to time but is neither guaranteed nor is it the preferred practice.

Whatever your problem is, we are very capable to handle the situation.

Carvings
At Dovetail, we have skilled craftsmen with the ability to reproduce missing carvings as well as create custom carvings. Carvings on aprons for new or additional leaves are a common option. You can even create your own designs.

No matter how ornate or how long ago it was lost, whether your dog chewed a leg to look like a pencil point or your most precious Oriental, American, English, French, Greek or Italian piece is missing a section, we can take care of the situation.

This example of a repair shows a tabletop where the veneer on the left was sanded through to the sub-wood and was not able to be repaired. Faux painting was used in this instance.

This is not a preferred method but there are times when it is our only choice. Other options include the complete replacement of the section of veneer. This veneer repair solution, however, could change the value of the piece.

 

 
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