The TV show "Antique Roadshow" on PBS has instilled the idea that repairing, refinishing, or restoring a piece of antique furniture diminishes the value. So, let's take a closer look at this myth:
Each of our restorations, repairs and refinishes are specific to each individual piece. When asking for a quote, you will need to specify what process you would like done. Due to the uniqueness of each project, it is impossible to give you an exact quote. We work on each of these specialties for a material cost, plus our hourly rate. However, with over 20 years of experience, we can give you a fairly close range of what it should cost you.
When it comes to antiques, there are several aspects of the job that need to be considered. First, let's define the difference of each of these processes:
Note: LaRue Woodworking does not use or recommend the process of Dip Stripping. In its true sense, dip stripping involves dipping the piece in a chemical bath that will remove the finish and patina. In some cases, it even weakens the glue holding the piece together. Consequently, the veneering may peel, the joints will swell or break apart, and the moisture in the wood will be drawn out. This makes it extremely brittle, and the piece usually has to be completely rebuilt. All for a cost greater than the piece is actually worth.