As furniture ages, many of the glue joints become dry and loose. In order to maintain the structural integrity of each piece they must often have re-gluing done to tighten joints. This is especially true of items such as dining room chairs and desk chairs.
The Village Woodsmith re-glues at least 250-300 chairs per year. We are proud to say we have never had one returned. We take the chairs apart, replace any broken dowels and then re-glue under clamps for at least 24 hours to insure a strong bond of the joint. These chairs are now better than when they left the factory and are ready to give you many years of continued service.
Stripping Furniture for Refinishing
When it is necessary to strip furniture we will make ever effort to sand off the old finish. If this is not possible because of trim or design we then have it stripped using the "Overflow Method." We never submerse a piece of furniture into a vat of stripper. This is disastrous to the furniture.
We use the overflow method because it is the most effective way to strip furniture with out having to dip it. There is a continuous flow of stripper being re-circulated over the piece while a soft brush head is scrubbing away the old finish. This is the only chemical method we use.
Office and Conference Room Furniture
Your office furniture and fixtures say a lot about how you run your business. Water rings, scuffs, gouges, faded finishes, and worn, creaky joints may not have anything to do with how your company performs, but may have everything to do with how it is perceived. When your desks and chairs, tables and woodwork begin to show the inevitable signs of daily wear and high-traffic use, your carefully-cultivated image may suffer.
Waiting Room Furniture
The Village Woodsmith can help ensure that your office environment projects the professional image and standards of your company.
Many shops do not offer touchup service. Good touchup work requires a great deal of experience and skill, every bit as much as what is necessary to refinish something completely. There are many businesses who offer touchup service, but do not do refinishing. Since we are skilled at both Refinishing and Touchup, you can be assured that we will provide an objective assessment regarding which approach is best for your items.
Please check out our before and after work:
The Village Woodsmith restores and repairs damaged wood furniture and antique furniture. We provide services for furniture types ranging from jewelry boxes & chests to book cases, credenzas and conference tables.
We are a licensed, bonded, and insured furniture repair and restoration business. We have many years experience working on furniture, usually pieces passed down through families. We are also a graduate of the only school of its kind in the United States for furniture restoration and repair.
America West Airlines
Eddie Bauer, Inc.
Graebel Van Lines
Mayflower Van Lines
United Van Lines
Wheaton Van Lines
Care and Tips
Proper maintenance, furniture repair, antique restoration & antique refinishing will ensure its longevity. While there are countless products and remedies available to care for various types of antiques and wood furniture, many will often damage or greatly shorten the lifespan. Please consider our tips to ensure your furniture looks great and lasts generations.
Tips To Care For Your Finish:
The way you care for your finish depends largely on what kind of use the item will receive, and what your objective is that you want a product to help with (e.g. for dusting, or for scratch protection). Wax and oil polish treatments can be beneficial to furniture, by improving shine and scratch resistance. They also make cleaning and dusting easier. Unfortunately, makers of these products often make ridiculous claims about what their product will do. The most common of these bogus claims made are by products that claim to be "finish feeders," or say the product "feeds and nourishes" wood or finish. The claims of feeding & nourishing make the using of a particular brand sound more urgent and necessary, and also encourages more frequent use so you will need to keep buying more of it. The fact is, the purpose of a finish is to seal the wood so that nothing can penetrate it, and this is how you want it. The wood under the finish is very dry, and this is also as it should be. Don't confuse the shine that a product adds and believe there is any feeding and nourishing involved. The oil or wax provides a thin barrier that gives you scratch protection, and usually improves the shine. That is all it can do. Keeping your furniture away from strong light and physical abuse is the most important thing you can do to protect your furniture.
Things to Avoid:
Strong light, especially sunlight
Strong light causes colors to fade, and will cause finish deterioration faster.
No finish is scratch proof. Glass is not scratch proof and there is no finish harder than glass. Avoid behavior of usage that will scratch the finish.
Certain Solvents such as nail polish remover can seriously damage a finish on contact.
If left against a finish directly or contained in its wrapping material will cause damage similar to nail polish remover
Plastic tablecloths and placemats are fine to use if they are removed after use. If left in place for an extended period of days the plastic material may begin to react with the finish, causing damage. Vinyl covered books can do the same thing.
Heat and Steam
Place nothing from the stove or microwave on the finish except raised above it on trivets, or with the protection of heavy duty custom table pads. Heat and steam can penetrate hot pads, tablecloths or towels, so these are not always adequate protections. Do not place hot pizza in the carry- out box, or paper plates with hot food on them against the finish for the same reason.
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Use no product
This is certainly the first way to consider, especially if it is an item we just refinished for you or it is a new piece that you own and have not used anything on it yet. If the item is not subject to heavy use where the added scratch protection of a polish or wax might help, then your care duties can be made simple Use a very lightly damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth for dusting. Use a little mild soap like Ivory liquid with water to remove fingerprints and other grime. Always wipe dry. We can recommend this method for the furniture that we refinish because we apply several coats of our finish, and it is a very moisture resistant coating. This would work as well on many other newer furniture finishes, but you should always find out what the manufacturer recommends. Some finishes may be sensitive to water and this method should not be used. This method would not be advised on any older finishes or antiques with original finishes.
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The Village Woodsmith
1711 West Rose Garden Lane,
Phoenix, AZ 85027