seldom will I take a picture someone has handed me and just duplicate
it, for I can usually improve upon it. What I have been doing for the
last 20 years is so varied that I really haven't done the same thing
twice but one must remember that no one design is original but builds
on what has come before."
"Do's and Don'ts
of Furniture Repair"
"Do's and Don'ts of
New Design furniture"
• Do save all the little broken pieces and bring
you, even if I only use them for a
pattern, I can
usually epoxy them together (space age adhesives
• Don't try to nail or screw a joint or dowel, all
do is break or weaken it, making it more
difficult to take
apart without tearing or breaking other portion
• Don't use hot glue on a joint, it doesn't hold and
makes it almost impossible to clean up.
• Don't use yellow glue either, it doesn't adhere
to old glue and just messes up the tenon or dowels
even more, making it harder to clean.
• Do call me before throwing out a favorite piece, I
saved many a
piece for years of use to come.
• Do use wax to help clean your furniture, dirt and
moisture are #1 enemy not wax.
• Don't strip a piece, sand away the finish, and
expect it to look like an antique. I usually
on a piece that has been stripped by someone else. I
work with a lot of
rubbing oils, waxes, shellacs to
maintain that look.
• Do bring me your chairs or furniture when you
them starting to wiggle. If you wait
wiggle right into a broken leg or cross piece.
• Don't expect a piece to be as strong as new, but
the most part
I can repair so that it as at least as
even more so.
• Don't spend a lot of time trying to draw up
that's what I'm for.
• Do spend some time really thinking about what you
want this piece to do for you and how it will compliment
• Don't be limited in what you want the piece to
by what you have seen or know of, I ask you to go
the box if need be and let us discuss it. That's
part of the
• Do know the measurements of and what you want to
put in a drawer or on a shelf. We need to figure what
things will fit into after you take in account
thickness, drawer glides, etc.
• Do be aware that material cost are the smallest
fraction of a project; so if you change from oak to
instance, it would probably only add approx.
10% to the total cost
of the project.
• Don't get hung up on hardware selection, allow me
make the selection or recommendation. I may even
want to build
the hardware if it is the right compliment.
• Do remember that wood is just that, no finish will
protect it from excessive moisture. If you need water
may want to use plastics, marble, manmade
marble, or something
similar to protect sensitive areas.
• Do remember furniture is to be used and you can't
forever. We just need to design and use it so
it is allowed
to wear and grow old gracefully..
Sample types of
furniture include, but not limited to:
- Dining table, entertainment centers, computer stations, beds,
wardrobe, sideboards, hutch, coffee table, end table, night stand,
library, bookshelves, work stations, bunk beds, file cabinets, kitchen
cabinets, office desk, writing desk, bench, wainscot, mirror frames,
mantles, fireplace surround, plant stands
• Commercial - Display fixture, checkout stand, cashiers
center, receptionist center, conference table, computer center, work
station, kiosks, bookshelves, file cabinets, library table, coffee
table, book drop, desk, teller's station, benches, cabinets, work
counter, case goods, coffee bar.
It's hard doing business with an elf, you have to look at drawings
and imagine what the elf is seeing, give money with no product in
sight, then wait 2 days to 2 months for work to be complete... but
the piece is made
just for you. It takes a special person and I appreciate
On new furniture - Generally 50% upon acceptance
with signed contract and balance upon delivery.
Repaired furniture - Due to the hidden nature of the
problems here, the best I can do is give low and high estimate
plus material costs. A down payment is usually not required
unless it is a very large job.
Shop time - $20.00 minimum charge.
Visa and MasterCard
Most of my work is in a 100 mile radius of Winfield, Kansas.
Cities included are, but not limited to:
Arkansas City, Wichita, Wellington, Hutchinson, Cedarvale, Sedan,
Eldorado, Augusta, Independence, Derby, Oxford, South Haven,
Caldwell, and Howard
Oklahoma - Ponca City, Stillwater, Pawhuska, Enid, Tulsa,
NewKirk, Blackwell, Bartlesville, and Sand Springs
I am not limited to these areas. If you have a project that needs
personal attention please call and let's discuss it. I'm an
individual not a corporation!