How to repair a broken ball claw dresser leg

How to repair a broken ball claw dresser leg thumbnail

This dresser’s leg was broken off, and has had possibly numerous repair attempts. There are gobs of “Gorilla Glue”, which is bad – very bad. There are almost no continuous wood fibers left in the break, which makes the repair quite complicated. The key to a repair on a leg, is that it has to […] Read More

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How to repair a bed post which has had the side rail ripped out

How to repair a bed post which has had the side rail ripped out thumbnail

This bed post is broken in a very common way. There is a lot of stress at the connection between the bed side rail and the bed post. The side rail has two hooks at the end of it. These hooks go into the slot on the bed post, and hook over two rods inside […] Read More

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How to convert an antique Full size bed to Queen size

How to convert an antique Full size bed to Queen size thumbnail

Converting this turn of the century Victorian bed from Full to Queen size was definitely fun.  I post a lot of projects here, but I’d make a note that not all beds can be converted in this way.  This particular bed just happened to be a candidate due to its design.  When converting a bed […] Read More

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How to craft a new back splat for a Mahogany chair

How to craft a new back splat for a Mahogany chair thumbnail

Chairs break in many ways, the most common of them being the stretchers at the bottom. Less commonly broken are the center parts of the back. There are many different chair designs, all of which have their own features. Three very well known designs are the Windsor, which has vertical spindles in the center of […] Read More

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How to repair a Tea Cart foot that’s missing wood

How to repair a Tea Cart foot that’s missing wood thumbnail

This is a fairly common problem with pieces like this little drop-leaf Tea Cart.  The two steering feet have casters in them so they can rotate 360 degrees, and because of this, it’s a high stress location.  Even if we had the piece which was broken away, it wouldn’t be a reasonable repair to simply […] Read More

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How to fix a broken coffee table leg – the correct way

How to fix a broken coffee table leg – the correct way thumbnail

We see a lot of broken furniture, and to be fair, we’re in the business of restoration, so I suppose that’s par for the course. What we also see a lot of, are incorrect repairs. If you search the internet for “how to fix a table leg”, I’ll bet you find tons of methods that […] Read More

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The case of the poor kitchen drawer

Broken Silverware Drawer

We pride ourselves in being a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all furniture restoration services but I wanted to take a moment to show you just how far we’ll reach to help out someone in need.  So what if it’s not a chair leg or dining table top? The call came in around 9 am… Me:  “Lauer Furniture, […] Read More

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The correct way to repair a broken chair stretcher

broken chair stretcher

I see a lot of bad repair jobs come through my shop and most of the time, the furniture is here to have the repair repaired! I thought I’d publish an article on correctly performing a very common repair on a typical chair – a broken stretcher. I’ve seen repairs using everything from sheetrock screws […] Read More

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Painting furniture – Should I use latex or oil paint?

Painting furniture – Should I use latex or oil paint? thumbnail

I’m addressing this question because it comes up rather often from our customers.  “I’m painting a piece of furniture in my home.  What type of paint should I use?  Oil?  Latex?  What’s the difference and which is the right choice for my project?”  While this is not necessarily a difficult topic to cover, it is […] Read More

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1800’s Cupboard gets a facelift

1800’s Cupboard gets a facelift thumbnail

Here’s an early 1800’s cupboard made from solid walnut.  Walnut is a very traditional, very ‘American’ wood and this cupboard wears it quite nicely.  This piece was missing a door and needed to be completely restored.  It had little original finish to preserve and needed some significant repairs.  One of the most challenging tasks of […] Read More

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