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NIcked up Frame

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This mirror frame had a few large gouges through the antique bronze finish into the substrate wood.  There was also some significant build up of dust, old wax, and lord knows what else.  I scrubbed that out with some citrus degreaser and restored the finish with some ebony stain and a quick wipe.  Then, I filled the gouges with melt-in lacquer.   After that a polish and waxing and presto!

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AFTER:

Gouges in a Cherry Bookcase

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Another moving tragedy.  These gouges were on top of this nice piece and really ugly.






I had to do this one on-site, but it came out pretty well.

Deep Surface Scratches

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This dresser suffered a number of serious scratches during a move.  Because it was particle board construction no sanding was possible. Still I think this turned out pretty well.


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Lutherie

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Yes, I work on instruments, too.  This 1962 Gibson "Dove" had a serious surface scratch on the lower bout and numerous heavy pick scratches and "dings" from rough use over the years.  I'm pretty happy with the results on this one.



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New Grips

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The grips on this .22 single action pistol were plastic and too small.  I replaced the cheap plastic grips with hand-sculpted, black walnut grips, custom fit to the owner's hand

Writing Desk

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I was tasked with repairing a deep gouge in the edge molding of a mahogany-stain over oak veneer writing desk.  The gouge was a little over an inch long and perhaps 1/16" -  3/8" wide.
 I judged the gouge too large to fill effectively with burn-in lacquer, so I went with a died wood filler and then padded the finish to cover the patch.  I finished with a light buffing and added the artificial distressing over the fix.
It's worth pointing out that the before picture was taken in natural sunlight and the after under fluorescent light.  Hence the differences in overall tone of the pictures.

By Way of Introduction . . .

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Greetings,


Welcome to my blog.  I've been working with wood, building and repairing furniture and doing cabinetry and finish carpentry for the last 40 years or so, beginning with a block sander and a vast mesa of cherry that was the top of a dining room table.  I learned to hate sanding . . . and then I learned to love it.  Now, decades later, I'm doing the same stuff I've always done for friends and relatives, informal side work and personal use into a business.  I'm not quite ready to give up my day job, but maybe . . . some day.  In the meantime, as a way to document my work for reference and maybe gain a little web presence, I'm going to try to maintain this blog.




How do you like my new cards?

Wish me luck.