Covid 19 Protection

I am taking the following actions to make sure that there is no potential for spreading or getting the Covid 19 virus while working on your furniture. I am in a high-risk group due to my age and health so I am asking that you take precautions as well to assure that the virus does not pass between us.
I am maintaining proper social distancing at all times and washing my hands or disinfecting between any interaction outside my home or with other people.
Whenever possible, please bring your furniture to me and pick it up when complete. I will ask you to unload the furniture and leave it on my driveway and I will pick it up and return it to my driveway for pick up. As always I will send you a written receipt via email with the cost as soon as I review your prices. I will leave your piece covered for three days before I do any work on it and I will leave it covered for three days before pick up. Throughout this process I will be wearing gloves and a mask.
If you cannot bring the piece to me I will follow the same process when I pick your piece up and deliver it.
For the next few weeks at least I will not be doing any minor touchups in your home. If you have a broken recliner or other piece that requires immediate repair, I will come out for that. In that case I will be wearing a mask and gloves at all times and you must remain out of my work area and maintain proper social distance at all times.
Please do not request that I come out for a house visit if you or any of the others in the house have an illness of any sort, even if you have confirmed that it is not the virus. I will not be able to help you at this time.
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    Is there a service call fee?

    While I try to avoid or minimize service call fees, there are some times where they apply. If I have to spend time opening up your piece, say a recliner, to determine the issue before quoting the repair there is a $40.00 fee to do this. If I have to make a trip to your home to determine what parts to order before I can make a repair there is also a $40 - $60 fee to do this.

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    What are your delivery charges.

    Depending upon how far your are from my shop the pick up and delivery fee varies from free if you are within 10 miles up to as much as $100.00.

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    Is your work guaranteed?

    My workmanship is guaranteed for 12 months from the date of payment. I cannot guarantee the materials purchased to do your job beyond that of the manufacturer. There are times when original replacement parts are not available

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    How do you charge?

    Whenever possible I will give you a fixed price to do the work before you authorize me to start. If I have to make repairs which are relatively unique to your chair – for instance a broken frame on a couch – I work at an hourly rate but I also provide my best guess as to the cost before I start the work.

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    Can you provide me a price from pictures I provide?

    I can give you a ball park estimate but I do not provide afirm quote without seeing the piece first hand. There are often subtle details not visible on the photo (through no fault of yours) that can make a big difference in the work required to make the repair.

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    What types of repairs don’t you do?

    I do not do any upholstery work other that the small amount needed to make repairs to your upholstered piece. I can recommend companies who can help you with that work.

    I do not refinish large table tops or other big pieces of furniture. My Prius is my truck and it defines the size of a piece I can refinish.

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    Can you repair scratches and dents?

    Yes, within limits. If the scratches are shallow and do not penetrate the original finish I can usually polish them out. It they are deeper, I can touch them up which is usually satisfactory on the sides or edges.

    But deep scratches, or other more severe damage on table tops are a challenge and will always be slightly visible unless the entire top is refinished.But I can makea big improvement at a fraction of the cost of refinishing the entire top.

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    What does restoration mean?

    Antiques and older pieces require more care than the repair to a broken chair leg because much of the beauty is in the wood, workmanship and finish of the piece. Careful selection of woods and grain are required if any replacement parts are needed. Unless severely damaged, I try not to strip and refinish a piece, and then I try to use the original finish materials. As a rule, less is better and usually a good cleaning, touch up and re-fresh of the existing finish works wonders. Hardware may be very difficult or impossible to replace. As a rule, less is better and a good cleaning, touch up and refresh of the finish will makea great difference.

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    What should I use to protect my furniture?

    1) Wipe up all liquid spills immediately. Water or wine sitting on the surface for more than a few minutes (even 5 minutes) can be too long on some finishes. Then clean the area (if the spill was something other than water) with plain water and dry thoroughly. Use coasters, not napkins, under glasses.

    2) If you must put a plant on the table, put the pot on a ceramic plate that is absolutely water proof. To water the plant, take the plant off the plate and water it somewhere else. Let the pot drain thoroughly and wipe to bottom before returning the pot to the plate.

    3) Clean off food and other spills promptly – do not let the goop dry on your piece; it may stain the finish.

    4) Hot plates, irons etc will discolor your finish – use pads or better yet let nothing hotter than room temperature sit on the table.

    5) If you use nail polish or nail polish remover, plan on ruining the finish (it will spill), or use it on a table you do not care about.

    6) There is nothing better than a room full of sunshine, but its bad news for your furniture. Although it takes month or years, the sun will fade and ultimately destroy the finish. Any really valuable piece should be placed where it gets only indirect sun at the most. For the piece under the window, wax it frequently and hope for the best. If you put a table cloth on it, make sure it covers the entire top. If you don’t, the finish around it will fade but not the finish under it and you will see it difference when you remove the cloth.


    Forced air heating is great too, nothing like a nice warm room on a cold day. But it dries your furniture out, and this can lead to weak joints and warped pieces. Less of a concern that the sun, don’t put your nice antiques right over or too near the heating vent.

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    What should I use to clean and protect the finish?

    I recommend cleaning your furniture with a cloth dampened with a light mixture of dish soap and water. Use a little elbow grease - never solvents - to get off grease and other things stuck to your furniture. Then wipe with a clean moist cloth to remove any soap residue and dry thoroughly. Water won’t hurt if you do this quickly and dry it quickly – 5 – 10 minutes maximum. Do this as needed.


    Then use a carnuba paste wax (available at good hardware stores). Wipe it on, let it dry a few minutes and give it a good buff. I put a pair of old heavy socks on my hands and give the piece a good massage. It will glow, and repel water. Do this at least every few months. Furniture oils may make your piece look nice, but the dust builds up in the oil and as it dries it leaves a nice grey film on your piece.