Commercial door image enhancement.

We were asked to improve the look of some internal office doors at a local business. The office floor was busy so we had to respect the employees by not creating too much noise, ordure and inconvenience of putting doors out of commission. Especially the bathroom doors! Some of the doors had damaged and missing corners that would need filling. And a lot of the doors had serious cross grain damage. See below the before and after photos and our customer review.

 

10/10 Cathy Stone Summit Electric Supply Some of the doors in our building were in need of lots of TLC. Mark came to our place of business during business hours and made the dents and scrapes go away without disturbing any of our employees. Many of the employees commented they didn’t know he was there because he was so quiet and considerate. Thanks for the great job Mark! Mark and Furniture Medic are fantastic!!!

Cathy Stone Summit Electric Supply

 

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Precision repair using epoxy putty.

This buffet foot was damaged during a recent move. Unfortunately the piece that broke off was lost in transit. The repair was completed On-site which meant the item could stay in the customers home meaning that would not be without it and prevented further damage by having to move it back and forth from a workshop. We were using Mohawk epoxy putty that was sculpted to the shape of the missing piece. We then added color and grain to make it blend in with the wood around it. The whole repair took under one hour to complete.

See our customer review and the before and after photos and  below.

10/10 Glenda Lemasters Mark Ryan is a skilled and competent craftsman. He is knowledgeable about the requirements for maintaining wooden furniture in this climate and did not hesitate to offer advice that will help me do so. Mark did not mind my observing him and asking questions — I learned something today.
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Trunk Restoration, back to bling!

Although our customer’s trunk was in relatively good condition the brief was to make it look pretty and glossy! There were precision repairs using epoxy putty fill techniques to the corner edges and a large crack to the top. The metal corner and edge protectors needed the old finish removed; we then added an Antique gold bronzing powder to give it the pretty pop that the customer wanted.

Read our customer review below;

10/10                     Joanne Carter

Mark is a real perfectionist, and you can tell he enjoys what he does. He completed my work inside of schedule. He renewed a beautiful old trunk of mine and it is now used as my coffee table and everyone comments on how beautiful it is. Thank you

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Precision Repair of dented corner

We were called out to a home that had small but noticeable problem! A large high end stereo speaker has been knocked over and the corner edge was damaged. This was very noticeable as you walking into the room.  Using our on-site burn in fill repair techniques we were able to repair the dent to pre loss condition. Read our customer review below;

10/10

May 18, 2016

Mark did an excellent job repairing our chipped speaker. Additionally, he was timely and very personable. I like that he fixed the speaker onsite and in a short amount of time.

 

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When you just can’t find that part!

A customer broke the leg of her buffet whilst moving. The leg was too severely damaged it was beyond repair. So the only option was to replace. However it was an unusual size, the length was 11″ and the only pre-made replacement leg that could be found was 10″ in length. So Furniture Medic by Bespoke Restoration set about manufacturing a replacement that was 11″ long. We were able to remove and reuse the existing hardware and stained and finished the leg to closely match the original leg.

 

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Broken dining room chair

Recently a customer brought in a dining chair that was part of a set. The seat had split in two and a few of the stretchers and a back support had come loose. A replacement would be very difficult if not impossible to find so they brought it to us. We were able to glue it back together and save the chair from the fire wood pile and save a families dining room set.

See blow for our repair photos and the review our customer left us.

10/10 Stacey Van Laanen Work done in a timely manner, excellent craftsmanship, fair pricing.
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Moving damage repair and refinish.

During a recent move a drawer cabinet and bookcase were damaged. The drawer was chipped and dented along the top edge and the bookcase that was handmade by the customer had liquid damage to the top and left side that stained the finish. Using precision repair techniques we were able to repair the drawer and by stripping and refinishing the bookcase we were able to bring it back to the pre-loss condition. Here is what our customers said;

10/10 Robin & Alan Everything about the experience was excellent. Communication, arriving on time for appointments, and of course the work was outstanding.
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Colonial tiger oak table restoration.

Our customer had inherited her childhood family table. She explained that it was brought to New Mexico on a Conestoga wagon. The table was certainly showing its age and had significant damage to the finish after being stored in a garage for many years. The wood had shrunk leaving a noticeable gap where the table leaf joined and the finish has been removed down to the raw wood in many areas. We were able to fill the table gap by cutting a strip section off the leaf and utilizing that piece to bridge the visible separation, when the table top was in the closed position. We then stripped the top and stained and refinished the pedestal base to match. As a cost saving measure rather than fully refinishing the table base we were able to image enhanced the base as it was not as damaged.

See our customer review below;

10/10 Marian Hand Mark was so easy to work with and he restored a family table that came to NM on a covered wagon, and made it look amazing!
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Spinning wheel restoration

 

One of our customers wanted to get her spinning wheel restored. The front leg had broken off and two of the wheel spindles were also broken. We set about adding a dowel to the leg and had to actually lengthen the spindles so they could be glued back into the wheel. See the before during and after photos of the restoration process.

Below is our customers review;

Lois Vostral 10/10

Mark was direct, realistic and he accomplished what he said he would do. His estimate was accurate. His workplace was clean and organized. His workmanship was exemplarily. Thank you, Mark!!

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Furniture TLC Article- We were featured in the Albuquerque Journal!

Furniture Medic by Bespoke Restoration was featured in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday December 13th.

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Furniture TLC: Fine wood pieces needs a little extra care in New Mexico’s sunny, arid climate

By Rosalie Rayburn / Journal Staff Writer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Just like your own skin, New Mexico’s fierce bright sun and arid high desert climate will leave your fine wood furniture craving moisture.

The state’s dry air and extreme temperature swings can cause tables, chairs and chests to shrink, warp and crack, especially pieces manufactured in tropical Asian locations or those used to more humid parts of the U.S.

Luckily, furniture experts can recommend ways to help ward off those unsightly blemishes. And the furniture world has its own equivalents to those anti-wrinkle creams that are designed to revive the youthful bloom of your sun-damaged skin.

Furniture restorer Mark Ryan of Furniture Medic by Bespoke Restoration sees a lot of problems like wood surfaces that look like alligator skin, poorly glued joints and joints that become loose, and splits and cracks in wood that has been exposed to the dry climate.

He also sees a lot of pieces that have been marred by white rings or dark stain marks in the finish.

Recommendations from furniture experts:

• Use a humidifier, especially in winter.
• Dust regularly and keep out of direct sunlight.
• Avoid placing furniture near a direct heat source.
• Use covers, coasters and pads to protect wood finish from heat or wet surfaces.
Prevention is the best approach, he said.

“Once wood splits you can’t put it back together. You have to fill the spot and it can always split further,” said Ryan.

That means keeping that nice dining table regularly dusted, protected from water spills and out of direct sunlight, which will fade the color, he said.

Ryan recommends investing in a humidifier. Winter time can be the hardest on furniture because homeowners turn on heating systems that rob humidity from the already arid air.

While summer brings high temperatures, the swamp cooler systems traditionally used to cool New Mexico homes can help put moisture in the indoor environment, he said.

The ideal humidity for any piece of furniture, according to the website of Los Angeles-based antique furniture dealer Lee Stanton, is between 50 percent and 55 percent.

A few other recommendations from Ryan and other experts: Avoid placing furniture near a direct heat source and use glass covers, cork or felt-bottomed coasters, trivets or natural-fiber tablecloths and pads to protect the wood finish from heat or wet surfaces.

Ryan is not a big fan of using furniture polish regularly, especially if the product contains silicone or petroleum distillates. He said they can damage the surface of the furniture over time. He prefers regular dusting with a soft, clean, lint-free microfiber cloth, chamois or cotton T-shirt.

If a piece has been neglected and there is a buildup of dust and grime, Albuquerque-based custom furniture maker Chris Sandoval of Artisans of the Desert recommends using a small amount of Murphy’s Oil Soap on a damp cloth to clean it.

Curt Westbrook, store manager at Woodworker’s Supply in Albuquerque, said Howard’s Orange Oil can also be used to remove dirt, grease and wax buildup.

Mark Ryan with Furniture Medic is a furniture restorer works on a Lyra Table base for a client that was broken in move in his shop on Dec. 03, 2015. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)
Mark Ryan with Furniture Medic is a furniture restorer works on a Lyra Table base for a client that was broken in move in his shop on Dec. 03, 2015. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)
“This will remove them without damaging the finish,” Westbrook said.

After cleaning, Sandoval recommends letting the surface dry for a day then rubbing lightly with a piece of super fine grade #0000 steel wool in the direction of the grain.

Howard’s Restor-A-Finish or Feed-N-Wax can be used to help restore the original color and luster to the finish.

Sandoval and Stanton favor using a paste wax polish once a year, twice if it’s a heavily used item. Sandoval said it’s important to follow the instructions provided. Choose a wax that is close to the color of the furniture item.

Prepare the surface by rubbing lightly with super fine grade #0000 steel wool and work in the direction of the grain.

Use a super-fine Scotch Brite pad to spread the paste evenly, working with the wood grain. Let wax set for not more than 20 minutes, then use a clean Scotch Brite pad to remove excess wax, Sandoval said.

Furniture restorer Mark Ryan does some precision repair work on the base of a client’s Lyra style table. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)
Furniture restorer Mark Ryan does some precision repair work on the base of a client’s Lyra style table. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)
Use a soft lint-free cloth to buff the surface lightly until it feels smooth.

Sandoval uses Liberon’s paste. Westbrook said other waxes such as J.E. Moser’s and Briwax are also suitable. Westbrook warned that most waxes contain solvents so it is important to work in a well-ventilated area and to wear gloves and a mask when applying the products.

Clapham’s Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish is solvent free and also safe to use on wooden kitchen ware, Westbrook said.

It’s important to remember that cloths used in these processes are at risk of spontaneous combustion. Sandoval said they should be allowed to dry completely then either discarded or washed.

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