Refinishing, Restoration & Repair

Furniture restoration is an art. A furniture repair craftsman must use a great deal of ingenuity and possess a fair amount of basic woodworking and cabinet making skill. This is one place in today’s world where craftsmanship still counts. Our lead craftsman has over 30 years of experience repairing and rebuilding furniture.  Rarely does a situation arise that has not been encountered before. In an area where experience counts, we have it.

Repair

Care Counts

We use all the latest adhesives and techniques, but resourcefulness and experience make all the difference. No one repair is ever the same, from a simple re-glue to a rebuild, or a duplication, each job must be done right, and made to last. From a broken dresser drawer guide to a complete re-veneer of a century old church door, our repairs are guaranteed to last. Broken and missing pieces can be reproduced in every detail, offering near invisible repairs.

The Stripping Process

Modern and Safe

Sanding wood after stripping is a must, this is where the finishing process actually begins. The quality of the finish is only as good as the quality of the prep work! The more time and effort put into preparation, the better the finished piece. Our statistics show that 75% or more of the time required to restore a piece after stripping is spent on prep time before finishing.

Our sanders employ a combination of modern power tools and good old fashion hand rubbing, to achieve the smoothest surface possible. This is the point in the process where nicks, gouges, scratches, and liquid damage all must be addressed. Working through a progression of different “grits” of sandpaper, a piece of furniture will go through as many 5 separate sandings to achieve a proper surface. The quality of the finish starts with the attention to detail from the very first step!

Sanding

It's All in the Details

Sanding the wood after stripping is where the finishing process really begins. The quality of the finish is only as good as the quality of the prep work! The more time and effort put into preparation, the better the finished piece. 75% of the time spent restoring a piece is spent on prepper before finishing.

Our sanders employ a combination of modern power tools and good old fashion hand rubbing, to achieve the smoothest surface possible. This is the point in the process where nicks, gouges, scratches, and liquid damage all must be addressed. Working through a progression of different “grits” of sandpaper, a piece of furniture will go through as many 5 separate sandings to achieve a proper surface. The quality of the finish starts with the attention to detail from the very first step!

Finishing

Time Tested Methods

After all the prep work is done, it is time to begin the finishing process. There are two reasons to finish wood: to protect it and to bring out the beauty. Stains help bring out the beauty and finishes such as lacquers, varnishes, urethanes or paints protect the wood.

Staining by hand with high quality stains and hand-wiping gives unmatched clarity and brings out the natural wood grain. Proper application of stain and knowing how much grain to open and close can make or break a job before finish is ever applied. Many factors create the wood tone and hue that make up the overall impression of color. Species, grain, age and lighting are some of the variables that affect your perception of color. Custom finishing builds color from background to final shade in stages. Having an item that is the color you want to match against will bring the best results

From paint to clear, satin to gloss or flat, it takes a special person to be a finisher. Why would anyone put on an absolutely perfect coat of finish only take about half of it off again, then do it again and again and again? Hand rubbed finishing creates depth and clarity and brings out the true beauty of wood. There are few places left that still use the old ways.

Combining modern finishes with high solid content lacquers, shellacs, varnishes, and old-fashioned hard work, Tobin's can do it all. Very few manufacturers do hand rubbing. The ones that do are well-known and charge a premium for the quality finish. Because Tobin's does custom finishing, we can apply damage-resistant finishes and still use hand rubbing techniques.

Caning

Art and Craftsmanship

Caned chairs are not only nice to look at, they are also very comfortable to sit in as well. There are many different styles and types of materials that fall in the category of caning; hole cane, pressed cane, fiber rush, danish chord, binder cane and splint. Unfortunately, they do wear out in time and require replacement of the cane. With typical use, a well caned chair should provide 20+ years of use.

The art of caning takes years to learn and a lifetime to master the various materials and patterns. We offer a complete line of caning replacement, second to none! In addition, we also have a full line of materials and supplies for those who are interested in doing it themselves.