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Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Questions Answered by Expert Eileen Cronk

SubjectDate Asked
vintage smokers table1/12/2016
  Q: I have a vintage smokers table I found and am trying to restore. My question is where would I look ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is not something you can just go and purchase. It will be a hunt for ...
Estate Sale8/29/2015
  Q: I'm going to an estate sell next week and would like for you to look over these thumbnail pics and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You asked "see if anything really stands out". Yes , I will answer this but ...
What types of furniture, wood items should I collect from auctions, estate sales etc.7/27/2015
  Q: I am new to buying and selling "antiques" mostly picking up items that I can refinish and/or repair. ...
  A: I like your question. I live in Canada and can tell you how it is here but its likely no different ...
tigerwood dresser help???7/17/2015
  Q: I am trying to refinish this dresser in the picture it looks great I just cleaned it, But after a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a lovely piece. No panic on the white "blushing". There is a product ...
three tiered pie crust table6/29/2015
  Q: I have just acquired a three tiered pie crust table (dumb waiter) and have no idea how it could be ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These lovely tables are so versatile. Use it in any room of the house. Think ...
Sanitizing wood6/26/2015
  Q: I just bought an old house with beautiful wood cabinets in the kitchen. They look wonderful with a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes first try a hair dryer to soften these tiles. If that fails, you may need ...
Roos chest key6/23/2015
  Q: Someone accidentally locked the key inside my (Ed) Roos cedar chest 5078. It was a couple of inches ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes for sure a locksmith will open your chest. Also get him to make a second ...
Iron bed frame6/12/2015
  Q: We recently bought a house, and the previous owner left an iron bed with bed springs in one of the ...
  A: I don't know where this question got to but I only now received it. So sorry. The answer to your ...
Gunlocke chair5/11/2015
  Q: I recently came across a beautiful hardwood chair at an antique mall and fell in love with it. Once ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes, I agree this is a very nice chair. While the picture is not great, it ...
berkey and gay dining table4/25/2015
  Q: I have a mahoganey ball-and-claw foot dining table, which was given to me by my grandparents. I'd ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Looking at the picture of the leg, I see the corner pieces on each side of ...
E.R. Cedar Chest4/12/2015
  Q: I just acquired a cedar chest that is marks E.R. CO Forest Park, Illinois. Its all cedar with the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. My this is a lovely Ed Roos cedar chest. Here is an article I found for you ...
cedar chest problem3/28/2015
  Q: we have a 70 year old cedar chest that has crack in the bottom that extends from side to side. the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Don I think that filling a 1/8 crack like this would be fine. Best case would ...
Drexel chest of drawers and tall dresser3/8/2015
  Q: I am in the process of sanding a Drexel dresser and chest that have been in our family for ever. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are correct its veneer, and a very thin layer. Now that you have started ...
Knechtel Furniture2/7/2015
  Q: I have a Knechtel Furniture table and chair set (February 23, 1982 and 2884 Walnut are stamped on ...
  A: Yes, The date of manufacture will be as indicated on the table and the 2884 could be a color code ...
E. H. Stafford school desks1/30/2015
  Q: I recently received two of these desks with the request to "bring them back to usability" for two ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Spray paint with metal primer, then a metal spray paint. If you are not ...
furniture refinishing1/22/2015
  Q: I love refinishing furniture as I find it relaxing. What are the do's and don'ts as far as what to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Although I find its getting harder to find cheap good quality old wood pieces ...
Vintage Baby Item12/23/2014
  Q: Eileen I recently purchased the vintage baby item shown below. I have searched extensively online ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Years ago I had something similar for my baby (many years LOL) We called it ...
replacing tambour cloth11/15/2014
  Q: I have several pieces of furniture that my grandpa built and the cloth is falling off the slats. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If these slats were attached to cloth, they did not go in one at a time. ...
chifforobe questions (with photos)10/10/2014
  Q: I was given this chifforobe from a friend 2 years ago. I had high hopes of restoring it because the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes, the finish they put on this lovely piece ruins it. While I'm not an ...
China cabinet side panel water damage9/30/2014
  Q: Well I guess everyone has heard this story. I purchased a 100 year old Hernden China cabinet and it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The wood that is bubbling is called veneer. It is very thin wood glued over ...
Hoosier9/29/2014
  Q: I have a Hossier cabinet pat. date 1909.three doors on top 2 with glass in door.1 glass was broken ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You likely know that you can go to most any hardware, building supply or ...
Red dye stain on walnut8/14/2014
  Q: I recently purchased a primitive walnut cupboard that has a red finish. After trying a stripper and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a fresh link to the stripper I use but there are other brand names of ...
armless sewing rocker8/1/2014
  Q: On 7/14/2009, you gave advice to someone about repairing and refinishing an antique armless sewing ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Jim I have always maintained that a piece of furniture properly stripped with ...
old plow7/23/2014
  Q: I have an old plow that I'm told is dated back to the late 1800's to early 1900's. I have the whole ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is out of my expertise but I can tell you that I go to a lot of auction ...
Cavalier chest7/12/2014
  Q: I inherited an antique Cavalier chest from my great aunt when she passed about 15 years ago. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. As with all our old things, condition is the number one factor in the selling ...
Antique Dresser7/8/2014
  Q: I have an antique dresser which has stamped on the back centered: 902-211 MARTHA WASHINGTON SINGLE ...
  A: Nice to hear from a fellow Ontario girl. Martha Washington is a style of furniture. The real Martha ...
Cavalier Cedar Chest7/5/2014
  Q: I have recently acquired my mom's old cedar chest and am wondering about restoring it myself. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I get asked this question a lot. I can only tell you what I have experienced ...
Refinishing a Cavalier Cedar Chest6/24/2014
  Q: I have a 1950's walnut Cavalier cedar chest. The top is scratched and the finish overall is very ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are very wise to do some research before deciding who to choose to ...
Removing paint stain from cherry?5/29/2014
  Q: I have a solid cherry Stickley breakfront/china cabinet that was in excellent condition until ...
  A: Nice to hear from you Oh dear, I just did the same thing myself today while moving furniture around. ...
antique trunk5/13/2014
  Q: I recently bought an old trunk at an auction. It needs a good cleaning and it needs new straps and 2 ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Please see this site. http://www.brettunsvillage.com/trunks/ It contains ...
Repair of Spool Cabinet4/24/2014
  Q: We purchased a 2-drawer oak spool cotton cabinet, John Clarks, at an auction recently. The top ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Any such I have seen had felt. No harm in using leather but it may be harder ...
theater seat4/8/2014
  Q: First off thank you for taking your time to possibly help me with my question. A friend of mine has ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a lovely old piece. I did a Google image search for you looking for ...
tiger stripe oak coffee table4/5/2014
  Q: I purchased new, a contemporary-style tiger-striped solid light oak coffee table, made by old ...
  A: I was sorry to hear you were not in agreement with my answer to your question. I wish you had read ...
Ebonised oak monks bench3/17/2014
  Q: Could you advise me on how I can renew the above..I wish to restore the wood to its natural finish ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If you are wanting to remove the dark stain, the only way to do this is by ...
keystone hoosier cabinet3/12/2014
  Q: I have a keystone cabinet just like the one that you answered a question for a lady named Beth. Mine ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is the link I have for Hoosier parts. ...
!940 Lane cedar chest1/24/2014
  Q: Eileen. I recently acquired a 1940 Lane cedar hope chest. It has some damage, the veneer around the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You have some options as to what can be done with your chest. First you ...
got a caviler chest1/8/2014
  Q: hi my nana gave my girls a chest and it has a side drawer that u can hide stuff in i turned it over ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. While this is out of my line I can tell you that here in Canada these chests ...
Type of wood10/12/2013
  Q: I'm considering buying a Northern Furniture Sheboygan WI 5 drawer dresser with skeleton locks on ...
  A: Not sure I see a question here but researching the company will not tell you what type of wood the ...
bedroom set8/10/2013
  Q: I have an old bedroom set(bed, 2 dressers, large mirror and 2 nightstands) of my parents from the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry I never got this question yesterday. My PC was down. Have you ...
dresser8/4/2013
  Q: I have a dresser I got at a flea market in Los Angeles a few years ago. Was wondering if you could ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These dressers are very common. Lots around. Veneer faces on the drawers. ...
style/era of trunk?7/10/2013
  Q: Me and my fiancee recently bought a storage unit and found this old trunk. We can't seem to locate a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I love these old trunks. Used to have several but they went to the kids. Of ...
Northern furniture company dresser7/1/2013
  Q: I bought a dresser at an estate sale this weekend and would like to know a little about it. It says ...
  A: Heres what I found for you about the Northern Furniture Company. Northern Furniture Company ...
rocking chair6/7/2013
  Q: I have a small rocker, with a tag on the removable chair seat that is printed/typed "westfield ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Flying blind without a picture, but rest assured this is not an antique. Most ...
mahogany association5/31/2013
  Q: I was just given a table that was my grandmothers, it has Mahogany Association #184. I wanted to ...
  A: Please see my answer to this question. Also in my opinion, furniture made of this wood is tops. It ...
Mersman table #4857 I-25/11/2013
  Q: How much is this piece worth? What is the best way to refinish ?
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here are the complete instructions for your job. As the table has been ...
Engraved Box5/2/2013
  Q: I have a lightweight wooden box with a woman and flower carved on the top. The inside is lined with ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a you tube for you to watch. It will explain all about Flemish ...
decorative wood box4/23/2013
  Q: Could you please tell me what this box was intended to be used for.The wood dividers are ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a really nice box. I have never seen one nicer. My first thought was ...
Cavalier chest lock4/19/2013
  Q: I would like to install 1 back in. Any help to find this part would be greatly appreciated. Thank u ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The original lock could have been removed because the owners feared kids ...
Learning how to Restore4/9/2013
  Q: What advice can you provide to someone who wants to learn how to restore furniture? For example, I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The type of repairs this chair needs require more than basic skills so you ...
Dresser3/29/2013
  Q: I just bought a 9 drawer dresser. Underneath the dresser it sais it's a Cavalier brand in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Personally I like to restore to the way it was and not paint. Its just a ...
Antique Buffet3/18/2013
  Q: I'm looking to buy this awesome buffet that the seller claims is 100 years old. The condition is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Lets face it, a piece of furniture that has lasted 100 years must be pretty ...
older style sideboards and buffet and hutch3/4/2013
  Q: I have two pieces of older kitchen furniture. One is a Buffet and Hutch made by Knechtel Furniture ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These numbers on the buffet hutch are not the date. The other piece is what ...
E.H. Stafford MFG. Co School Desk2/5/2013
  Q: I recently obtained an antique E.H. Stafford school desk for $30. I plan on restoring the wood and ...
  A: Well it looks to me like someone has already messed up the wood. You have 2 choices..leave as is and ...
Repair of split drawer bottom in an antique bureau.1/29/2013
  Q: A friend recently asked if I could repair a drawer from her son's bureau. I took on the job sight ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You will in no way devalue this piece by repairing the drawer. In fact its ...
question about refinishing a table1/27/2013
  Q: I recently found a round top mahogany lyre style coffee table with 4 legs and little metal feet. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You will not devalue this piece with a proper refinish. But a proper refinish ...
Looking for some info1/13/2013
  Q: I'm just looking for some info with regards to the attached picture of what I beleive to be a vanity ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I love these. What you have is an Art Deco "style" waterfall vanity. The ...
old wood furniture1/6/2013
  Q: I have a 70 year old wooden child's rocker (girls), that is scratched and the carvings are dusty ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would simply give the pieces a cleaning with soft rags and mineral spirits. ...
Antique statues12/30/2012
  Q: Don't know if you can help us no experts are in art painting. We received three old larger ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is totally out of my area but I can certainly give you my thoughts. And ...
Anthes-baetz furnityre company12/25/2012
  Q: i have here at home a set of furniture from the baetz co. It was given to me by my grandparents 30 ...
  A: Your English is fine. Unfortunately this furniture (most of it), is quite common but thats not to ...
Larkin Desk12/24/2012
  Q: although I don't see any stamps or identification. Do you know what style it may be or any details ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I had such a desk. Its beautiful. Yours is oak (solid oak,not veneer), it has ...
cabinet11/3/2012
  Q: i got the cabinet from a family friend. I dont know anything about it. I would like to know maybe ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a bit out of my line but I'll tell you what I see from your picture. ...
Eastlake chairs.10/8/2012
  Q: I recently bought these two chairs at a garage sale. The lady and her husband that were selling them ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The chairs are certainly East Lake Style. Too bad the caning is gone. Unless ...
Keystone Cabinet9/21/2012
  Q: I recently purchased a cabinet at a antique store made by the Keystone Cabinet Co. of Littlestown, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes this type of kitchen cabinet is called a "hoosier". I am including a link ...
refinishing a cedar chest9/7/2012
  Q: I purchased an old cedar chest. It had some deep scratches in the top and the protective finish was ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Personally I would use tung oil even though you are going to use the chest as ...
wood to avoid at flea markets9/5/2012
  Q: I love to get old furniture at flea markets or @ shopgoodwill.com. In your profile it said you could ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a great question and I'm happy to share some tips (as advertised), ...
Bassett Co. Chair? Table?9/1/2012
  Q: just wondering what this piece of furniture is actually called and what is it designed for. It is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I found out from another expert here a while back that this table is called a ...
Antique Plates8/17/2012
  Q: I am a student working for Habitat for Humanity and we recently were donated about two dozen ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The plate on the left is the "tudor Rose" pattern. I have the whole tea set ...
antique high dresser-age and wood type?8/14/2012
  Q: I have no idea how old it is but it has locks on it, curved faces on drawers and horizontal wood ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a lovely old piece. The wood is called quarter sawn oak or tiger oak. ...
Furniture8/1/2012
  Q: I have tried to research this on my own, but to no avail. Would you know where the offices of the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Heres what I found for you. Seems they closed in 1983. Guess thats why we ...
plaster frame7/24/2012
  Q: In perfect condition. Bought in Europe in 1972. Approximately 32x40 inches and very ornate. It ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These old frames are hard to clean. Many have discolored from years of smoke ...
Stiehl 1930 mahogany secretary7/23/2012
  Q: I have received a secretary (mahogany, 4-drawers below tilt down desk and cabinet above. It was ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gosh what a shame this has happened. The cat scratches will be easier to fix ...
tea cart7/22/2012
  Q: I forgot to attach pictures. Sorry.
  A: This is a nice little server. Looks in pretty good condition but if you want to refinish it, no harm ...
Child's rocker7/15/2012
  Q: I bought this child's rocker because it reminded me of the one my sister had when we were kids. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Very sorry you lost your Sister. A question back to you first. Are you happy ...
glass insulators7/11/2012
  Q: I have a 5 gallon bucket full of green and clear glass insulators. When were these things used and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What an interesting question. Totally out of my field of fixing old things ...
Paint removal from slag glass7/4/2012
  Q: hope you can help. I bought an antique Sellers Hoosier cabinet...sadly someone painted the 3 caramel ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is the stripping info with the type of stripper you must use to remove ...
vintage rocker6/25/2012
  Q: I bought this old rocker from a roadside Barn sale this w/e. My husband did not want to pay $25 for ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I certainly would have paid 25 dollars for this chair. Good buy. Its lovely. ...
an appraisal6/24/2012
  Q: i have a er roos cedar chest.it has a veaner top and claw shaped legs no claws though. it has a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I love these old chests. Can't tell you the age but if I had a picture it ...
difficulty removing paint6/1/2012
  Q: Eileen, I hope you can help me with a project I started 10 years ago. It became a nightmare, and I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you Three things come to mind reading this. First, the type of stripper you are ...
antique dresser5/16/2012
  Q: I have recently acquired an old antique 2 over 2 dresser with wooden casters and tack-like nails. I ...
  A: Good question. Heres my opinion. If this is a piece I am going to keep and use I want it looking ...
Dining Set by Herspeler Furniture Co5/14/2012
  Q: we acquired a very well made dining room table with 6 beautiful chairs. There is a stamp saying it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Listen to Hubby on this one..Its as good as it gets. There will always be a ...
antique plow5/12/2012
  Q: Is this antique plow worth anything?
  A: Nice to hear from you. Very unusual old piece. I believe its a seeder. Is there also a plow blade ...
Damaged art deco desk5/10/2012
  Q: I was wondering if you could shed a little light on whether it is worth restoring an art deco desk ...
  A: Nice to hear from Australia. This type of work should be left in the hands of a professional ...
Restoring an art deco wardrobe4/23/2012
  Q: we are in the process of working on a waterfall style wardrobe chifferobe, and a dresser. We have ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What an interesting piece. I'll answer your questions in the order asked. ...
Refinishing a pie safe3/26/2012
  Q: I am refinishing a pie safe for a customer and she would like the inside selves done. I hesitated to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. As the paper is only going to add character and is of no value, I would seal ...
pic 4-73/24/2012
  Q: Here is another one.
  A: Four so far at least. This Picture shows the veneer damage. In this case, the entire piece of veneer ...
Birds eye maple furniture3/24/2012
  Q: I have a complete birdseye maple bedroom suite that is turn of the century old. The veneer is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First off, this sounds like a lovely set. Birds eye maple is wonderful IMHO. ...
Furniture Help3/21/2012
  Q: I recently saw this piece of furniture for sale for $85. I am considering buying it and trying to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have seen many of these lovely old china cabinets. This is a vey good buy ...
antique or not3/18/2012
  Q: I am being offered this dining set for $200 - it does need some repairs/restorations but I'm very ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would snap this lovely set up for 200 dollars any day. Very nice old set. ...
picture3/9/2012
  Q: oops, I forgot the picture.....
  A: This is certainly an antique rocker. The wood is oak. The chair is from the turn of the century. A ...
chaise lounge3/8/2012
  Q: I have similar question about an antique chaise lounge I'm considering purchasing. I haven't seen it ...
  A: This is called a "fainting couch". From the picture its difficult to tell age but it is a nice ...
Learning About Collectibles2/18/2012
  Q: I use to have a book that gave info about what were considered collectibles, how to find them, and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Its great that you are interested in old things Sallie. There is a huge ...
Play pen2/8/2012
  Q: I have a 51 year old Edison baby playpen that I used for 4 children. The bars are closely spaced. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes, I have a suggestion for this wonderful project. Go to an upholstery ...
Historical Documents?2/2/2012
  Q: I was hoping you could direct me to someone who might be able to share their thoughts and expertise ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Oh my goodness, as it turns out, my hubbys first cousin (then a child), ...
Antique Walnut Table1/19/2012
  Q: Cronk, I was given an antique walnut table that is in very poor shape: some small pieces of the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a table I would most definitely fix. Not because its valuable (around ...
wood identification question1/15/2012
  Q: I have acquired an old desk, the previous owner had it as a little girl (she is now in her 60s) and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I'll bet the piece across the front is the only section that has this coarse ...
5 drawer dresser with moth ball smell11/22/2011
  Q: How do I get the smell out?! I bought a 5 drawer dresser at a garage sale and just love it. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Fresh air and ventilation is the key to eliminating the odor. But before you ...
cedar chest11/16/2011
  Q: A customer of mine had me refinish this cedar chest. It is so unique in design I was hoping to find ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Wish I could have seen this chest before it was refinished. Did you happen to ...
Vaneer on antique furniture11/7/2011
  Q: I have a bedroom suite about 80+ years old. it has an old desk hutch and make-up table that at one ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes there is a way to remove this finish and redo your pieces. A bit time ...
removing OLD MASTERS stain from antique student desk11/7/2011
  Q: I have aquired a rolltop student desk and chair that is approximately 60 years old. It, at some ...
  A: Not sure if it was your question previously but I think it was. The procedure for this job is the ...
looking for year it was made and can i get a key for it11/4/2011
  Q: i just bought a lane cedar chest at a auction trying to find the year it was made and if its ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The lock on your cedar chest will be replaced free of charge by the Lane ...
staining cane10/28/2011
  Q: I have 4 pecan dining room chairs that need to have the backs recaned. The only cane that seems to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Stain will only work on cane if there is no finish on it. Sounds like your ...
Antique Leather Rocking Chair10/25/2011
  Q: Eileen, My wife resently bought a self storage building. In it we have an antique leather rocker. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well in my mind the chair is certainly worth reupholstering but what you will ...
Gov. Winthrop Secretary10/15/2011
  Q: I have lost the key to my locked Gov. Winthrop Secretary Desk. It has a drop down desk with a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You ask "what type of barrel key You could find that might unlock your desk". ...
Pump Organ converted to desk10/9/2011
  Q: Is there any way to determine if there is value to an Estey pump organ built in 1888 that has been ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I can tell you that your pump organ desk is worth a lot more than your pump ...
table10/8/2011
  Q: I just purchased this table it needs a little work..just wondering what u think i should do to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a great piece. It is called a drop leaf, gate leg extension table. It ...
Simpons Supremacy Cedar Chest10/1/2011
  Q: I have a cedar chest with the above name on it The inside is perfect but it needs some outside ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I live in Ontario too. To answer your question, "Is the repair and ...
film on furniture7/1/2010
  Q: I have several pieces of Kittinger furniture bought 30 yrs ago from a 90 yr old relative. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sounds to me like a buildup of wax and grime. I have had this with my own ...
Lex Chair Co dining table6/26/2010
  Q: I have acquired a dining table which I intend to refinish for resale. It is in the "modern" style ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes the 58 very likely means your table was made then. You do not apply a ...
Old sea chest from Dundee6/10/2010
  Q: I have finally been able to bring my old seaman's chest upstairs in good light to have a thorough ...
  A: This chest sounds fasinating. I suspect there was no regulation size for a seamans chest except that ...
L. Hitchcock chairs6/7/2010
  Q: How can I remove accumulated soil and restore lustre to our L Hitchcock chairs which are maple(?)and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Use a soft rag dipped in mineral spirits (called varsol in Canada)to clean ...
Antique Club Chairs6/2/2010
  Q: I am about to recover some antique club chairs. It is a King and Queen set that was made with nails ...
  A: Sorry for such a short answer previously. I was running late LOL..but thats no excuse. Scott, its ...
genuine mahogany5/25/2010
  Q: I recently came across a nightstand and saw a label on the bottom of the drawer. Its a mahogany ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The label tells us that your table is made of real mahogany. If it "needs" ...
skeleton key locks5/20/2010
  Q: How can I make a skeleton key for any antique lock that I have? Are there any methods you can ...
  A: Nice to hear from you with this unusual question. You cannot make a skeleton key unless you have the ...
roll top desk repair5/16/2010
  Q: I own an Oak Creek rolltop by Riverside and drilled a hole in a slat on the top by accident---how do ...
  A: Sorry for the delay in getting to you. The PC was out of commission last night. This is an easy ...
veneer5/10/2010
  Q: i found an old "buffet" the top layer of veneer is not glued down on the back corner and has a wave ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. All we can do with this type of damage is glue the veneer back in place. Use ...
Maddox Mahogany Secretary Desk5/4/2010
  Q: I purchased a Maddox Mahogany Secretary Desk and the thin wood on the glass doors is coming off and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. As long as you have all the pieces (if any are totally off), the veneer can ...
Can't find Strikeplate5/4/2010
  Q: Ms. Cronk Please find enclosed pictures of our breakfront with secretary drawer.. We purchased it ...
  A: It could very well be that something like this will fit your desk. ...
Lane Cedar Chest4/28/2010
  Q: I am in the process of refinishing a chest for my mother-in-law. It is labeled 'Lane Colonial ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is some important info about the lock on your Lane Cedar chest. It comes ...
antique Iron bed4/27/2010
  Q: I have a single iron bed with round rails that fit in place with rounded ends, being it's round ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes, these round rails were made for a spring to sit on so you heard right. ...
Old seaman's chest4/20/2010
  Q: I have an old seaman's chest - English oak, and made sometime between 1840 and 1860 in Dundee, ...
  A: Nice to hear from Down Under as we call Australia. This will be a great project. In a lot of cases ...
old choir chair4/18/2010
  Q: This chair has come apart but I have all the pieces but one dowl on the back. It is also missing the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I must be honest and tell you its will not be worth it to have someone ...
Refinishing Cushman table?4/13/2010
  Q: I see you've already advised another inquirer not to sand when refinishing a Cushman piece. I also ...
  A: Nice to her from you. This table needs refinishing. That is a complete stripping of all existing ...
50's walnut veneer DR table and chairs4/12/2010
  Q: I read your advice for Mary about refinishing her veneer table top. I want to make sure I should ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Are you certain this table top veneer is wood and not arborite? If its wood ...
Kitchen cabinet refinishing4/5/2010
  Q: I just wanted to THANK YOU!!! I just finished a big job trying to save my kitchen cabinets. and ...
  A: What a nice letter. Thank You. Fifty one cabinet doors..OH BOY!!! Down the road you can freshen the ...
antique bed springs3/20/2010
  Q: I just ran across your need for old bed springs from 2008! Did you find what you need for your ...
  A: How nice of you to make this offer. Actually it was a questioner of mine who wanted the springs and ...
FRENCH PROVINCIAL??3/17/2010
  Q: can you tell me if this is French Provincial? If so, do you know the style or name of it? I know ...
  A: Sorry for the delay in answering this for you but it seems the site has glitch. I only received ...
paint removal3/12/2010
  Q: what is the best way to remove paint from veneer without losening the veneer from the underlying ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Removing paint from veneer is no different than removing paint from solid ...
piano stain3/9/2010
  Q: I acquired a 1796 John Loud piano made in England left to me in a will. I have piano service and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Oh my goodness keep the TSP away and the bleach right now. You cannot bleach ...
cleaning Hitchcock chairs3/6/2010
  Q: I don't clean them because over time I have tried to the stain came off the chairs. I only use ...
  A: Get a small can of mineral spirits (called varsol in Canada). Dip a clean rag in the spirits and do ...
antiques china cabinet glass2/25/2010
  Q: Please forgive if this is a duplicate, I did not get a confirmation that the first question went ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is not a duplicate question. Sometimes the site acts up LOL. What a ...
cleaning dinning table and chairs2/23/2010
  Q: My parents bought a dinning table and 6 chairs in 1977. So it is over 30 years old. The wood is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First determine what the finish is. It could be lacquer at this age. Get a ...
horse hair stuffing2/22/2010
  Q: We are interested in purchasing an antique couch that was recently reupholstered but the horse hair ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There is no cause for concern unless you are allergic to horses LOL But ...
aniques hope chest2/21/2010
  Q: I just received a solid cedar hope chest that needs refinishing on the outside. It is over most ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Before doing any staining, we must totally remove any existing finish. We ...
1940 lane cedar chest2/14/2010
  Q: i have a cedar chest that i bought at a garage sale for 35 dollars. there is a note on the tag on ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am in Canada and prices could be different but these old chests run ...
Replacing Tambour on Rolltop Desk2/13/2010
  Q: Eileen, I purchased a used rolltop desk (unknown manufacture) and the tambour is missing. I found ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well you certainly cannot get anything shorter than the 50 inches or it won't ...
Rush chair seat2/13/2010
  Q: I picked up an old chair I plan to paint the wood. The seat is made up of Rush woven into four ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes the Scotchguard treatment is fine. You can firm up these seats by ...
cleaning antique mahogany2/12/2010
  Q: What is the best way to clean (not refinish) an antique (over 50 yrs) solid mahogany desk? What is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. No need to use steel wool if you are afraid of scratches. Just dip a nice ...
antique oak bookcase2/8/2010
  Q: I have an antique oak bookcase with 2 shelves that belonged to my great aunt. I was told the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What you have is called a "barrister bookcase". Here are some examples to ...
lang cedar chest1/30/2010
  Q: I have A lang cedar chess made in 1941 with all the original paper work it is about 4 foot by 2 foot ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The condition of these old chests determine their value. Just the age alone ...
Mahogany Dinning Room Table1/24/2010
  Q: I have a Mahogany Dinning Room Table that was my parents. I think it is a 1940’s vintage set. It ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Wish you could send a picture of the broken pedestal. I have never seen a ...
Mahogany desk1/24/2010
  Q: I am planning on refinishing an old mahogany desk. How old? I wish I knew. But I am concerned about ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Most of the damage I see when folks attempt to do it themselves comes not ...
Brass or Bronze finish1/21/2010
  Q: How would I clean a brass or bronze finish? I have an item with a metal finish that needs to be ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. When you say you don't want to devalue the piece I assume this is something ...
Lane Funiture end table1/17/2010
  Q: I have a Lane Furniture end table the style number is 914-05. It has had some normal wear ans tear ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am sending you the refinishing info. INSTRUCTIONS FOR STRIPPING FURNITURE ...
Iron Bed Rails1/16/2010
  Q: I have an old iron bed which I bought at a garage sale with no research...tsk tsk, nor was it set ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The only safe way to do this bed for a toddler would be to simply attach the ...
bedroom furniture1/12/2010
  Q: I have an old bedroom suite that I was trying to find out when it was made. It was given to me, and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a bit out of my area but I'll tell you what I can. The design of this ...
Damaged Chippendale Chair1/5/2010
  Q: Our dog had surgery recently, felt trapped downstairs, and chewed the back of one of our Chippendale ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a shame this has happened. Its unusual to see a full set of 10 chairs ...
armoir (suit)1/4/2010
  Q: I have an old armoire (1902 B%berkey%26gay) it has some damage on the back bottom from getting wet ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This piece currently has little value if any. Get this moldy back off and ...
changing the tambour on a roll top desk1/2/2010
  Q: I know i need to remove the top,but there are only 2 screws that I see. the name of the desk is a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Removing these can be tricky. But it went on so it must come off. A lot of ...
Larkin Co. Armoire1/1/2010
  Q: I was hoping someone could provide some guidance on a piece of furniture we recently bought at the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sounds to me like its possible you may have an oak piece from Larken which ...
Duncan Phyfe drop leaf table12/30/2009
  Q: I picked up a Duncan or what I believe to be one at a flea market, it has all the leaves is solid ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your table will be "in the style of Duncan Phyfe" and will not be de-valued ...
piano12/27/2009
  Q: i have an old richardson upright piano, some of the keys are stuck, and it hasn't been tuned in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These old pianos have little value and with the keys in this condition you ...
Last Forever12/24/2009
  Q: How do I keep somethings to last forever? Is there something that apply to all?
  A: Nice to hear from you. Because you asked this question in the "collectables/Antiques" section, I ...
Antique sofa12/8/2009
  Q: I have a tapestry antique sofa from the late 19th century with a wood carving along the bottom and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes, there's something you can do to make your lovely old sofa usable. You ...
Furniture Restoration12/6/2009
  Q: We recently got a china hutch from my husband's grandfather which was in a vacant house for many ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Before I bring any old pieces of furniture into my house to use, I like to ...
Tiger Oak Dresser12/2/2009
  Q: I am thinking of purchasing this dresser at an antique store. They say it is 1/4 sawn oak. Looks to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is indeed 1/4 sawn oak veneer dresser. Its called Empire style. If ...
Burns on Hoosier12/1/2009
  Q: I bought an old Hoosier which was primed grey then painted a light yellow. After we started ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Obviously someone used a heat gun removing an older finish and they scorched ...
Birds eye Maple???11/28/2009
  Q: I have just purchased an older (not sure how old it is) dresser that has dove tail drawers and is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Actually your dresser is not made of birds eye maple. It is in fact oak. And ...
removing legs of old cedar chest11/27/2009
  Q: I am trying to remove the legs of a 1965 Lane Cedar Chest #461001. They appear to unscrew but they ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Have you tried to remove the screws..is that what won't budge? Or are the ...
Berkey and Gay Furniture Repair and Restoration11/27/2009
  Q: Eileen: My wife and I inherited several pieces of Berkey and Gay Furniture that need repair and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gosh there should be no need to send the furniture very far. Just in our ...
french provincial bedroom set/ stipping11/25/2009
  Q: I hope you can help me, I have been told that the best way to repaint this type of furniture, is to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You have been told incorrectly. You never need to strip painted furniture to ...
antique wash basin cabinet?11/25/2009
  Q: I have a wood cabinet that has a marble top w/ a large marble back on it. The back has two rounded ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What you are describing to me is a marble topped wash stand. Is yours similar ...
1908 Birds eye maple Cadillac Desk Table11/18/2009
  Q: Cronk - this lovely desk is in good shape. It has that beautiful golden glow you would expect, and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Unfortunately these dark spots mean the finish has broken down and allowed ...
Refinishing Walnut Veneer Table Top11/16/2009
  Q: Eileen, I have an antique walnut table. I am sure the table top is a veneer. The previous owner put ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Wasn't that man a riot? What a wonderful sense of humor. And yes you would ...
mahogany11/15/2009
  Q: Would it be worth it for me to keep a Mahogany Association Inc. small coffee table? it's numbered ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Personally I treasure real mahogany furniture (which your table is if it ...
RE: Macey Bookcase11/7/2009
  Q: I was wondering if you could help me understand the best way to clean an oak bookcase from Macey. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the bookcase is really grimy (you can scrape crud off with a fingernail), ...
Lane Cedar Chest10/28/2009
  Q: I recently purchased an old Lane Cedar Chest at an estate sale for $6! The interior is in great ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First of all you must determine if the lock on your chest is a recall. Please ...
bed rails10/24/2009
  Q: I have my Grandmothers iron bed. I made the mistake of loaning it out and did not receive the rails ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a shame. Your only hope is looking for replacements in antique stores, ...
Antique Oak fireplace mantle10/18/2009
  Q: I have an antique oak fireplace mantle which was painted white. I have had it stripped down to bare ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes you are correct. Dark wanut on old oak does not look right. I like mixing ...
Antique school desk10/13/2009
  Q: I need to replace the seat and back of an antique cast iron leg and wood seat/back school desk. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a miserable job. I did one of these a few years back. It was my first ...
bench seat repair10/4/2009
  Q: ...I have a vintage solid oak bench from the early 1900's. Out of necessity, it was in storage for ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a shame this has happened. Not only has the wood cracked but one board ...
Mother bedroom set refinishing10/4/2009
  Q: I have my mothers bedroom set its from United Furniture corps. it is solid Mahogany it is a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Heres what I think as you asked. By the way not to many folks ask me what I ...
Antique twin beds10/2/2009
  Q: At Round Top Texas, I purchased two carved maple twin beds that I believe are from the 19th century. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Just so I'm clear here..do you know if you can get proper fitting matresses ...
repainting furniture9/29/2009
  Q: I have a 1970's Thomasville kingsize bedroom set that needs repainting. Paint on the mirrors strip ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This older furniture is well worth keeping and updating with some fresh ...
mahogany duncan phyfe style chair won't take stain9/28/2009
  Q: I believe they are mahogany. At some point in their life, somebody tried to stain over the existing ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Kathy I could help you so much better if I had a picture of a chair but just ...
Refinishing antique mahogany table9/22/2009
  Q: I recently acquired my Mom's old Duncan Phyfe dining room table. It has three leafs with it. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Repairing the top will depend on wether its solid wood or veneer. I am ...
black coloring in wood9/22/2009
  Q: I just recently picked up a bookshelf from an antiques store. After my purchase I discovered, on the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the wood is black and it cannot be rubbed off, this is not a problem Mold ...
Tiger Oak stain9/16/2009
  Q: what is the trick for getting a good contrast between the light and dark stripes on quartersawn ...
  A: What did I miss in your question to deserve a 4 for knowledge. You asked "what is the trick for ...
Cleaning claws on a duncan Phife table9/13/2009
  Q: How do I clean the claws on a Duncan Phife Table. I am refinshing the table. the claws appear to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I usually rub the metal with fine steel wool. Sometimes the metal will not ...
larkin desk9/12/2009
  Q: I recently aquired a larkin desk that is painted black, and in need of repair.The desk top folds ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Go ahead with your restoration. How lucky you are to have the skills to do ...
Antique sleigh restoration9/11/2009
  Q: I am trying to restore an antique sleigh. It has some gold leafing on it that is flaking off.Does ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In all cases where we repair these wonderful old items, the idea is to ...
Roos Cedar Chest9/10/2009
  Q: Do you know where I can get replacement parts for a Roos Cedar Chest? This has been in the family ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If I had your chest in my shop I could easily duplicate the missing trim. ...
Antique sewing rocker?9/9/2009
  Q: I'm going on a mission trip next month and I'm doing fundraisers to raise money so a lady gave me an ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am in Canada and we always called these rockers "Nursing Rockers". Mother ...
Semi-refinishing an antique chair9/8/2009
  Q: I have what I believe is an oak teacher's chair that is in excellent condition with the original ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What you are suggesting is not possible. But its certainly possible to change ...
Old Dresser9/7/2009
  Q: I have a great old dresser which I have tried to strip down. The top appears to be a bird's eye ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Do not attempt to sand the paint off this dresser and mirror. The paint will ...
removal of hot glue9/7/2009
  Q: I've gotten hot glue on the top of my dinning room table. Any ideas on how to remove it??
  A: Nice to hear from you. I get a lot of hot glue on my table LOL. Big gobs come right off if we apply ...
wicker rocker care9/7/2009
  Q: ..I purchased a Victorian style rocker with the thought of placing a plant on the seat in my ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes it would prolong the demise of the chair if it has a protective finish of ...
veneer replacement8/24/2009
  Q: I have inherited a games table with a rotating top, that my grandfather made. When the top is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. With this type of floating table top you should replace the veneer on both ...
Bookcase8/20/2009
  Q: How are you? Recently I purchased for $10.00 a bookcase that to this untrained eye seems to be ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Great buy. This piece actually needs no restoration that I can see only a ...
Pressed Back chairs8/17/2009
  Q: I recently bought these two chairs at a garage sale. The paper tags on the bottom read "North ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am just a short way away from Owensound where your chairs were made. ...
cedar chest with broken back leg8/15/2009
  Q: I picked up a lane cedar chest whose back leg has 2-3inches missing. Is the best way to repair this ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Thats almost the correct approach but I would use a dowel to connect the new ...
EastLake era Dining Room?8/11/2009
  Q: We recently rescued a great table and chairs that was being tossed out. All joints are tight but ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Of course you are correct that this is not "East Lake style" furniture. This ...
Identify Chairs for restoration8/5/2009
  Q: I purchased 2 chairs at a garage sale that I would like to restore but before I touch them I am ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I see you live in Canada and will likely know what I mean when I say these ...
old chairs8/3/2009
  Q: I am cleaning out my basement and came across a few old chairs that may have belonged to a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These old oak chairs are from a set of dining room chairs. Usually one of the ...
Restoration8/1/2009
  Q: I have an old cherry drop leaf table. On the underside of one of the drawers there is a comment ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. OK..if this is not a joke its still pretty funny but I'm up in Canada and we ...
Mahogany table.7/31/2009
  Q: I have a problem. I bought a mahogany dining table about 40 years ago from an elderly lady who had ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It will be quite costly to have one of these legs duplicated in a wood shop ...
oak dresser7/30/2009
  Q: I bought this dresser because I loved the look of the wood (I've removed a door to glue it). I know ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What you have here is a quarter sawn oak veneer bow front sideboard from the ...
Find marking7/29/2009
  Q: I'll try not to take up to much of you time. I was just wanting to know if you could tell me the ...
  A: Take as much of my time as you want LOL..thats why I'm here. And your question is an interesting ...
TV7/27/2009
  Q: I normally use Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes and Windex wipes. on my new one, will they be safe on a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Never use these wipes on anything wooden. I assume your new TV is plastic so ...
very old split rail fencing7/23/2009
  Q: I have collected a pile of very old split rail fencing in good shape from my farm. I use it for ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am in Ontario Canada and there is certainly a market for split cedar rails ...
antique couch7/21/2009
  Q: I have an antique couch. I am not quite sure how old it is. It has curved, carved wood. S shaped ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This has happened in our house too LOL. This type of "liquid spill" should be ...
Polish7/20/2009
  Q: Eileen- this is a follow up to the answer you gave me a few weeks back on cleaning the Cushman ...
  A: Nice to hear from you again. Its best to use a good paste wax (like Bri-wax), on fine antiques. For ...
treenware bowl7/19/2009
  Q: My father died last Christmas and last week I received a wooden bowl and two matching tools. They ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Great letter. A finish was not applied to wooden implements and bowls. ...
cedar chest restoration7/16/2009
  Q: I bought a 1952 Lane Cedar Chest, but it has a musty closed up smell. I have tried sanding the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Use 120 grit paper and give the wood one more sanding. Then use a mild ...
antique sewing rocker7/12/2009
  Q: My mother recently gave me her grandmothers old sewing rocker... (circa 1880). It has been hanging ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. They make a wood resin to fill areas of rotted wood. I think the area should ...
Settee7/11/2009
  Q: I did some work on a antique wooden Settee that my wife found at a garage sale. It was missing a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The seat will be similar to this. ...
Furniture cleaning7/6/2009
  Q: I have several pieces of Cushman furniture from the 1950's. I'd like to give them a cleaning. When I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The brown was not finish. The proper way to clean this furniture is with ...
Bassett Dining Furniture Circa Unknown7/6/2009
  Q: I was given this set and I would like to know what year it was made? I tried to find it online, but ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Good grief, why would anyone paint this lovely mahogany veneer dining set. ...
cedar chest7/4/2009
  Q: I bought an old cedar chest at a yard sale. It has been painted! What is the best way to remove ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Removing paint will not damage the underlying wood. It no different than ...
ice cream maker6/30/2009
  Q: I just read one of your replies regarding cleaning the wooden part of an old ice cream freezer. My ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The steel wool is a good idea but you can use 120 grit sandpaper to go over ...
fabric6/29/2009
  Q: is there something I can use to clean the fabric, its from the 1940’s.
  A: Nice to hear from you. If you go to the cleaning section at the hardware you will see spray cleaner ...
To paint...or not6/29/2009
  Q: I recently purchased an old Lane cedar chest on legs. It's a "blonde" piece, I'm guessing from the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First off, this chest will likely have a locking device that has been ...
Berkey & Gay history - Joseph Heyda6/28/2009
  Q: Joseph Heyda was a master wood carver at Berkey & Gay, Grand Rapids, MI, around turn of century. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. How very interesting to have this heritage. While the question is totally out ...
reupholstering a danish coach6/22/2009
  Q: I am reupholstering I believe a danish coach from the 60's/70's era. When I took off the fabric ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This powdery stuff will be foam that has degraded. I have seen this very ...
early 1900's dry buffet finish6/18/2009
  Q: I have a dry buffet from the early 1900's. It looks to have a veneer finish on the top, solid wood ...
  A: Nice to hear from a fellow Canadian. If the color has come off where the water was, the top of the ...
Is item fixable or not?6/17/2009
  Q: I am pondering buying a set of nighstands. The seller says they are Dixie, made in the 1940s or 50s ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Very nice night stands. Very easy project for you to do. The veneer on the ...
Hardware on old locker6/17/2009
  Q: I bought this piece of furniture a few months ago. (I believe its an old storage locker from a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These hinges are still available today. In fact they are quite common so not ...
Cavalier Cedar Chest6/15/2009
  Q: I was given a cavalier Cedar Chest in 1975 from a friends grandmother. All I know about it is that ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here are my complete instructions for doing the job. INSTRUCTIONS FOR ...
dayola6/14/2009
  Q: I have a small chest that was constructed of pieces from some other piece of furniture. There is a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What an unusual question. I really have my thinking cap on here LOL. I am ...
E.D. Roos Cedar Chest6/13/2009
  Q: I have a Roos Cedar Chest that probably was purchased around 1942-1944 in Toledo OH. There are a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It sounds like the top of the chest will need to be refinished. Possibly ...
refinishing maghony.6/8/2009
  Q: I have been given a whole maghony dinning set tsble chairs china cabinet and buffet. the problem ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There are several products out there that claim they are made for exacyly ...
ROOS CEDAR CHEST6/8/2009
  Q: MY WIFE & I PICKED UP FROM THE SIDEWALK A ROOS CHEST BECAUSE IT EVIDENTLY DID NOT SELL AT A YARD ...
  A: Great find and certainly worth the effort of a bit of work. You likely know that before you do any ...
taylortot stroller6/6/2009
  Q: dear eileen we have ataylor tot strollerin very fine condition we are taking it to antiques roadshow ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I personally don't have an idea of the value of these but I read on line ...
1948 Waterfall cedar chest6/3/2009
  Q: I was able to bring my Mom's cedar chest home and upon closer inspection, it is indeed a 1948 Lane ...
  A: First the veneer must be repaired. A good carpenters glue will glue it down but if you don't feel ...
Refinishing Lane Cedar Chest6/2/2009
  Q: I inherited my mother's Lane cedar chest (not sure how old it is as of yet.) There is surface damage ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First check to ensure the lock has been removed. Read this ...
Sears Roebuck Furniture5/31/2009
  Q: I have my grandmother's desk a wedding present I believe when she and my grandfather married in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Certainly there are folks out there who would be interested in such a desk. ...
1948 cedar chest5/30/2009
  Q: I have acquired a 1948 mahogany cedar chest with a rounded top.It has been neglected for many years ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Lots of questions here. The interior smell first..Yes sanding will help ...
China Cabinet Backing5/28/2009
  Q: I have an old china cabinet which was inherited from my grandmother. I am attempting to refinish ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would guess your cabinet backing is some type of a masonite. Yes you can ...
Hoosier-style cabinet - identifying/refinishing5/26/2009
  Q: I recently purchased a hoosier-style cabinet and would LOVE to identify the actual manufacturer. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have to be the bearer of bad news LOL. There is no way I or anyone can tell ...
school desk5/26/2009
  Q: Original wood. It is marked e.h. stafford mfg. chicago. A no. 1 is on the legs. It has beautiful ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These are wonderful old pieces and we often see them used as planters or ...
taylor tot stroller5/26/2009
  Q: I have a taylor tot stroller dated 1956 and am looking to restore it. Can you tell me where I can ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Joe in todays world, these strollers would be banned for use. There is no way ...
Refinish bedroom set5/25/2009
  Q: Huntley set from Mother. What would you recommend about refinishing the set. What kind of wood is it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Personally I would never attempt to remove this finish. While it appears that ...
Antiques from Malaysia5/25/2009
  Q: We have been looking at several pieces of furniture at auction and have noticed an unpleasant smell ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In your heading you say "Antiques from Malaysia". Its could well be the case ...
waterfall style antique buffet dress and bed5/15/2009
  Q: In a recent move, our antique dresser and bed were damaged. The dresser needs to be re-veneered on ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Just going blind without pictures of the damage I can tell you this is costly ...
No Worries5/14/2009
  Q: i have used that acid before, in bleaching leathers. And i have the crystals. Just didin't know if ...
  A: This image (I found on line),is identical to my pail except for the handle brackets. My pail does ...
Taylor tot stroller walker5/13/2009
  Q: it is dated 8-48 (August of 1948) it still has a majority of its old paint on it, the paint is warn ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In my opinion, the minor imperfections you describe above only add to the ...
OLD wooden Ice cream maker5/12/2009
  Q: i recently acquired a wooden bucket ALASKA brand hand crank ice cream maker. It had only the one ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are correct. The oxalic acid will work on these rust rings. Clean the ...
antique desk chair5/10/2009
  Q: My husband came home with an antique wooden desk chair that he wants to refinish. The biggest issue ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the seat and back are in good condition and are not being removed, you ...
caring for unfinished wood4/27/2009
  Q: I just bought a beautiful unfinished wooden chest of drawers that I want to be an heirloom for my ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If you want this piece kept as an heirloom it must have a protective finish ...
Sun bleached wood4/24/2009
  Q: Parts of two pieces, one mahogany and one pine, have been bleached by the sun. Would application ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. While wood is not fed, we both know what you mean LOL. But the answer to your ...
80-90 year old table4/23/2009
  Q: can you tell me what wood you think this table is? It was my great grandfathers who was born around ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your table is made from quarter sawn oak. This is often called tiger oak. ...
wooden desk4/20/2009
  Q: I have a wooden desk that I set a hot cup of tea on, it left a white ring! Is there an easy fix? wax ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There are some home remedies that might work but mentioning them usually ...
seat replacement4/18/2009
  Q: I have an antique rocker that has a cut out seat. I stripped,repaired and restained the rocker, but ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is where to get the leather seats. ...
Iron bed with coil springs4/15/2009
  Q: I have a old iron bed frame and the coil springs that came with it, my parents purchased it in the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I think these beds are sought after but it depends on their age. Also the ...
Repair Curio Cabinet Doors4/13/2009
  Q: I have an old Cherry curio cabinet with wood and glass doors on the top half. The doors have 1/4 ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I know a tool. I use it all the time for this type of repair. Its called ...
Armoire Door Lock broken4/13/2009
  Q: I have an armoire door lock broken - internal male piece has broken off and does not 'catch' the key ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You can remove the locking mechanism easier than removing the door I'll bet ...
restore an old chair4/9/2009
  Q: I have an old chair with a sticker on the seat bottom that says From Penn Table Company, Harrington ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You say the chair needs to be restained which means it must be stripped of ...
Cleaning old used furniture4/9/2009
  Q: My husband and I bought some attractively priced old used furniture --one piece solid wood and the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would not use ammonia on furniture finishes. Wipe all the finished wood ...
Antique bed frames4/5/2009
  Q: I am looking to find a few of the side pieces for an antique metal bed. They look like a piece of ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I get asked this a good bit so a lot of folks are going back to these old ...
Old tan looking dresser with stain on it3/31/2009
  Q: I have a bedroom set given to me by my grandmother. I placed a plastic bag on top of the dresser and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I don't need a picture. You said it all LOL. I have had this happen on my ...
6 drawer dresser3/31/2009
  Q: I cam across a 6 drawer dresser. Solid wood, it has been painted. The back is stamped sea mist ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Any old solid wood painted dresser is worth stripping in my opinion. But I ...
warping of veneer3/23/2009
  Q: i have a drop-leaf gate-legged table and one of the drop leafs veneer has warped, or started pulling ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes this repair can be made but its tricky for the do it yourselfer. If you ...
iron bed rails3/22/2009
  Q: I have an antique four poster bed and when we moved, the movers lost the iron L bed rails. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. So sorry this has happened. These rails are out there but its going to take ...
wicker out door set 1920 value3/22/2009
  Q: I have a out door wicker set the couch the rocker and the chair from 1920 it was left out in the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Of course I don't need to tell you that the best way to protect wicker ...
Stripping Furniture3/21/2009
  Q: What products do you find the least invasive, eco-friendly that really work when you are stripping ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Stripping old paint from furniture is one of the messiest, time consuming ...
wood piece3/19/2009
  Q: was given old wooden 'art box' which has strong 'damp' wood smell and spots of whitish powder ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Wipe the box down with a mild bleach solution. About 1/4 cup of household ...
cleaning a blanket chest3/19/2009
  Q: I have recently purchased 1700 to 1800s blanket chest. It was obviously kept outside somewhere and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Good old soap and water after you have brushed as much of the bird poop off ...
leather tabletops3/15/2009
  Q: I have recently purchased several tables with leather over wood tops, sofa table, coffee table, and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. All thats needed in case of spills is a wipe with a slightly dampened cloth ...
Antique Dining Chairs - Leather seat / back3/14/2009
  Q: I am associated with a B&B in Mendocino County, California, USA. We have 12 chairs found in the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a link where these seats are available. This is a reputable well ...
Mission Oak Loveseat and Chair3/14/2009
  Q: Eileen, My set has beautiful oak wood that is in good condition. The pieces have drop-in seats that ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Joan I am far from being an upholsterer, but here is what I know. These 3 ...
restoring high chair3/2/2009
  Q: We bought this high chair at an estate sale. The lady said to use teak oil to restore it. Is that ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gosh this is a lovely old high chair. The wood appears to be oak or ash ...
cedar chest restoration2/26/2009
  Q: I have a few questions regarding restoring a cedar chest that I recently purchased at a yard sale. ...
  A: Here is some important info about the lock on your Lane Cedar chest. It comes from Greg Scholl here ...
Bent Iron Bed Rails2/26/2009
  Q: I have a full size wood 4 post bed that was my grandmother's. I don't know how old it is but I know ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In all my years this is the first time I have ever heard of these iron bed ...
What Style of Chair is This?2/24/2009
  Q: Eileen: My husband brought this chair home from an auction. Frankly, I don't know if I love it or ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gosh this is an unusual style chair. The condition of the covering tells me ...
removing original red stain from antique piano2/22/2009
  Q: I am refinishing the case on a 100 yr. old upright made of mahogany and walnut. It was stained with ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Pretty big project you have going there. My hats off to you. The Oxalic acid ...
sears catalog table2/19/2009
  Q: We have an old sears catalog table, I know you don't do appraisals but are these old tables worth ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes these old tables are worth selling..or you can give it to me and I'll ...
Refinishing a Mahogany Association, Inc. Chest-on-Chest2/15/2009
  Q: Greetings, and thank you for your kindness to address my question. As you can see my chest needs a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a lovely piece and certainly worth the effort of getting the drawers ...
Conant Ball/ Boston2/13/2009
  Q: HELP,HELP. I can find very little about this furnature manf. co. I rrecentely picked up a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Apparently there is not a lot of information out there about this company. ...
antique chair2/12/2009
  Q: The stuffing looks like coconut hair filling and I cant find anything but foam do you know if there ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This sounds like a great project. Any materials you require for this project ...
replacement of glass in door of old bookcase2/7/2009
  Q: I live in the northern most part of NYS on Lake Champlain near Montreal, next to VT. I am having a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Living in Ontario Canada its impossible for me to tell you specific business ...
buying furniture2/6/2009
  Q: MY HUSBAND AND I RECENTLY STARTED RENTING A BOOTH IN AN ANTIQUE SHOP. MY QUESTION IS WHAT IS THE ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Great question. I'll do my best with it LOL. The best wood to one person is ...
Refinishing2/4/2009
  Q: I have a large (56 x 20) antique dough bowl. It has no finish or patina. I do not know if it has ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would use the paste wax but remember that patina does not happen overnight. ...
Repair of my Duncan Phyfe sofa2/3/2009
  Q: One of the legs of my Duncan Phyfe sofa got cracked during delivery, I am very upset and sad. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have said before that I have never ran accross a piece of wood that could ...
old oak rocker2/3/2009
  Q: 1st of all THANKS. How do I remove the little metal squigly shims(?)or wedge that secures the tight ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. OK..just so I am clear on what you are trying to do. The chair is turned ...
Wood casters on wardrobe armoire1/29/2009
  Q: I have an antique wardrobe armoire. Only one of the casters is in tact. Where can I get new ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If you go to a place that does refinishing, they will provide you with ...
lane cedar chest1/22/2009
  Q: i recently purchased a lane cedar chest from the salvation army for 50.00 its in great ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The Salvation Army stores are great places to find older items. I go there ...
cedar chest1/14/2009
  Q: My granddaughter has been given a cedar chest that supposedly came cross country in a wagon train. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You will not devalue this chest by refinishing it. Here is some info about Ed ...
Spray paint on an old dresser1/12/2009
  Q: I have this dresser that I got from my in laws and it had been spray painted black. Just spray ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Black paint is the worse darn stuff to remove because of the mess. But if ...
refinishing tiger oad table1/12/2009
  Q: I have an old tiger oak end table that I brought to a striping service. I now have it to the bare ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First I recommend the table be put back together. This type of table ...
Flemish Art1/10/2009
  Q: I have A wood carving stamped on the back with the Flemish Art co. of new york #880. It also has ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I was asked a similar question some time ago and am enclosing my answer here ...
Does this table have a specific use?1/9/2009
  Q: I garbage-picked an adorable little table. It's about 2 feet high, 2 feet across, and slightly less ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What you suspect is absolutely correct. I have had several of these tables ...
lane cedar chest 19321/5/2009
  Q: I have a lane cedar chest from 1932. It need to be restored, but I was wondering if it was worth ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It is usually said that a piece of furniture must be 100 years old to be ...
Lane Cedar Chest1/4/2009
  Q: I have been given my Mother's Lane cedar chest, style 2968 serial #350121. 1950's. The top is a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your chest is likely veneer. Sounds like a good candidate for a complete ...
sofa1/2/2009
  Q: I recently bought a 1960's floral sofa. the filling on the pillows read urethane foam and polyester ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am a little confused (nothing new for me LOL). Is this the original ...
Old desk at antique store... perfect or pass?12/29/2008
  Q: I recently moved into the home of my dreams and am quickly acting to fill out, scouring the ...
  A: Congratulations on getting the house of your dreams. All of the things you address in your letter ...
table12/24/2008
  Q: I have had this table for 10 years,I am 54 it was my Dads,mothers, I know the top has been replaced, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Can't say too much about the table as I only got a picture of the top which ...
Rope Bed12/23/2008
  Q: I recently inherited a rope bed. I would like to know what type of rope to use, how to attach and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is everything you need to know about doing this job. A picture of the ...
Saginaw Furniture Dressing Table12/21/2008
  Q: I have a Saginaw Dressing Table (tall mirror in center with 2 round sides - one with drawers and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Personally I feel ebay is great for selling but you then have the problem of ...
Antique furniture repair12/13/2008
  Q: How can I tighten the screw-on legs of an antique 5-legged oak dining table as they have grown loose ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This often happens with these old screw in legs. The hole often becomes a ...
Refinishing a Bedroom Set with Veneer12/12/2008
  Q: You gave me some truly excellent advice last summer about an antique highboy I was refinishing, and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you again and thank you for the kind words. First I want to assure you that ...
glass12/11/2008
  Q: I have a beautiful Kostas vase..very heavy clear glass ( signed) but it is spoiled by the fact that ...
  A: Nice to hear from the UK The false teeth cleaner is not strong enough for this job as you have found ...
Table Leg Repair12/8/2008
  Q: I do I go about re attaching the curved part of a 1940-50 reproduction Duncan Phyfe dining room ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This particular repair is one of the trickiest table repairs there is in my ...
old metal steamer trunk12/7/2008
  Q: How to refinish the exterior of old metal trunk with wood strips and metal hinges. Also where to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a site that will tell you absolutely everything you need to know ...
Nichols and stone antique chairs12/7/2008
  Q: I have a set of nichols and stone antique chairs that I am thinking need some minor repairs, the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The picture is big enough but its really hard to see whats going on with the ...
Duncan Phyfe buffet12/6/2008
  Q: I have a Duncan Phyfe dining set. The finish on the buffet has started to crackle and flake off. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I understand how you feel about using this product, but understand your ...
Glue Joints12/1/2008
  Q: I am trying to refinish an old end table that was made by my wife's father. Most of the glue joints ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Being a creature of habit, I have always used the hot vinegar method. There ...
wooden tabletop cigarette holder?11/26/2008
  Q: I am at a loss to find another of these or a name and time frame. It is made of wood. It isn't ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I recognised this "smoker" right away as I used to have the pattern to make ...
bronze11/26/2008
  Q: Do you know how to remove/clean the white scaly growths that are forming on a bronze figurine. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Are you using a cleaner of some kind when you rub this off? I have always ...
veneer11/23/2008
  Q: I have a few very nice French deco pieces of furniture. They are walnut burl veneer. There is a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes this piece is too dry but what it needs is some humidity in the air. Your ...
Water damage on mahogany desk11/21/2008
  Q: I have a mahogany secretary desk from the Maddox Furniture company made in the early 1900's. A small ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These small indented areas do not sound like water damage to me. White areas ...
REPAIRING VENEER11/20/2008
  Q: WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF GLUE FOR REPAIRING VENEEER? CAN YOU RECOMMEND A BRAND?
  A: Nice to hear from you. For replacing a whole piece of new veneer we use contact cement. When I say a ...
Jacobean revival dining set11/16/2008
  Q: Today I looked at a Jacobean Dining set.Heavily carved beautifully intricate.In fair condition. It ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The picture did not enlarge from the thumbnail so its difficult to see this ...
dresser11/16/2008
  Q: I bought a very plain dresser at a thrift shop. It was painted black with white drawers and I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Actually cherry wood dust is not pink. But dye stained furniture when sanded ...
Renovating 1930s fireplace surround11/15/2008
  Q: I live in the U.K in a modest 1930s house and I am trying to put back a few original features to ...
  A: Nice to hear from the UK. I am in Canada. You are absolutely going in the right direction with this ...
Mother's china cabinet and mirrors11/12/2008
  Q: I apologize for possibly repeating questions you may have already encountered. I have my mother's ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. No need to apologize. I enjoy answering your questions. You will not ruin the ...
Monitor furniture secretary desk with glass door bookcase on top and four drawers below11/11/2008
  Q: The glass doors on the "bookcase" piece on top have a lattice of venerred wood on the outside. These ...
  A: Nice to heat from you. Ralph this may sound odd, but is there any way that you can see that would ...
antique iron bed springs11/11/2008
  Q: I would like to know where I can buy the springs base that would be used under a mattress for an ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I'm sure you know that these springs cannot be purchased new. Your only hope ...
vendorlator coke machine11/6/2008
  Q: I am not sure of the value of our cola machine. The top of the machine holds coke bottles. There is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Oh my gosh this question brought back memories LOL. Heres about all I can ...
metal bed refinishing11/3/2008
  Q: I have just acquired a metal bed with spoo's and a panel with a stencil of flowers. It has the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Naval jelly (hardware store) will remove surface rust but not the pitting ...
Refinishing antique(?) table10/31/2008
  Q: I've acquired an old table, slides are "Walter of Wabash". It has drop leaves at each end, 2 fixed ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have made such repairs many times but you need the correct tools. It just ...
mahogany table & chairs10/29/2008
  Q: I have purchased what was said to be a Duncan Phyfe Mahogany table and chairs. Is there some mark ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a bit of history on Mr Phyfe ...
upright piano10/29/2008
  Q: I have an upright piano from Gordon and Sons of New York, the serial number is (I think) 52607. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Beth I can only relate my own experience to you with regards to these lovely ...
Mahogany association inc10/29/2008
  Q: I'm trying to do some research on this new desk that I bought. It has a sticker that says Mahogany ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Fred Taylor the American furniture expert here at AllExperts wrote this about ...
desk chair10/24/2008
  Q: I rescued an old desk chair from a damp place several years ago.It had about four layers of white ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Good job on the paint removal. Nice oak chair too. The very best way to ...
Re-doing the inside of an old steamer trunk.10/23/2008
  Q: I've obtained an old metal steamer trunk. No antique value, but want to use it for a storage box for ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These old trunks always have this smell..I know it well LOL. A sure way to ...
Restoring/repairing a china cabinet10/23/2008
  Q: I was wondering how difficult it would be to restore or repair this china cabinet: (please paste ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. William it will depend on your level of skill if you can do this job ...
Old kitchen table10/21/2008
  Q: Went tn strip old table using furniture stripper, not long after the stripper was put on the old ...
  A: Nice to hear from a fellow Canadian. I have often seen what you describe when stripping paint from ...
old bed10/18/2008
  Q: Bought a king size bed with four post head and foot boards. The boards the run the length of the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes it could be possible to attach your head and foot board to your metal bed ...
Pedestal table10/13/2008
  Q: I recently bought a round pedestal table at an auction Was told it was a drum table from the 1800's ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I don't really see a question here but I found some great pictures of drum ...
Antique Iron Bed Rail10/12/2008
  Q: I have read your answers about the rails to the antique iron beds, and I am pretty sure that I have ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes you are understanding OK Kari. Some of these rails are as you describe. I ...
Northern Furnature Co #127610/12/2008
  Q: Cronk, We have a piece of Northern Furn. #1276. It is a 3 drawer, with a china hutch above. With ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes the top comes off the bottom section. Often times we see the backs of ...
gummy varnish10/11/2008
  Q: We live in a old farm house built in 1948. It has wood kitchen cabinets that have gummy varnish ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. While these citrus cleaners are good degreasers, in this case I would not use ...
care of antique furniture10/9/2008
  Q: I just cleaned an antique dresser with equal parts of vinegar, linseed oil and mineral spirits. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Interesting question. Actually the wood will be well preserved if the finish ...
Furniture Repair Question10/3/2008
  Q: I have a bedroom set in my son's room that once belonged to his father - so it's around 45 years ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes geography is definately a variable. But from the work you describe this ...
iron bed9/28/2008
  Q: I purchased an old iron bed at Salvation Army-it has two side rails that hook to the headboard and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Any of these old iron beds I have seen were intended for use with a metal ...
To repaint or not to repaint...9/24/2008
  Q: I've just purchased a very unique art-deco bedroom suite at auction (single bed, night stand, ...
  A: Interesting question. Is there any way this set was actually wood that someone painted over? I ask ...
lincoln rocker9/23/2008
  Q: I inherited a Lincoln rocker that is in pieces. The springs are no longer with it. I want to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I suppose you could sub foam for the coil springs. This type of fix is never ...
possible Duncan Fife9/19/2008
  Q: How does one know if he has a Fife table and chairs? I showed my table/chairs to a furniture guy a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I suspect your table and chairs are "in the style' of Duncan Phyfe. It would ...
Antique Table9/18/2008
  Q: -Scott
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a three tier mahogany table with a pie crust edge. If there is no ...
Removing paint Stripper from wood9/17/2008
  Q: We used a soy based stripper to remove layers of paint on our 200 year old twelve over twelve ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are obviously in a real bind there and not even the company that made ...
find glass to repair china cabinet9/15/2008
  Q: I recently broke a pane of glass on a 3 door china cabinet that has been in the family for at least ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry this has happened. You should try one of those places that salvage used ...
refinishing furniture9/15/2008
  Q: I am refinishing/ restoring an old oak rocking chair as a gift for a relative. I am trying to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I can tell you from your excellent picture that this seat did not have caning ...
e.r.company old cedar chest9/10/2008
  Q: we are restoring this chest which was in bad shape and not sure what to put on the cedar after we ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The outside of this chest is cedar..correct? So if the outside is cedar then ...
restoring antique sleigh9/10/2008
  Q: We purchased a lovely 2 person cutter sleigh circa 1890. The wood (probably pine) is very ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Don't even think about painting these lovely sleighs. If they will only be ...
6-drawer vanity table made in 19219/8/2008
  Q: my father gave me a vanity table that was made in 1921 (found behind the mirror). I cannot find ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If there is no manufacturer name on your vanity there is no way to find out ...
a couch9/8/2008
  Q: I have a gooseneck couch made in 1940's just wondering if you have heard of that kind,and if it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I have heard of this term applied to furniture and lamps too. ...
hooiser cabinet9/7/2008
  Q: what do i use to get old paint off my cabinet i think it is oak finish under the old paint? thanks ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is an easy question..I like it. To remove old paint use a methyl ...
Pricing family furniture9/7/2008
  Q: I'm needing to sell my great aunt's bedroom set that I have had since she passed away in the 1970's. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Don't want to depress you Barbara but this type of veneered furniture has ...
farm table9/4/2008
  Q: I am wondering about farm (rustic, antique) tables. I see them varying *wildly* in price, and I was ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are so right about this rustic type of furniture. Heres what I see at ...
cleaning antique mirror9/4/2008
  Q: The mirror in question has been stored in a poorly ventilated storage room. The odor is so bad that ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You will not harm the back of the mirror by washing it. Just use some dish ...
antique armoire lock broke9/2/2008
  Q: I was trying to open the doors on my antique French armoire and the end of the key broke off in the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well first the broken key must be removed. Then you need a new key. Often we ...
old plaster coated picture frame9/1/2008
  Q: would like to save frame if possible and hope you may know how thanks les
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have fixed a few of these in my day but not sure if I do it according to ...
SENDING CHAIR9/1/2008
  Q: Eileen Hi, Im trying to find the easiest and least expensive way to mail / send a chair, its a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have never personally done this but my Father did, and I just know he would ...
repair of antique chippendale dining chair8/31/2008
  Q: How would I go about repairing the arm chair of an English Chippendale Mahogany chair. The arm is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Most chairs like this are attached to the back with screws. The screws are ...
kitchen cabinet8/30/2008
  Q: I recently purchased what they called a "possum bellied cabinet". I am wanting to restore this but ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sure would be nice to get a picture of this as in my neck of the woods any ...
plaster of paris handprint8/29/2008
  Q: Eileen, I have a plaster of paris handprint of my son when he was in first grade. He is now 35 and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Now this is a question I haven't been asked before LOL. Hmmmmmmm...I really ...
refinish old hoosier cabinet8/29/2008
  Q: I have an old Hoosier cabinet that appears to be stains, it has never been painted but it does look ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You refinish this old Hoosier the same as any wood furniture. It must be ...
J. Thomas Steamer Trunk8/27/2008
  Q: I have an old steamer trunk that I found and do not know if it is worth doing some repairs on. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a site where I hope you will find the info you seek. Its a wonderful ...
antique rocking chair8/27/2008
  Q: I have this oak rocking chair with rocking mechanisms like I have never seen. Do you know what this ...
  A: Fred Taylor our American furniture expert sent me this interesting bit of info about your chair. ...
Drawer repair8/26/2008
  Q: I have an old oak bureau that I purchased. I just finished carefully stripping the 8 layers of paint ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Wish I knew if these drawer stops are those little metal kind or wood. We ...
removing old veneer8/25/2008
  Q: I recently found for free a lovely old buffet with water damage to the top on the veneer. It has ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is going to be a wonderful fix and should extend the life of this lovely ...
Antique wooden top8/25/2008
  Q: The wooden top of my antique Tibettan cabinet is uneven due to previous attempts (not mine) to even ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Paul this finish someone poured on will need to be removed. The only way is ...
all cedar wardrobe8/24/2008
  Q: I have inherited a cedar wardrobe,the outside of which was coated with shellac which was dry and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You have a few options here Jean. First you could replace the shellac (not my ...
Cutler - restoring the finish8/24/2008
  Q: I have a single pedestal Cutler desk that I picked up in a garage sale. At the time it had been ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Peter if the methylated spirits removed the finish then it was shellac. It ...
Gateleg Table8/22/2008
  Q: I have a Gate Leg table bought about 20 years ago. I am trying to see if it is worth getting ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Jackie this table looks like it has been stripped and its ready for its ...
Foundry Cart for a Coffee Table8/21/2008
  Q: I have an old foundry cart from the late 1890's. It looks to be made of oak planks and cast iron ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Great project. If you like what was done in the picture you sent its a fairly ...
China Cabinet8/19/2008
  Q: My husband and I were given a huge china cabinet as a wedding gift. We were told it from WWII era ...
  A: My goodness this piece is huge. I would sell this at an auction house. If you sell it from your ...
Old chair stuffed with burlap and hay8/18/2008
  Q: I just picked this chair up today. I took it out of someone's trash that was just about to be ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a nice old chair. I would have grabbed it too LOL. You never take away ...
antique cutlery chest - unlockable!8/18/2008
  Q: I inherited a wedding present given to my great-uncle on his wedding of a beautiful antique cutlery ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Most definately go to a locksmith. You ask "what kind"..well a locksmith is a ...
Rusty Iron Bed8/17/2008
  Q: I have a rusty iron bed. I like the look of it now but I dont want the rust to spread and I would ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If this bed is now indoors out of the damp, the rust will not spread any ...
pro refinish or DIY?8/17/2008
  Q: I have a mahogany Duncan Phyfe dining room table & chairs, about 50 yrs old, from my grandmother. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sheri I see nothing wrong with trying this process. Apparently this stuff ...
old trunk8/15/2008
  Q: I have my grandmothers old old trunk--black, I think it is some kind of heavy paper, but not sure. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Usually with trunks made from this material its best to leave as is. But I ...
1930 Jenny Lind Twin Beds8/15/2008
  Q: I'd like to know if I could refinish the two twin beds I've been given. They are circa 1930 Jenny ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the beds need refinishing, you will not hurt the value by doing so. You ...
Hitchcock chairs8/14/2008
  Q: I have six Hitchcock chairs that I purchased in l962 and am still using. They are finished seats ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You can get an authentic job done but I will refer you to our Hitchcock ...
antique glue8/12/2008
  Q: My boss wants to repair an old antique chest, that could be worth ALOT of money and wanted to make ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The proper glue is called "hide glue". I have never heard of glue eating at ...
ceder carvings8/11/2008
  Q: i have just received a cedar chest from my friend. although it is in good general condition it is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. We clean old furniture with mineral spirits (called varsol in Canada). Use a ...
refinish RR cart for coffee table8/4/2008
  Q: I plan to refinish a railroad cargo cart. It has a deck of dried/faded oak planks fixed to heavy, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Oak will naturally have dark accents after staining because of the grain. As ...
Showers "Hoosier" Cabinet8/2/2008
  Q: Eileen, saw your response to a question in 2007 to a gal who was selling her cabinet. I have a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Jill you are giving me credit here that I don't deserve LOL. But thank you ...
old vanity dressing table8/2/2008
  Q: I have an antique vanity table , It has 3 mirrors ,the two side mirrors can be folded shut over the ...
  A: So glad you found the date. Now you can pass that info on in future. Kind of neat to find out your ...
computing scale company7/28/2008
  Q: A dear, older friend has a computing scale co. scale from her dad's old general store. Any idea ...
  A: Yes I have an idea where you can find some info on this. Right here on our expert site LOL..where ...
Refinishing old furniture7/28/2008
  Q: I have just acquired a dinette set from an old relative. It has a buffet, table that has a leaf ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You can clean this set with mineral spirits (sold as varsol in Canada). Use a ...
children's table and chairs7/27/2008
  Q: I bought a kid's table and chairs from a garage sale last weekend and the lady (who was in her 50's) ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a wonderful find. Not worth paying for an appraisal though. While these ...
duncan fife style buffet7/26/2008
  Q: In our run from Hurricane Reta, a door pull on my Grandmothers Duncan Fife buffet (late 30's or ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am hoping you can find a replacement here ...
stripping antique wood7/26/2008
  Q: I mistakenly let a friend paint an antique bedroom set of ours. The results were bad. What can I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a shame the set was painted. The only thing that will remove paint is ...
Chair identification7/25/2008
  Q: I recently purchased this chair at a thrift store. The springs have since gone and I would like to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Its my opinion that the springs cannot be replaced on this chair without ...
Chairs7/24/2008
  Q: I have these chairs that have been reupholstered and I'm trying to find out if they are antiques. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The picture quality is bad but these are Victorian parlor chairs. I cannot ...
kitchen cabinet7/24/2008
  Q: I recently purchased an antique kitchen cabinet from a consignment store who did not know any info ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Apparently Hoosier introduced this type of cabinet in 1898. There were other ...
Mouse smell in furniture7/23/2008
  Q: I am refinishing an old oak dresser. There is mouse smell in a couple of the drawers. How to get ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Not sure if its actually mice you smell but I know the smell LOL. A good ...
moth ball scented cedar chest7/23/2008
  Q: Eileen- I also just inherited a 70 year old moth-ball scented cedar chest and was wondering if the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I could never figure out why folks put moth balls in a cedar chest but its ...
american girl dolls7/22/2008
  Q: My daughter has a small collection of 6 American girl dolls and we need to store them. I do not have ...
  A: Try any stationery store, photo store or actually paper sections in places like Wal Mart. Its pretty ...
repair or not to repair?7/21/2008
  Q: I have an antique buffet or sideboard table that I recently inherited. Someone has cut round holes ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Forget about the holes being there. Someone quite likley had something ...
Birdseye Maple7/20/2008
  Q: I recently saw a posting that you responded to regarding a birdseye maple dining room set...well we ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I remember that question about Birds eye Maple. I said at that time I rarely ...
Identifying dresser and how to restore7/20/2008
  Q: I have an old dresser that I picked up at Goodwill some years back. During a recent move, my husband ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry this has happened. All you can do is try the following and see if it ...
old iron bed7/19/2008
  Q: I have inherited my great grandmothers old iron beds for my daughter. I want to keep the old finish ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There would be nothing wrong with sealing the beds with a clear coat of spray ...
tin punch7/18/2008
  Q: I have a pie safe with punched tin panels in the sides. I've removed the paint the previous owner ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The only thing I can suggest to try would be fine steel wool. And be advised ...
help! split column on fireplace surround7/16/2008
  Q: I have a beautiful mahogony fireplace surround frome 1918. It was a wedding present to my ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am so sorry this has happened. Its from climate change as you guessed from ...
Refinishing mahogany veneer furniture7/16/2008
  Q: I obtained two dressers, one with a large mirror that were sold by John Wanamaker's Dept' Stores ...
  A: Fred Taylor our American Furniture expert on the site sent this info along for you. "RE the ...
What is this piece called?7/15/2008
  Q: I'd like to what you would call this piece of furniture and if you could approx. the year it was ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Heres what I call this piece..a sideboard. And a lovely one at that. Its made ...
Anthes-Baetz furniture7/14/2008
  Q: not sure if you are able to help but I have been looking at a dining room table made by Anthes-Baetz ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These cracks in old oak table legs are very common and do not effect the ...
name of furniture7/14/2008
  Q: This piece of furniture was found in a bedroom; do you know what it was used for? Thanking you ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What you have here is a "married" piece. That simply means two seperate ...
Old Dresser w/mirror7/14/2008
  Q: We bought a piece of land and found several pieces of old furniture in a house. I was wondering if ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a lovely old piece. It really looks dirty though and needs a good ...
Martha Washington Sewing cabinet7/12/2008
  Q: I recently required this sewing cabinet. It has been stored in a basement for many years. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Storing in the basement has not caused this. Its just the finish. You could ...
CHAIR SLATES FOR PORCH ROCKER SEATS7/12/2008
  Q: WHERE CAN I OBTAIN WOODEN SLATS FOR THE SEATS OF MY TWO PORCH ROCKERS? THEY HAVE HAD CANE SEATS FOUR ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Can't give you a name John because this is something you do not buy from ...
Sellers porceliron table7/11/2008
  Q: i just found this (for only $79!). it has the original wood workings but not legs. the porceliron is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. For the rust, get a can of Naval jelly from the hardware. In most cases if ...
Converting Antique Twin Frames to King7/11/2008
  Q: We have two antique twin mahogany beds that we have pushed together to form a king (split king ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This question brings back memories. We had almost the same problem. We did ...
Eastlake chair?7/10/2008
  Q: I recently bought this chair, because I loved the woodwork, I was told it is a Eastlake chair. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is indeed an Eastlake style chair. Very nice one too. Here are some ...
pedistal table7/10/2008
  Q: I have an old pedistal table that Ihave redone but I need to find the metal things under the table ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First you must try to get the old slides useable. Not sure which type you ...
remove veneer7/8/2008
  Q: What is the best way to remove veneer that has been on furniture for over 90 years. A lot of it pop ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gwen I give you "A" for your efforts in trying to sand this off LOL. But ...
Malfunctioning Vict. extending dining table7/7/2008
  Q: We moved house 18 months ago and took out the two centre leaves. I tried yesterday to wind back the ...
  A: First I'll say this is a lovely table. This sounds like a problem caused by climate change. Even if ...
Edgeband damage7/6/2008
  Q: I have a 1 3/4 round top w 170 year old walnut crouch veneer in a sunburst pattern, my walnut ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Unfortunately this area seems to get the damage. I strongly recommend a pro ...
Antique Hutch7/6/2008
  Q: I have a piece of furniture from my grandmother and I am not sure of the correct name. It is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What you describe is called a "Hossier Cabinet". Hossier was the name of a ...
Old Dresser - Cleaning it up7/5/2008
  Q: You've been so helpful on previous questions, I thought I'd trespass on your good nature again, and ...
  A: Fred Taylor who is our American Furniture Expert on this site send the following about your lovely ...
Old Settee7/3/2008
  Q: I just acquired this old settee. All I know is that the owner, a 19 yr. old lady, died in 1910, so ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. While I don't see a question here I think you want to know if it will devalue ...
Old 'sofa bed' - need hardware7/1/2008
  Q: I have an old sofa bed/day bed that is probably around 55 yrs or so old (it was my grandmother's). ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Erica this is a really tough question. To my knowledge, these are not made ...
Quarter - sawn oak dresser (continued)7/1/2008
  Q: I'm pleased that it is confirmed oak, as I think it will handle our Canadian weather well. I've ...
  A: Yes it appears there is damage on the top. It looks like round marks (burns or water?)and also do I ...
Refinishing an old oak dresser6/30/2008
  Q: I've been given an old dresser, that I believe to be oak. I'm sure it needs some TLC and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is indeed an oak dresser and a very nice one too. The drawers are veneer ...
thomasville chair co.6/28/2008
  Q: I was wondering if there is any way to find out what other pieces might be part of the collection ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Most all of these dining room sets consisted of a table, 6 chairs (one with ...
repair of antique bakers cabinet6/27/2008
  Q: We recently purchased a baker's cabinet that looks like the one in the picture attached. My ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is what we call a Hoosier here in Canada but you are right its a bakers ...
Repairing a tung oil finish6/26/2008
  Q: Eileen, I have another question for you...I was in a hurry to recover a footstool for my friend the ...
  A: Hopefully the marks are only in the finish. Before sanding I would try fine steel wool. Give the top ...
tung oil on a Hoosier cabinet6/23/2008
  Q: I have an antique Hoosier cabinet. It was dusty and I wiped it with a damp rag. I want to finish it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I don't feel a coat of tung oil protection would harm the value of a Hoosier ...
brass bed6/22/2008
  Q: I have an old brass bed that I would like to oxidize to give that old antique look. Do you know of ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Very interesting question I have never been asked before. A Google search ...
antique dresser/chest of drawers6/22/2008
  Q: I have acquired a dresser that I believe is an antique. I am not sure as to the wood, style, age or ...
  A: Fred Taylor our American furniture expert very kindly helped you with the correct info about your ...
old furniture (at least 54 yrs old)6/20/2008
  Q: I have two mahogony bureaus marked Old Craft with Meeting House printed diagonally through an ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Personally I like the tarnished look but if you don't then its fine to spray ...
How to identify good quality mid-century pieces6/17/2008
  Q: I am on the hunt for a quality mid-century or Danish modern credenza or sideboard. I have been ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Actually veneering is an art in its own right. Some of the loveliest old ...
Old classroom chairs6/11/2008
  Q: I found two old, wooden chairs recently, and I'd like to restore them to their original state. They ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You describe these chairs as "old classroom chairs" and I am confused..it ...
Painted, antique table6/9/2008
  Q: I have just bought a beautiful light blue/green dining room table, it is painted of course, and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. A good cleaning first as you say. I would use one of those citrus based ...
antique furniture refinishing6/9/2008
  Q: I've run into this problem on a few occasions. After stripping and/or sanding an old piece, when ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This happens. Its because of the particular wood the piece is made from. Its ...
Antique library desk6/8/2008
  Q: Elleen, We have an old, what we believe to be, library desk that came from a mansion from the early ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It should not be a problem getting a replacement lock and key. Take the ...
vintage? antique?6/7/2008
  Q: What is the difference between 'vintage' and 'antique'? I know it takes 40 years to start a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Good grief what a question to ask a 64 year old Grama LOL. Apparently I am ...
Stripping paint from veneer.6/3/2008
  Q: I have an old treadle sewing machine that belonged to my husband's grandmother. It has a couple of ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There is some misinformation out there regarding stripping veneer. Stripping ...
oak chest6/1/2008
  Q: My? I bought an Oak Chest 20 yrs back we paid $75.00, at an auction. The seller ask to by it back at ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I can't be sure by your description but are you saying this writing was ...
Is this chair worth repairing?5/31/2008
  Q: I found this straw filled chair with two wheels in the front legs at a garage sale for $5 I think ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a lovely old Victorian chair. Personally I am always drawn to these ...
two tier, round imperial tea table5/31/2008
  Q: I am so excited! My son and I went to a garage sale today and found a two tier, round imperial tea ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In my humble opinion, its pretty hard to mess up solid mahogany with a ...
Refinishing wood5/30/2008
  Q: We have an old (1926) stinkwood (an African hardwood) dining table which has water and/or heat marks ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The important thing to know with this is has the marks penetrated into the ...
Musty smell - worried about using bleach5/29/2008
  Q: I have two wooden bedframes that were stored in a relative's basement that now have that musty ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This smell can be miserable to get rid of. I am going to agree that I would ...
eroos chest. circa 1930.5/28/2008
  Q: Where can I fing a new lock itwas an old inside slide bar with key. All papers are gone but the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Most locksmiths can still provide this type of thing believe it or not. My ...
refinished iron beds5/26/2008
  Q: Will an antique iron head/footboard that has been professionally refurbished and even welded to a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Interesting question I have never seen addressed before. What I am going to ...
antiques door to clean5/26/2008
  Q: We bought a 200year old small antique, wooden door of an ancient synagogue, with brass motives on it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am so sorry you are in this mess..makes you feel kind of sick I know. I've ...
Purse?5/20/2008
  Q: I have a small wooden basket that looks like a purse on the outside. It has plastic on the sides ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Actually you are right. This is a purse. And a very nice one too in my ...
west branch cedar chest5/19/2008
  Q: the finish on the aromatic cedar chest is wrinkled,raised,and appears dirty.How can I restore the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First you have to clean the area with mineral spirits. Use a steel wool pad ...
Renovating dining chairs5/18/2008
  Q: I have 4 beautiful antique dining room chairs that used to have caned seats, but are now badly ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes these fiber seats will not be the most comfortable when first installed ...
Refinish Item And Discover Company Name- How do I Save5/14/2008
  Q: I have been refinishing furniture from auctions for many years, but I have a new experience. I have ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am absolutely amazed you got this much paint off without ruining the ...
Cleaning mouse droppings from wood picture frames5/13/2008
  Q: I read your reply to someone regarding cleaning a piece of furniture that might have mouse droppings ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes apparently mouse droppings can make us sick. Think I have since learned ...
Mahogany table finish and colors5/12/2008
  Q: my Mother bought a 1937 Brandt Duncan Phyfe style mahogany dining table with 5 leaves and 8 chairs. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This always happens to table tops and we don't notice it until we drag the ...
antique bed5/5/2008
  Q: I recently bought an old metal bed frame and can't figure out how to get a bed onto it without it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The problem with converting these old beds is that they had a spring that sat ...
Showers Brothers Chest5/5/2008
  Q: I found a chest and am wanting to sand and repaint. The piece is tagged with a Showers Brothers ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If you want to sand and paint this chest thats fine as long as you understand ...
Conant Ball Birch Highboy5/4/2008
  Q: I have a Conant Ball Birch Highboy that I purchased on CraigsList for $5. Had no idea as to the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Its always a day to gloat if we need a dresser and find one for five dollars. ...
refinishing small cabinent5/4/2008
  Q: This cabinet was my grandmother's, she was a seamstress and kept her threads, needles etc. in it but ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a shame this piece was painted. Did the person who gave the quote state ...
stripping veneer5/3/2008
  Q: I have a table that someone started taking of the veneer. Some suggestions on how to remove it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. When the heat gun fails (it doesn't often), get out an old iron. Set it on ...
Vanity conversion4/29/2008
  Q: Re: old library table…maybe oak...turning into vanity Hi, I am stripping and re-finishing the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Great project. The steps. 1..strip with a stripper such as this. Its powerful ...
Berkley & Gay Furniture Desk4/24/2008
  Q: I just purchased this Berkley & Gay Furniture desk and it has some scratches that I'd like to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If I'm seeing correctly (don't always LOL), it appears these marks (on the ...
RWay Chair4/23/2008
  Q: I have a RWAY Chair # 52-3029. There is another # 337 with a finish 38. This has the orginal tag on ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It appears that the "r-ray" in the name did not come about until 1949 so we ...
Old Lane Cedar chest4/21/2008
  Q: Not looking for a value cause we'ed never sell it. Trying to date a chest from my grandmother. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sounds to me like you have a waterfall cedar chest from the 40's. The rounded ...
Grandparent's Dining room Furniture4/17/2008
  Q: I just received my grandparent's 70 year old dining room furniture (table, china closet, credenza). ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In this case I would recommend a product like this for a quick fix until you ...
antique couch 1920-1940s?4/17/2008
  Q: we were given this couch and wondering what it was worth,some people told us it was it was 18th ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The only way to get an idea of age with old couches is by looking underneath. ...
Ed Roos Cedar Chest4/16/2008
  Q: I have a cedar chest serial # 607529 Ed Roos Company Forset Park Illinois The finish is in bad ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In my humble opinion any of these lovely old cedar chests are worth ...
sewing table4/12/2008
  Q: I have an antique Singer sewing table that needs a side panel replaced. Do you know where to find ...
  A: You can get the decorative carvings here. http://www.vandykes.com/subcategory/73/ I have dealt with ...
walnut table4/12/2008
  Q: I would like information on how to refinish a walnut veneer table. I would like to replicate the ...
  A: Here are the stripping instructions for your table. INSTRUCTIONS FOR STRIPPING FURNITURE The first ...
Cavalier Cedar Chest4/10/2008
  Q: I have a Cavalier Cedar chest and would like to know more information about it. It has a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a site that has everything that is known about Cavalier chests. ...
wood dresser4/10/2008
  Q: i recently purchase this dresser at a thrift shop. the company name is the mayfair cabinet works ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This dresser is very similar to one my Mother had. She always stored her ...
Spilled paint on victrola4/8/2008
  Q: I just bought an old victrola and it has a few paint marks on the front of it like someone had ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Very carefully rub the paint with fine steel wool. Try to only rub the area ...
Antique Table Repairable?4/7/2008
  Q: We bought an antique butterfly leaf table and when we moved to a desert area it started cracking ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This table is very much repairable. This as you know is caused by climate ...
old wardrobe4/6/2008
  Q: I inherited an old wardrobe. We don't really know how old it is, but our best guess so far is the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First off get it out of the basement. A basement is the worst place to store ...
Oak Draw Leaf Table4/6/2008
  Q: I have my eye on an oak draw leaf table at an antiques store. Like the owner, I am unsure of the ...
  A: The table is most definitely oak. No question about it. Great picture. OK..I'll tell you what I can. ...
hoosier cabinet4/4/2008
  Q: If you could give me some tips on stripping the paint i would appreciate it.Thank You Bob
  A: Here are my stripping instructions that have been modified for your heavily painted Hoosier ...
Porceliron Ing-Rich Bayonne4/2/2008
  Q: I just purchased a table and chairs that were in a basement. How do I remove paint droplets without ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The table top is porcelain and its very tough. First I would try something ...
hoosier cabinet4/2/2008
  Q: I inherited a hoosier cabinet with the name w.b. trumbo co on the back.I cant find any info on the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. All I could find on the company besides where it was located was that it was ...
restoring parquet flooring3/30/2008
  Q: We are about to buy some reclaimed English oak parquet flooring for our home ( two living rooms and ...
  A: This question is really out of my line, but I can certainly give you my thoughts. If you are ...
restoration courses3/30/2008
  Q: i enjoy buying old oak furniture for my house from a reliable second hand shop and would like to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I love old oak furniture too, and learning to refinish these things yourself ...
lane cedar chest3/27/2008
  Q: I have inherited a 1927 solid cedar hope chest. The top of the chest has several scratches and it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes it sounds like this finish should be replaced. That means stripping with ...
Identifying antique furniture3/22/2008
  Q: where would I begin to learn about the different types of wood used to make antique furniture? Also, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a good question. Not sure if I'm qualified to answer it though LOL. ...
Rope Bed3/17/2008
  Q: I have an old rope bed and need to know how to re-rope. Can you help or refer me to a web site that ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here are the instructions ...
restoration of antique pressed tin3/17/2008
  Q: Eileen, My husband and I are building our retirement home ourselves and hope to incorporate several ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a wonderful question..and not too long LOL. I'll take your questions in ...
Duncan Phyfe Chairs3/16/2008
  Q: We have just found two chairs to fill out our Duncan Phyfe dinning room set. The two additional ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I have a suggestion. Get this product. ...
CLEANING OLD DINING ROOM SET3/15/2008
  Q: WHAT DO I USE TO CLEAN WOOD DINING CHAIRS. THE SET IS ABOUT 60YRS OLD AND IN FAIRLY GOOD CONDITION, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am very familiar with this type of dirt on furniture..especially chairs. So ...
Victorian Platform Rockers springs3/14/2008
  Q: and the rocker springs on the right side (beneath the seat) are coming loose. There are three 1" ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. For sure the chair is not "done" LOL Its obvious that the wrong kind of ...
thickness of plexiglass used to replace broken glass in curio cabinet3/13/2008
  Q: I also have curved broken glass in my curio cabinet and would like to replace with plexiglass. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It sounds like the plex is too thick. So what I would suggest you do is ask ...
Rway diningroom set3/11/2008
  Q: I am in a quandary about what to do with a bleached mahogany diningroom set from Rway furniture. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This set of course is not an antique and not valuable, but I would certainly ...
Edison Furniture3/3/2008
  Q: We have a crib manufactured by the Edison Furniture Company. The crib is in very good shape given ...
  A: Nice to hear from you You are correct that this crib would not pass todays standards. And in fact ...
Seat Replacement for Antique Pressed Back Chairs3/2/2008
  Q: I have six pressed back oak dining chairs that are family heirlooms (over 100 years old). They ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Its always such a shame when folks put nails in the chair seats like this. ...
wooden chairs3/1/2008
  Q: I have 70 restaurant chairs that have been in use for 15 or so years. I have recovered them ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If there is any botox left after you finish I could sure use some. Seriously ...
Is this Table Anything3/1/2008
  Q: I was visiting an acquaintance and we were in his garage where I spotted this unique table. He was ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sandra you will find as you start stripping the paint that the stripper will ...
Dye stain2/26/2008
  Q: This is a follow up to the Mahogany dresser with the dye stain. The computer program would not let ...
  A: ..any chance of a picture.Hi again Bruce Strange the site would not allow another follow up. I was ...
dining room table and china hutch2/26/2008
  Q: I have a old Bassett dining room/6 chairs/2 leafs and a matching china hutch. I think it's about 60 ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here in Canada we have Bassett Furniture and its also in the USA. It is ...
Refinishing Lane Chest2/25/2008
  Q: I have my mothers veneered cedar chest (mfg'd about '45) and the finish has blistered on the front ...
  A: Nice to hear from you These old chests are lovely when refinished and it sounds like this one is ...
Berkley & Gay Table - Water Damage2/23/2008
  Q: Just purchased a Berkley & Gay table but it has some water damage (cloudy white spots). Not sure how ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There are several ways to attempt this repair. Here is a link I want you to ...
Duncan Phyfe sofa2/22/2008
  Q: I am reapholstering my granmother's sofa. She had brass nail heads on her sofa. I beleive the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the fabric is original, the tacks should be too unless your Mom replaced ...
Antique tin stick match holder2/22/2008
  Q: We have a match holder that seems to have been painted over the original tin. You can somewhat see ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These tin match holders were originally painted. They do get painted over the ...
antique spool bed2/21/2008
  Q: I have a family treasure bed which washed up in a hurricane in the 1800s. Like the mantle someone ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I remember the question. The lady wanted to leave the wood unprotected ...
hitchcock dining room table2/21/2008
  Q: I recently notices come pit marks on my table,as though some one took a sharp object and poked the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you The only possible way that I know of to fix these holes is with one of those ...
Bird's eye maple drop front desk2/20/2008
  Q: I recently found an old bird's eye maple drop front lady's writing desk (that also has a matching ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a great find. First get all the stuff that will come off with a ...
Red Oak Dresser2/19/2008
  Q: I am looking for some advice on an old red oak dresser. It stands approx 46 3/4" high, it has 6 ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First off, I would deal with the stains on the top. They should be removed. ...
Cleaning old mahogany furniture2/19/2008
  Q: :) I recently acquired a lovely old mahogany bedroom set (man's and lady's dressers, night stand, ...
  A: Sorry I missed part of your question. If the damage is not too severe, get one of those wax filler ...
Preparing to find someone to do restoration2/18/2008
  Q: I have an antique, solid mahogany slant top secretary that I had inherited from my grandmother. My ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I got your question last night Kelly and had started to answer when the power ...
Thomasville Chair Company Bedroom Set2/17/2008
  Q: I have a Thomasville Chair Company bedroom set that is a hand-me-down from my great grandmother. It ...
  A: Nice to hear from you As long as anything you do to this furniture can be undone in the future, I ...
Repairing veneer door2/17/2008
  Q: I got some great advice from you awhile back about fixing up my dark and damaged woodwork. I am so ...
  A: Yes I remember you and am glad I was able to help before. I cannot think of any way to fix this ...
imperial furniture table2/13/2008
  Q: I have found a library table from the Imperial Company in MI. I believe it dates around 1905. I'm ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. When an original handle or knob is removed from a piece of old furniture it ...
Oak Mission Style Rocker2/10/2008
  Q: I have an old oak rocker - it has a black leather cushion (new). It doesn't really fit into our new ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have seen a lot of old furniture painted. This chair could be painted, but ...
Antique Cabinet2/8/2008
  Q: i, I have an antique cabinet that has already been modified to fit a TV inside (i.e., hole cut in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a tough question without seeing what exactly you have here. While the ...
replace slats on roll top desk2/7/2008
  Q: We are refinishing a very old roll top desk. Some of the slats are worped. Do you have a web site or ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have never known these slats to be available for sale, but they are easily ...
sanding and finish2/5/2008
  Q: stain,and what wold be the best finish and the couple of the joints need filled what would be the ...
  A: I am across the water in Canada. Nice to hear from you. This wardrobe does look in a sorry state, ...
Duncan Fife Dining Set2/4/2008
  Q: I have a Duncan Fife Dining set from around 1940, but no real way of telling, and we want to know ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Getting someone to do this type of work well can be difficult. You will want ...
Antique iron bed2/1/2008
  Q: I was given 2 antique iron beds; a twin size (complete with springs attached) and a full-size ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. To my knowledge the only place you may buy these old springs is a junk store. ...
Taking an Antique rocking chair a part1/31/2008
  Q: I need to separate the seat portion from the rockers of an antique rocking chair. I have been able ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Check to make sure there is not a small nail or screw in the joint. They can ...
trunk restoration1/29/2008
  Q: My mother in law lives in St. Louis and has 4 trunks that belonged to her mother in law. She would ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a list of restorers http://antiquerestorers.com/Member/CAT.htm Hope ...
Ed Roos Co. Cedar Chest1/24/2008
  Q: I have an Ed Roos Co. Cedar Chest that was my grandmothers, and one day it was just locked. I never ...
  A: Nice to hear from you So sorry this has happened. My brother who was a locksmith for many years ...
West Branch Cedar Chest1/22/2008
  Q: I have a West Branch Novelty Company Cedar Chest (#4248) that someone destroyed the punctired lock ...
  A: Nice to hear from you Try here for the hindges http://www.vandykes.com/subcategory/67/ or perhaps ...
secretary desk1/21/2008
  Q: I have a family secretary desk from about 1939. Above the desk is a bookcase with glass doors. On ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I call this lattice work or fretwork Michael. Don't know if thats the correct ...
Franklin Piano1/21/2008
  Q: My friend has a Franklin Piano and was wondering what year it was made in. The serial number is ...
  A: Just recieved this info on your friends piano. Its from Fred Taylor on this site so you can depend ...
Emerson Piano1/21/2008
  Q: I recently bought a Emerson Piano and would like to know more about it. The serial number is 93126 ...
  A: Fred Taylor from our site sent this info on your piano . "The Emerson piano #93126 was made in 1909 ...
Roll Top Desk1/20/2008
  Q: We need to repair the roll top portion of our hoosier. All the slats are present. Do you have any ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I just use a light weight canvas when I need to replace this cloth. This is ...
Bedroom oak bureau with mirror1/20/2008
  Q: I have an old oak bedroom bureau and mirror (glass approx 1/2 inch thick)that belonged to my ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First we will talk about the split veneer. And I am so glad you know that all ...
duncan phyfe lamp table1/19/2008
  Q: I have a duncan phyfe table approx 100 yrs old that has been repainted,Can it be restored ?
  A: Nice to hear from you. Certainly the paint can be removed and a new finish applied. Not sure though ...
Zig/Zag springs and fastners1/19/2008
  Q: Eileen, Can you tell me where I can find Zig/Zag springs and fasteners? I am trying to restore a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These zig zag springs are readily available. No need to go through mail ...
antique buffet1/16/2008
  Q: I inherited an antique buffet.The top is covered with a veneer. Parts of the veneer are splitting ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Holly you can't leave this alone if you ever hope to have it in your home. ...
Vintage Cedar Chest1/14/2008
  Q: Eileen: I have an old Cedar chest that I recently bought as a sale and looks to be hand made as ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a lovely cedar chest. Its what I call a "real" cedar chest as its cedar ...
1885 wooden clothes rack1/10/2008
  Q: I've only seen one other one before, it hangs on the wall and you fan out the wooden slats to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Not sure I see an actual question here Karen, but I will comment anyway. I am ...
Old Furniture Cleaning1/5/2008
  Q: I purchased a piece of furniture for my kitchen and I have a questions regarding cleaning it. It is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The entire cupboard looks to be painted..correct? For this cleaning job I ...
Antique English Marble Top Washstand1/2/2008
  Q: I have an early 1900's marbletop washstand that was in excellent condition. In my last move the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a lovely piece. What a shame the marble was broken. In the right hands, ...
antique rocker -- not sure what style?1/2/2008
  Q: I am looking for a couple more of these chairs in the exact same style but every search I do, I come ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sarah this is a very common type chair. Its called a platform rocker. The ...
Thomasville Chair Company Dining Chair1/1/2008
  Q: I purchased a dining set from my great aunt in the early 1908's. It consists of a table with drop ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First off I like your fabric choice for the chairs..it works, and it looks ...
Replacement of Caned Seat in Chair1/1/2008
  Q: I received an office chair from a friend - a yard sale find. The chair had a damaged caned seat. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would use the pressed fabric you refer to. Darned if I can remember the ...
50s Childrens Folding Table and Chairs12/30/2007
  Q: I have a children's red and white metal "card"table and 4 chairs. I'm considering repainting due to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Mary without a better description of the existing caps, I'll just blindly ...
CAVALIER CHEST12/27/2007
  Q: DO YOU KNOW THE AGE OF A CAVALIER CHEST (HAS SER # 2979 AND PATENT X51 STAMPED ON BOTTOM OF CHEST. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you Dale in the following site is everything that is known about these old chests. ...
removing a damaged desktop12/27/2007
  Q: My son purchased an antique business type desk that has a badly damaged top. The top is a hard black ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This may sound funny Dale, but the only way I know of to remove a slate top ...
antique name12/24/2007
  Q: I recently purchased an antique bedroom set for my daughter and the lady told me it was called a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well the lady was close I believe. A "waterfall" design describes the edges ...
Antique china cabinet12/20/2007
  Q: I just inherited a china cabinet that belonged originally to my great-grandmother (1920s-30s). On ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The repairs will have to be made. This is a must. And all repairs are made ...
Gothic Chair?12/20/2007
  Q: I bought this chair recently, it has two casters in the front, and is carved with different types of ...
  A: Fred Taylor was kind enough to contact me after seeing our correspondance about your chair. Fred is ...
1906 thomasville china cabinet12/15/2007
  Q: I have this 101 year old china cabinet that has some wood work over the glass that has chipped in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Less is best here Sandy. From your picture I see nothing significant that ...
burn in a 50" walnut veneer dining table12/13/2007
  Q: I would love to save my dining room table - a great consignment find. A candle tipped over and the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gosh I'm sorry this has happened. But it could have been worse as they say. ...
RE: Barrister bookcase (again)12/13/2007
  Q: I wasn't able to ask a follow-up to your last response, so I am going to cheat and do it here. Some ...
  A: Your doing just fine. Yes I consider this porous wood. In this case I do not see it as a worry, but ...
rway dining chairs12/11/2007
  Q: I am refinishing and reupholstering my grandmothers 4 danish modern 1950 rway mahogony chairs. A ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There will be dowels that hold the side pieces to the back/leg section. ...
RE: Barrister bookcase12/10/2007
  Q: I collect first editions and bought an old 4 component Macey Barrister bookcase, as I wanted to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I wish you would send me the links where you read about this...I just do not ...
1939/40 Lane Cedar Blanket Chest11/28/2007
  Q: I inherited my Mother's Walnut veneer solid walnut blanket chest she received from my Grandmother as ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. So sorry this has happened to your cedar chest. You can contact Lane directly ...
cavalier hope chest11/26/2007
  Q: I have a cavalier hope chest and it was my grandmothers. It has the numbers 85 - wal and the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Robert I love these old cedar chests. I think of all the old things I have ...
Diningroom set11/26/2007
  Q: I am selling a diningroom set and was wondering if I should advertise it as an antique or not.It was ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Absolutely advertise this as an antique. The set is close to 80 years old. ...
Jamestown Table Company11/24/2007
  Q: I have a dining room set from this company. The set included an oval table with two leafs, six ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well from the picture, it looks like she applied stain as well as varnish, or ...
early childs rocker11/24/2007
  Q: I hope you can help me with this chair. My mother has had it on back porch for the last few years, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well this certainly looks like a lambing chair. Its obviously a small scale ...
Old Solid Wood Coffee Table11/22/2007
  Q: I have just purchased an old, solid wood coffee table that I would like to know more about. It ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What an interesting find. By your description of the wood, it could be red ...
removing veneer11/14/2007
  Q: I have several old family bureaus that are veneered, and I am hoping that if I remove the veneer, I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This gadget you mention should certainly remove veneer. I use an old iron set ...
Restore Rocking Chair11/13/2007
  Q: Where do I start?? I want to re-do this chair for my Mom I know I need to clean it 1st, do I use ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. From the photo, the chair does not look heavily soiled. You know that type of ...
Lane chest11/9/2007
  Q: I have older model chest given to me. It has a strong musty odor to it. I've tried just airing it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. How well I know this smell. First I would wipe the interior with a mild ...
Identification?11/9/2007
  Q: We would love to know what this is. The smaller vertical arms have slots where a missing horizontal ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a bit out of my line Nancy, but I'll tell you what I ...
Old chairs11/9/2007
  Q: I have 4 old chairs that we bought,stripped,sanded,stained and finished. ( You can see the pic. ) ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Ruben you did the right thing if you are happy with these lovely chairs and ...
Lane furnishings11/8/2007
  Q: Okay it is to my understanding the only collectable lane furniture products where the chests they ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well my understanding is that Lane made only chests until 1951. Then they ...
Antique crib11/7/2007
  Q: I am looking to sell my antique crib and would like to know how to go about it. Who would I contact ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Cindy I am up in Canada where its illegal to sell these cribs so I cannot ...
Northern Furniture Company Dresser11/7/2007
  Q: Cronk, I recently acquired a dresser made by the Northern Furniture Company in Sheboygan WI. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you I think your guess is a good one, but thats only my guess LOL. That aside, My ...
question11/7/2007
  Q: I have a great old wood door that was stored in a shed for about 75 years-- it has some detail on ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You went through the question process just fine Barb. I know it can be a bit ...
Rope Seat Chair Restoration11/7/2007
  Q: Can you give me any advice on how to restore a wooden chair that has a rope or twine seat? The rope ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Its usually clear shellac thats applied to these seats Kris. And you can give ...
Cleaning old gilt11/5/2007
  Q: I have an old mirror framed with velvet and gold gilt frame with ornate gewgaws at each corner and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Dip a Q-tip (those ear cleaning things) in rubbing alcohol. This will get in ...
dining table chairs11/3/2007
  Q: i have an older mahogany dining table whose chir backs consist of three identical pieces of veneer ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The chair back inserts are made of various layers of wood as you say. I think ...
Removing mouse odors ect.. from wood10/29/2007
  Q: We are going to refurnish a dresser that has been sitting in a barn (not covered). Is there any way ...
  A: Good question and I appreciate where you are coming from as I have a family member highly allergic ...
seat spring10/27/2007
  Q: My grand father broke a flat spring in the seat of his favorite (old) chair. Where can I get a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Any upholstery shop will supply you with a replacement Greg. Take the broken ...
history of furniture maker10/25/2007
  Q: IHAVE A DINING SET THAT IS A DINING TABLE,A BUFFET,ALSO A CHINA CABINET MADE BY R-WAY NORTHERN ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It appears Pam that the "r-ray" in the name did not come about until 1949 so ...
wooden piece10/23/2007
  Q: I found and old piece of furniture and I'm first, not sure what it is called. Second, not sure how ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sounds to me like you have aquired a hall tree although I have never seen one ...
faded Duncan Phyfe dining table top10/20/2007
  Q: I inherited a nice but very sun faded, Duncan Phyfe table. The wood is in good shape and the leaf ...
  A: First I am sorry your answer is late, but the high winds here knocked out my internet..gosh you sure ...
Spiesz walnut dining suite10/19/2007
  Q: Eileen: This is not a request for an appraisal. I am the manager of The Salvation Army Oshawa (ON) ...
  A: Just got an email from another expert on our site regarding the Spiesz furniture Co. Here is Fred ...
Refinishing bookcases10/18/2007
  Q: I am refinishing a Globe Wernicke bookcase. It had been previously refinished a dark stain and a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You do not need to do anything before staining. And never sand. You ask the ...
old globe map10/13/2007
  Q: wondering if you could help me. A nabour gave me a globe that was standing outside in rain and wind. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a wonderful project this will be. I found a huge amount of sites that ...
Lane cedar hope chest10/12/2007
  Q: The chest I have is old (although I'm not sure how old), I just got it and I want to "clean" it up ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First give the chest a good cleaning. I like to use super fine steel wool ...
bathroom vanity finish10/7/2007
  Q: I have an antique sideboard that I want to use as a vanity. Whhat should I use to finish/refinish ...
  A: Just a PS here Don. Look into a product called Durathane by Minwax. This is made for hardwood ...
small 4 draw chest one swing out draw10/7/2007
  Q: i was wondering how to restore,made out of maple,not sure the use of the small chest,but it is very ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It will depend on the degree of dirt as to what you use to clean this Nancy, ...
end table10/5/2007
  Q: I just picked this up at a flea market and was curious about anything you could tell me about it. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sure I can tell you something about this table. It appears to have a veneer ...
cedar chest10/2/2007
  Q: I'm refinishing a Caswell-Runyun "Treasure Chest". The cedar inside is in good shape, but I would ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This felt is usually glued on and is miserable stuff to get off. Most fabric ...
vintage bookcase9/28/2007
  Q: Would it be feasable that a 1930ish 2 glass door, walnut bookcase, would have a piece of walnut ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Penny I think the stuff you are seeing is called masonite. Today we would ...
murphy bed9/28/2007
  Q: ..I have purchased an antique murphy bed or bed in a cabinet. It is a beautiful piece that opens in ...
  A: Sorry you are having such a time finding this piece. I just done a bit of searching ...
stripping jenny lind baby bed9/24/2007
  Q: I sent you a question before about the 33 year old Jenny Lind baby bed I have been trying to strip. ...
  A: Sorry about the mixup. Its possibly lacquer on the bed Debbie, and in most cases (not all) Circa ...
cedar chest problem9/24/2007
  Q: i have inherited a cedar chest that really smells like moth balls or something inside. is there any ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Oh my gosh, moth ball smell is awful to get out. The idea of a cedar chest is ...
Secretary side-by-side9/23/2007
  Q: I have a side-by-side secretary desk..one half with shelves with a glass side and glass door. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If I had these pieces in my shop I could figure out how it went together but ...
antique wood angel wings9/22/2007
  Q: One of the wings have allot of gold leafing...the other does not. I would like to remove the gold ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In all my years I have never removed real gold leafing, but I suspect it can ...
cigerette smell9/20/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you know of a product or method to get the smell of cigarette smoke out of hard ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Perhaps they make a product specifically for this but I do not know. I use a ...
refinishing a Cushman three-legged table9/20/2007
  Q: I recently inherited a small, three-legged Cushman table with a large area of water damage on the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Absolutely this table needs refinishing. Hopefully the water damage has not ...
Refinishing a Lane Cedar Chest9/20/2007
  Q: Eileen! I'm new to the site, but excited to find you! I, like many others, have inherited an old ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These old cedar chests are one of my favorite furniture items. I too used to ...
hoosier type cabinet9/19/2007
  Q: We've acquired a hoosier type top separate from a hoosier type bottom and I'm having trouble dating ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a bit out of my line, but a quick search found thousands of sites ...
cleaning a duncan phyfe table9/3/2007
  Q: I just purchased a 1940's Duncan Phyfe table and side board. What do you recommend me clean/ dust ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Cleaning and dusting are two entirely different things to me LOL. And the ...
veneer on a Duncan Phyfe table9/2/2007
  Q: I just bought a Duncan Phyfe table and two chairs at an auction. On the table top where the two ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This type of repair on a veneer top will require a pro to fix. Yes it can be ...
pressed tin pulls on an antique oak dresser9/2/2007
  Q: i am looking for a replacement for a pressed tin drawer pull on an antique oak dresser. the tin is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Try this site. http://www.vandykes.com/subcategory/53/ Perhaps what you are ...
roll top desk repair9/1/2007
  Q: ! I read how to repair the desk top but would like to know where to purchase the canvas for the top ...
  A: Great question and one no one has asked before. I am in Canada and we have a chain called "Fabric ...
Jenny Lind Baby Bed8/31/2007
  Q: I sent a message a few days ago and have not heard back from you. My sister's grandson is here ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I apologise for the delay, but I think it must have been a problem with the ...
Hexagon Table8/30/2007
  Q: I've inherited a hexagon side table that was my grand moms - her husband inscribed underneath that ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Just saw the pictures. Have absolutely no idea what this table is, its age, ...
Thank You8/29/2007
  Q: I would like to thank you so much for your time and response to my email about my cedar chest. I ...
  A: It makes this job worthwhile to know I helped. If you are willing to remove the back, or backs of ...
Thye Larkin Company8/29/2007
  Q: I recently received a desk which has a label on the back of it that reads Factory No. 2 - The Larkin ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This turned out to be a very interesting question for me and I learned ...
rolled edge 1920-1940s desk - style?8/27/2007
  Q: i've got a rolled edge desk, veneer (walnut??) on the whole thing. looks a little deco-ish. how ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This rolled edge is called a waterfall edge. I have seen the edge in solid ...
Repairing an iron bed8/27/2007
  Q: I was putting together my iron bed and while hammering the rails into the slots-it's the reverse ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry there are no other choices for a fix, but cast can certainly be welded. ...
A.H. Stiehl Furniture bedroom set8/25/2007
  Q: I have a set of bedroom furniture (nightstand, dresser, desk & bench) that I would like to know more ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I believe this was a high end furniture company. I recall a similar question ...
Roll Top Desk8/25/2007
  Q: I am getting around to sprucing up a 1910s C roll desk that I've owned for 30 years now. On the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Leanard what you are describing certainly makes sense. I personally have ...
old dresser8/25/2007
  Q: I have a dresser with the name of united furniture manufacturing etawah, tenn. on the back. it has a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the veneer is missing, you cannot fix it yourself. If the veneer is still ...
Lane Cedar Chest8/22/2007
  Q: I bought a very old Lane Cedar chest with a date inside of Nov. 12,1929, for my daughter, it is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gosh I hate it when people plaster paint on these lovely old pieces. Sounds ...
small folding table question8/22/2007
  Q: I found a lovely, two shelf folding table the other day that was labeled "duncan phyfe". It does ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your table will not be a real Duncan Phyfe. Duncan Phyfe was born in 1768 and ...
icebox "coolerator"8/19/2007
  Q: i have an old "coolerator" icebox. Everything on it is wood, including the original wooden handle. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Have you considered selling the icebox on e-bay? You could really hype up the ...
Replacing slats on a roll top desk8/19/2007
  Q: My girlfriend and I decided it would be a great idea to put her computer inside her grandfathers ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. When I read your letter I laughed Jason...this is so funny. But to get you ...
Lycoming Furn. Ind8/18/2007
  Q: I would a little info on a desk that I have. It has item # 7110-823-6972 on the bottom, also ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Not much anyone can tell you about your desk Ty except it was made in ...
antique piano - refinish?8/15/2007
  Q: I purchased an upright piano that is nearly 100 years old. The finish is stained, scratched and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a great topic. By all means go ahead and refinish your piano, but ...
repairing a china cupboard8/15/2007
  Q: I have an old china cupboard that has broken latches. Years ago someone put a piece of wood at the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gloria I like those magnetic door closers. They are available at Home depot ...
roll top desk tambour8/15/2007
  Q: In the process of moving my granddad's roll top desk, something happened and the tambour will only ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Just make sure its not the door that has come out of square. If its angled at ...
smelly cedar chest8/13/2007
  Q: I cleaned out an old warehouse and came across this wonderful old cedar chest. The only problem is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Isn't it great to come accross these finds? Its certainly better that avon ...
Taking scratches out of a desk8/13/2007
  Q: I was at a tag sale this past weekend and came across a lovely desk that was reasonably priced, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There are no other options but sanding for these deep scratches. I have in ...
Kling dresser8/11/2007
  Q: I have a 1961 model kling dresser. It has been in storage for years and now I want to use it again. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I hope you can get this product in your area. http://www.drwoodwell.com/ I ...
pressed fiber seat replacement8/10/2007
  Q: I have a rocking chair that needs a fiber seat replaced. The hole measures 10" square and outer edge ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am a little confused here Gail so help me out LOL Do you mean a leather ...
Bookcase needs glass replacement8/9/2007
  Q: How would I go about having several panes of glass replaced in our Gustave Stickley (it has been ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Believe it or not, old glass can be purchased at those places that sell demo ...
Penn table8/4/2007
  Q: I have one of the old Penn small dining tables. I cannot get it to open up so the leaf can be used. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Audrey when you look under the table top and see nothing at all, that should ...
globe-wernicke barrister bookcase8/2/2007
  Q: I have two sets of C-11 grade 198 Globe-Wernicke Co. barrister bookcases. There appears to be a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Its been a while since I worked on a set of these and if memory serves, they ...
flemish art co. of new york8/1/2007
  Q: I have an oval wooden carved picture of roses in a vase, approximately 18 inches by 12 inches. It ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Shirley I have had several inquiries about this art and I just cannot find ...
maddux secretaries desk7/30/2007
  Q: I'm a painting contractor of 20 years. I recently started restoring and refinishing quality used ...
  A: Martin Nice to hear from you. Without seeing this desk Martin, I cannot comment on its age, and the ...
Old Barton Table that has beeneither Painted or Antiqed Green7/27/2007
  Q: My Aunt Passed away and I was Lucky enough to get all of her Antiques, She was like a Mother to me. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is another question to fellow expert Mr. Fred Taylor who tells us about ...
French farm table7/27/2007
  Q: I have a beautiful french farm table which I used for many years with some small Windsor chairs. As ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. All eating tables are 29 or 30 inches high from floor to top of table. Chairs ...
Governor Winthrop Slant Front Desk7/24/2007
  Q: We have a Governor Winthrop desk (circa 1930) that is structurally sound but needs refinishing. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Barb while I always try to encourage folks to spread their wings and do their ...
Water Stain - Another Question7/22/2007
  Q: Eileen, I have had some success with less severe water stains in the past by using lacquer thinner ...
  A: Absolutely this would be correct. What you would be doing is re-amagamating the finish. This is fine ...
Restoring a Cedar Chest7/22/2007
  Q: I recently inherited my grandmothers Cedar Chest. It was made by her uncle who was a carpenter. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I get asked similar questions very often. My answer is always this. If you ...
old/antique saginaw vanity7/22/2007
  Q: and thanks SO much for being available to help us poor folks figure out what we have and what to do ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Can tell you only that this is what you think. A vanity or dressing table. ...
Water Stain7/21/2007
  Q: A friend has asked me to refinish the top of a table of what I think may be an eighteenth century ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Personally Joel I think this is a job for a pro. Without seeing the table so ...
bonnet on china cabinet7/21/2007
  Q: How is the best way to re-attach the bonnet that has come off the top of my antique china cabinet?
  A: Nice to hear from you. Any repairs we make to our old things should be done in keeping with the way ...
duncan phyfe table7/21/2007
  Q: I have a duncan phyfe table. My 2 year old and 10 mo old have put fingerprints on it and I am not ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Jen this sounds to me like the table has an excess of built up wax. For the ...
antique trunk7/20/2007
  Q: I am restoring a trunk.Isanded the wood &stained it, Ipainted the metal.I want to leave the canvas ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a great project you have going there. I love these old trunks. Jan in ...
L. Hitchcock furniture7/18/2007
  Q: We purchased a used set of L. Hitchcock chairs - black and a matching table in medium maple color. ...
  A: Nice to hear from You This should be a fairly easy job Mary. I would suggest painting the table ...
mahogany or rosewood desk6/23/2007
  Q: i just bought an old (circa 1940's)mahogany desk. as per directions from dealer, i am cleaning it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. No way to get these out short of refinishing the top, but try a bit more ...
repair antique bonnet chest6/22/2007
  Q: Cronk, I bought an antique bonnet chest at an auction sale. When I pulled the drawers out to clean ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These are drawer stops not wear tabs and they can be made from whatever wood ...
Sligh of Chicago furnature6/21/2007
  Q: The furniture from my original home has been found(circa 1948). Sligh of Chicago (blond in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. How wonderful to get this Dora. And furniture from the 40's is far superior ...
old printer's table/chest with marble top6/20/2007
  Q: I have acquired an old printer's table/chest (the drawers are filled with wooden and metal letter ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Without seeing this piece, I do not know if the finish under the gunk is in ...
refinishing duncan phyfe furniture6/19/2007
  Q: I am stripping some duncan phyfe chairs and would like to know what colour of stain I should use to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The chairs will still be pretty dark after the finish is stripped as long as ...
oak claw pedistal table6/18/2007
  Q: I purchased an old table about 40 years ago, and it seems that the finish is becoming dull, and the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First the veneer must be fixed..pronto..don't let this go. Then it sounds ...
Stripping Latex White Paint6/17/2007
  Q: Call me stupid, I went through a "shabby chic" phase and painted most of my heirlooms white (yep I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Good grief LOL...what a job you have in store. If this is actual wood inlays ...
Lemon oil wood diningroom set6/17/2007
  Q: I have Uncle Al's 1950 Cherry diningroom set. I have been cleaning it with lemon oil but have never ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Any finished wood areas should be waxed or in this case oiled as you prefer. ...
Oak chairs6/17/2007
  Q: we have 8 oak chairs from about the 1880s we have tried alot of things to bring out the oak hidden ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These chairs must have very dark varnish applied to them. There is just no ...
Hitchock6/16/2007
  Q: I have a Hitchcock dinning table. The finish on the one main section of the table has dulled. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Only consider refinishing as a last resort. It sounds like you are a long way ...
witz furniture6/14/2007
  Q: I was curious if you would know how I can find out what kind of wood my furniture is made of? I know ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The mineral spirits and super fine steel wool are the best cleaners for ...
iron beds6/11/2007
  Q: We have old iron beds at the cottage and would like to use them with mattresses and box springs. Is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes this is possible to do. I believe it involves welding brackets onto the ...
chair6/1/2007
  Q: I have what looks like a desk chair but iam confused because only the front legs have rollers the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well I guess you have a two roller chair LOL Sorry Harold but I could not ...
Ficks Reed furniture5/31/2007
  Q: I have a bedroom set of white Ficks Reed furniture from the 1970's. The finish on the two chairs has ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This type of furniture is great because you can paint it when it gets worn. ...
referral to Fred Taylor5/24/2007
  Q: Unfortunately, I can not ask him a question about my roll top desk because it says he is "maxed out" ...
  A: When you see maxed out beside an experts name it means they have reached the maximum number of ...
refinishing5/22/2007
  Q: I just purchased a Gov. Winthrop Style Secretary ( I think ) that needs to be cleaned up or ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. After the repairs are done, perhaps all the desk needs is a good cleaning and ...
Lane 1948 Cedar chest5/18/2007
  Q: I have a cedar chest that after calling to get the lock replacement from a recall I asked for the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Short of a refinish or reamalgamation of the finish, this type of repair is ...
furniture refinishing5/16/2007
  Q: I bought a dresser at a garage sale that is in very good condition, but i want to refinish it. I am ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well your piece is obviously mahogany as it has the mahogany Assoc. sticker ...
Hoosier by Showers Brother5/7/2007
  Q: I'm forced to sell my Hoosier & before I part with it I would greatly appreciate some information to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Do not consider this an "appraisal". This is only what I see Hoosiers sell ...
Duncan Fife table/restoration5/4/2007
  Q: My aunt just gave me her Duncan Fife dining room table and six chairs. Several of the chairs need ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Certainly try to avoid painting. The repairs sound minor in nature, and ...
cavalier cedar chest /bench5/1/2007
  Q: I found a beautiful cavalier cedar chest that has a back bar,it is painted red and part of the thin ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes the chest can be repaired. The outer wood will be thin veneer but this ...
1965 dresser by Thomasville4/30/2007
  Q: I have a dresser that is stamped with the date 1965 and made by Thomasville I'm waning to know the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Ashley this is a long way from being an antique....I'm older than your ...
Resurface nightstand4/25/2007
  Q: I have a 5 piece Thomasville (pine) King Bedroom set, manf. 1971. Both of the nightstands top finish ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. A 1971 bedroom suite will have a lacquer finish so this will have to be done ...
repaired scratches on mahogony4/10/2007
  Q: My son recently scratched my mahogany finish table with fingernails. The scratches were very ...
  A: It makes helping folks like you very rewarding. I cannot imagine the effects of the cloth will last ...
Berkley & Gay Bedroom4/7/2007
  Q: I have an eight piece Berkley & Gay bedroom set that I absolutely love, but it needs some repairs. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am up in Canada and cannot recommend anyone without seeing their work, but ...
Padouk Bedroom Set4/6/2007
  Q: I have recently inherited a Bedroom set made in the 1930, we think. It looks as though it is made ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. For this particular furniture, I think I would try this product for cleaning. ...
cutout shelf in sideboard4/4/2007
  Q: I just bought an antique sideboard and noticed one of the removable second level shelves inside is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. By cutout, do you mean this is only half a shelf? Sideboards were made with ...
Hitchcock bedroom set3/31/2007
  Q: I have a hitchcock bedroom set that has been passed down from my great grandmother. It has some ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a list of restorers. http://antiquerestorers.com/Member/CAT.htm ...
smell3/25/2007
  Q: i have an antique dresser whose drawers have a musty, for lack of a better term,smell how can i ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am very very familiar with this smell, and I call it musty too. This should ...
Widdicomb Furniture3/20/2007
  Q: I have a complete bedrooms set dated 1925. Somc of the Veneer is coming loose or has come off. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First the veneer must be fixed on this set or it will be garbage. Its close ...
Cedar Chest3/19/2007
  Q: I have two cedar chests made by my grandfather and great grandfathers. They are not painted. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The only way to strip a finish is with paint stripper. Then add a new finish. ...
furniture3/13/2007
  Q: what points would you consider when choosing a set of dining chairs to suit an existing mahogony ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I personally would consider cost. Condition would be next if these were used ...
furniture3/13/2007
  Q: what points would you consider when choosing suitable storage for books and ornaments to fit ...
  A: I am always a cost first person, so that is always my first consideration. If money was unlimited I ...
Antique cherry wood desk3/2/2007
  Q: I was given an antique cherrywood desk by my neighbor and it has this beautiful gold design going ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. As I have no idea where you are located Natacha, I am sending you an entire ...
cracks in wood3/1/2007
  Q: I am thinking of buying a 1870 spanish honey colored oak & chesnut side table but there are 2 cracks ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Hmmmmm...Interesting question. In general (as you asked), cracks indicate the ...
antique chair spring seat2/19/2007
  Q: Eileen, I have an antique wooden rocking chair with a tapestry upholstered seat. It is a spring ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. While I am not an expert in this area, I have done a few of these seats over ...
cedar chest2/8/2007
  Q: i have an old cedar chest with oxen driven wagon and people figures carved on the front and also ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Paint requires paint stripper to remove it. Just make sure its not the ...
Wobbly old maple rocker2/7/2007
  Q: Should a rocker be slightly/fairly wobbly? My husband says yes so the wood doesn't split. I say no. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I love this question LOL. OK here's what I think...and so I do not break up ...
Antigue Collector magazine2/6/2007
  Q: I have recently picked up a few bound sets of Antique Collector from the 1980's. As I gather, it ...
  A: I changed my search words and came up with lots of references to this magazine. ...
mahagony association, inc.2/4/2007
  Q: My neighbor threw out a mahagony association inc #125 desk that is is great condition. Would you ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a quote from an antique site that I found a while ago. Hope its ...
old gentleman's chair ..I guess2/1/2007
  Q: I have an antique chair that is rather large stuffed with horsehair it has the ball feet and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. A reputable upholestry shop will be able to do this job. It will be your ...
Longines wrist watch1/30/2007
  Q: eileen I.am currently interested in buying a brand new longines automatic wrist watch, i am ...
  A: Sorry this is not my field of expertise, but would you kindly try one of the experts at this link ...
Dresser1/18/2007
  Q: I have a chest of drawers I believe it is from some time in the 1800's, I think it is mahogany but ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the finish on top of this treasured piece is non existent, it must be ...
Repair old Picture frane1/14/2007
  Q: This frame's surface appears to be cracking is missing some small pieces. I believe that the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Just copied and pasted these directions for you John. I have repaired ...
connected bench and table1/10/2007
  Q: I bought this bench and table at an antique action, it was in pieces and alot of the green paint is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is the only pictures I could find of these bench tables. There are a lot ...
wood tables1/10/2007
  Q: I am just beginning to get interested in refinishing wood; I seem to have a natural ability I didn't ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. How wonderful that you like doing this work. Not many people do. Its time ...
antique furniture cleaning1/6/2007
  Q: I recently acquired my grandmothers bedroom set. It is from approx 1929. It is Berkey and Gay. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. A gentle cleaning with soap and water is all I would do. If this fails to ...
BERKEY & GAYFurniture Co.1/6/2007
  Q: My dad purchased a complete bedroom set (5 pieces)from the T.Eaton store in Montreal, Quebec in 1926 ...
  A: What a nice letter this is, and how right you are about the carpet. Another thing I notice is that a ...
Hitchcock Furniture1/4/2007
  Q: I am getting a set of 8 Hitchcock chairs, a dining table with leaves, a dresser, two nightstands, a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First try the simple way with good old soap and water. I would use Murphys ...
refishing1/2/2007
  Q: i was given a 2 piece hall tree made of oak. it has been strained heavily. what would be the best ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. How great that you were given such a nice piece. And oak is one of the nicest ...
Hitchcock China Closet12/8/2006
  Q: We bought a hitchcock dining room suite from an antique dealer. It is probably from the 60s or 70s. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I just had a look at Van Dykes Restoration supply section in hopes that this ...
cavalier cedar chest12/7/2006
  Q: need a key and the veneer is missing on the lid edge what do u think i should do
  A: Nice to hear from you. A key is readily available at any locksmiths. Just remove the entire locking ...
Refinishing an old rope bed12/4/2006
  Q: Eileen, I have an old rope bed that physically is in great shape but needs refinishing. I started ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sometimes its trial and error finding the correct stripper for different ...
Old Wood Market12/4/2006
  Q: I live in the Mid west and have a lot of access to old wood,whether its barn or whatever. Some of it ...
  A: Sorry you were disappointed with my answer but I felt I answered your question of "Is there any ...
Duncan Pfife Desk11/30/2006
  Q: I bought an older desk at "antique store" Looks just like my mothers, a duncan pfife, is there a way ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There is no way you or I could tell if your desk is genuine. Read this to get ...
Crocker chair company set11/27/2006
  Q: I have a family heirloom of six chairs and one arm chair along with a round dining table that has ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would need an in depth description of the repairs these pieces need before ...
Mildew in an old trunk11/20/2006
  Q: I purchased an old wood trunk, probably from India, and there is a strong musty smell inside as ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Give this trunk a wash inside with a bleach and water solution. About 1/2 cup ...
penn table company11/19/2006
  Q: I just inheritated a antique table that has been passed down through our family. My mom said she ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I was not able to locate anything further about this company. The table was ...
antique slant front secretary desk11/18/2006
  Q: I inherited this desk which belonged to my Irish Immigrant grandmother this year. I am very nervous ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Mary if a side of this wonderful desk is splitting it needs attention. If the ...
Repair of old chests11/17/2006
  Q: My wife inherited two old chests (probably from the 1800's). The first is a "real" chest with ...
  A: Nice to hear from you Here are two links where you will find the parts you need. ...
replacing vaneer11/16/2006
  Q: I am in the process of stripping off paint on my grandmother's dresser. I know the vaneer will need ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I don't want to discourage you but if all the veneer needs replacing I would ...
Cavalier Chest11/16/2006
  Q: I purchased a cedar chest at a antique store and found a tag nailed to the bottom that said ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I love these old chests and have several. All the info that is available ...
antique?11/13/2006
  Q: i have recently receved a chair from my grandmother no one can tell me anything about this chair my ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your chair is called a saddle chair. There are 2 examples of saddle chairs at ...
desk11/12/2006
  Q: I purchased a desk at a auction which has a name plate attatched inside left drawer with the name ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First the veneer should be repaired. If its just loose veneer you can force ...
old glass11/12/2006
  Q: Could you tell me how to get film off of old glass? thanks
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the film is on the inside of a vase for instance, I use coarse sand and ...
Stain on Furniture10/10/2006
  Q: I placed a somewhat warm pizza box on a dinning room table (fruitwood). It created a white/cloudy ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am sorry to hear this has happened. Get some super fine steel wool and dip ...
Restoring a finish10/10/2006
  Q: Eileen Just purchased a '40s complete mahogany dining set. Love it but wonder if the orininal ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Ted why not try one of the newer products for this job. Here is one I am ...
refinishing old wardrobe10/8/2006
  Q: I kept a old wardrobe (closet) that my mother-in-law was going to toss out...with plans to convert ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Why not first try a good cleaning with fine steel wool dipped in mineral ...
refurbishing a trunk10/8/2006
  Q: Some asked about refurbishing a trunk...her question was: I have an old trunk that was my great ...
  A: OH OH this old girl is missing the mark at times LOL Here is the link that will help with your ...
KARPEN Rocker10/7/2006
  Q: I was just given a Rocker that needed some work. I was told it was passed down from our friends ...
  A: Eileen back to you again Mark I found this on Karpen Furniture... Three of the largest makers of ...
Howard Vincent upright10/5/2006
  Q: I recently got a piano from my wife's family. It is a Howard Vincent upright Piano from ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Ryan its been my experience here in Canada that these old pianos are not ...
Hoosier--style cabinet10/2/2006
  Q: My grandpa gave me a hoosier style cabinet that he had acquired at some point in time. I know the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a link where I hope you will find what you are looking for. Be ...
cadillac cabinet company table/desk10/1/2006
  Q: I have this desk and it has some sun damage and maybe some water damage. Grain is not raised but ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Certainly try the product your friend mentioned before a complete refinish. ...
furniture repair10/1/2006
  Q: I bought an oak table at an auction. It has a place on it that looks like someone has set something ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry about this but the table top will have to be refinished. Having said ...
cleaning hitchcock chairs9/30/2006
  Q: i may be purchasing 6 old Hitchcock chairs, it looks as if they had chair pads on them that may ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This could be tricky to remove if the pads were on a good length of time, but ...
1970 Thomasville Living Room Furniture9/29/2006
  Q: I have a Thomasville Living Room set (French Provincial style). It is a sofa, love seat and winged ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am of the opinion that furniture made in the 70's is superior in ...
wood split9/29/2006
  Q: Ms. Cronk, I bought a marble top desk I was told was fruitwood. There are slight splits or cracks in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These splits are caused by climate change. There is nothing you can do about ...
curio glass replacement9/28/2006
  Q: As you mentioned in an answer, the curved curio glass can be reproduced. Could you please let me ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am up in Canada, but heres a list of glass restorers. Scroll down till you ...
Removing paint from old tin document boxes9/22/2006
  Q: I am in need of removing old paint (and some rust) on 2 old tin document boxes that I have so that I ...
  A: Sorry about the other responce but I thought I had answered your question and the site had made a ...
Duncan Pfife loveseat - is it real?9/20/2006
  Q: I have a handcarved - seems to be cherry - Duncan Pfife loveseat numbered 129. Could this be the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I found this bit of history on Duncan Phyfe The world of antiques is ...
Berkley & Gay Furniture9/20/2006
  Q: Firstly, you sound like a wonderful person! My question is; I have a B&G Bedroom Suite. The bed is ...
  A: Certainly do not get too agressive as you say, but try this. Slightly dampen a rag with some mineral ...
Wood finish repair9/19/2006
  Q: We have an antique secretary desk. To remove a water ring I was told to let Johnsons oil soap sit ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Oh I am sorry to hear this has happened. And it sounds to me like it has ...
H.P.Robertson Table Company9/4/2006
  Q: I purchased a table at Estate Sale the is approx. 36" wide, 12" deep and 36" high. The label in the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First off you must like the table if you purchased it..right? And the table ...
wood9/4/2006
  Q: We purchased this dresser from a garage sale. We are unsure of what kind of wood it is made from. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I could tell you the wood with a nice clear picture. Its also possible that ...
Cavalier ceder chest9/1/2006
  Q: We recently moved into a newer house and I had been looking fo some kind of chest to go into the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here is a site that will tell you all there is to know about these chests. ...
water damage and crack in Cedar chest lid8/31/2006
  Q: I have recieved from a very dear friend a cedar chest that her parents recieved upon their wedding ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I like your idea of putting a cushion and trim on the lid. But first you want ...
Buy or fix my old rolltop desk8/30/2006
  Q: I have an old rolltop desk. Oak viniar and in good working order (roll is excellet, drawers good, ...
  A: Harris Nice to hear from you. OK..heres my opinion LOL..for what its worth. It will cost in the ...
Musty smell in Baby furniture8/29/2006
  Q: My wife and I are having our first baby and we are borrowing her sisters crib and changing table. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First I would try Murphys oil soap on the crib (hardware store). It will not ...
refinishing Hitchcock chairs8/29/2006
  Q: I Have 6 Hitchcock Chairs that we use everyday. They have become very worn,all of them have become ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes its possible but it will sure cost a lot. I would remove this gummy stuff ...
Repair tambour on rolltop desk8/29/2006
  Q: We have a lovely oak Riverside rolltop desk that we purchased in 1990. The tambour was repaired ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes the entire top and cubby section will have to be removed. Then the ...
Refinishing/Repairing Buffet Table8/28/2006
  Q: I was given an antique buffet table which needs repair. I doubt it is worth much of anything, but ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First do any repairs and fill any gouges or holes with wood filler and sand ...
Emerson Upright Piano8/28/2006
  Q: I was given an Emerson Upright Piano--serial 101840. It is in good shape overall, keys are all ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Jennifer it should not cost thousands to have your piano refinished, but at ...
identify chair type8/24/2006
  Q: My grandma's dining room set is missing one chair. I would like to find one but don't know the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sharon you do not need to identify the style to get a replacement ...
About wooden boxes8/24/2006
  Q: Good day! About a year and a half ago, my beloved brother finished his work here and passed. He ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is important to you and your family and you must get a proper appraisal ...
Malfunctioning Rolltop8/23/2006
  Q: We recently purchased a Cutler Rolltop desk. When we got it home, reassembled it and tried to open ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Well I certainly have an understanding of how a roll top desk is suppossed to ...
Tea Caddy8/16/2006
  Q: I am now wondering how I can make the tea caddy usable again. It smells slightly musty and I had ...
  A: Yes as you say airing helps, and also a wash with a mild household bleach solution. Just damp rag ...
Refinishing of old cedar chest8/5/2006
  Q: My husband inherited an Ed Roos Cedar Chest from his mother. Unfortunately, it has several water ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This top will have to be stripped and refinished. There is no other way. A ...
antique wood finishing8/3/2006
  Q: This is a two-part question. First: I bought a historic house, built around 1760, with a 1970s ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes strip, sand (if necessary), apply your choice of stain color (I use ...
Removing black mold/mildew and general grime on an antique icebox7/31/2006
  Q: I would like to remove the aforementioned black mold/mildew from the oak surface of an icebox. The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Try superfine steel wool dipped in a bleach solution for removing this mold. ...
taylor chair company7/29/2006
  Q: Do you get many questions about the Taylor Chair Company? I'm researching the company's history for ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have recieved a couple of questions about this company Russ and the info I ...
renovating furniture7/19/2006
  Q: My cousin and myself have accumulated several pieces of furniture over the past 6 months or so, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the chairs had gloss paint on them they would be pretty hard to sell. So ...
bedroom furniture7/18/2006
  Q: What is the best way to find out what type of wood and how to refinish bedroom furniture we have ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If you cannot tell the type of wood your furniture is, you will have to get ...
wooten desk7/18/2006
  Q: I have a Wooten desk. It was purchased by my great grandfather around 1876, I have the original ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a very interesting question and I will give you my best answer which ...
Cleaning antique Macey Bookcase7/16/2006
  Q: I have just inherited my parents Macey 3 High Section Bookcase made of oak. I'm not interested in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. For this I would use mineral spirits as a cleaner and if the dirt is heavy ...
berkley and gay bed7/13/2006
  Q: I have just purchased two maching twin beds with metal stamping berkley and gay. The bed is stamped ...
  A: Opps..I pressed send before I had finished Ann I wanted you to read this info about Berkley and Gay ...
wood identification7/11/2006
  Q: I was wondering if you could help me figure out what type of wood I have for a vintage carved ...
  A: Here is a picture of birds eye maple. http://www.dustystrings.com/building/birdseye_options.shtml ...
Mahogany association inc.7/9/2006
  Q: I ran across your name while searching the web for information on "Mahogany association inc." I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your hutch will be made of mahogany veneer over plywood. As you probably ...
Chest - Leather Handles7/6/2006
  Q: I have an old chest that needs to have the handles replaced. The pieces that hold the handles in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. All these old trunks are made like yours, and I have replaced lots of the ...
Widdicomb furniture7/4/2006
  Q: I just purchased a nine drawer dresser with matching king-sized head board and mirror on e-bay for ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Excellent buy you got. Being a lover of wood, I hate to see it painted, but ...
french country desk6/28/2006
  Q: I have just purchased a french country writing desk from the early 1800's. There is a split going ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This split can certainly be repaired and its a repair I have done on ...
Penn Table Company6/28/2006
  Q: I have a matching dining table, 6 chairs and buffet. There is a paper label on the underside of the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The Penn Table Company was in business from 1913 to 1935 in Huntington WVa so ...
Union Wire Mattress Company Single Bed6/28/2006
  Q: I recently purchased a very beautiful single bed at a flea market it is an Eclipse> When I bought ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First finish the repairs taking care that all residue glue is removed before ...
Stripping6/23/2006
  Q: I just discovered this site and I've been reading some of your past answers. I'm interested in your ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am happy to share my "secrets" with you. The first thing you must do is ...
what is it called6/21/2006
  Q: I just wanted to know what the wood (Box?) that printer's for a news paper, called the letter, or ...
  A: Me again Sandy My hubby says its a printers type set box...and he's older than I am..LOL Hi Sandy ...
buffet drawer dragging6/20/2006
  Q: I have an antique buffett and the top drawer drags when pulled out on the bottom and is chewing up ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are very wise not to use the drawer until its fixed. Most people just ...
Sewing Machine in need of restoration6/19/2006
  Q: Eileen, I have just inherited a Singer Sewing machine that has a patented date of Dec 1, 1891 and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Some rust can be removed with "naval jelly" available at hardware stores, but ...
1930's Ed Roos Cedar Chest6/17/2006
  Q: I do not want an appraisal, just some in finding out where I could get this info to sell it. We'd ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry for the delay in answering this but my internet was knocked out due to ...
leather inlay tables6/12/2006
  Q: I recently purchased two double tier leather inlay end tables. The leather is a bit worn, can I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Like you I could find nothing about Marcek Furniture. You can use "saddle ...
antique iron bed6/11/2006
  Q: I have just purchased an antique iron bed frame in very good condition. However it is painted a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You have three options for this job. The very best thing to do would be to ...
unusual rocking chair6/10/2006
  Q: There was a question asked of you about a rocking chair with a sewing drawer on the right side and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I clearly remember that question and my response to it. Unfortunately I ...
Stripper6/10/2006
  Q: I read one of your answer regarding refinishing a mahogony bed. You suggested different types or ...
  A: Its really nice to know that someone follows my advice LOL. I am in Canada and use the Home Hardware ...
Taylor Chair Company chair6/9/2006
  Q: I have just bought an old (seems to be) Taylor Chair Co. Solid Wood office chari. I am unsure what ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I found this about the company who made your chair. Established in 1816, ...
varnish first or not6/3/2006
  Q: I am in the a process of hitchcocking a unfinished toy box. I have painted the box with a flat black ...
  A: Personally I would varnish after stencilling for durability. Just make certain the varnish is ...
Berkey and Gay Double Bed circa 1930s6/2/2006
  Q: I live in Los Angeles and need to know how to repair the wear/stress damaged legs of my Berkey and ...
  A: Sorry about last night. Here is a bit I picked from the internet about the company that made your ...
Leather and Spring Seats5/25/2006
  Q: I have four old (1920's-40's)wood dining chairs. The seats are dark leather with brass "buttons" ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In all my travels, I have never seen old dining chairs as you describe with ...
taylor chair co antique5/23/2006
  Q: I have what I believe to be a turn of the century law office swivel chair. Many years ago, I thought ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Heres a bit I found on the Taylor Chair company... Established in 1816, ...
I think I may have won a Jacobean Dining Set5/18/2006
  Q: I've never been into antiques or fine furniture at all but recently got extra money and needed a ...
  A: Sorry I cannot be more helpful though. The label should be clearly visible on the underside of the ...
Refurbishing Empire Chair5/18/2006
  Q: I have found a gorgeous antique empire chair someone recently dumped near our house in Baltimore ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You sound like a person after my own heart. I love these finds, and what a ...
Govnor Wintrope Secratary Slant top Desk5/16/2006
  Q: Just purchase a Govnor Winthrop destk with a Mathogany Association label on the inside of the top ...
  A: I found this further info for you regarding your desk. Also I do not think a specific book would be ...
i have a cedar chest which...5/15/2006
  Q: i have a cedar chest which is about 50 yrs. old. and would like to refinish it. should i sand it, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Do not sand the outside of this chest. Strip it, stain, then apply 3 or 4 ...
cleaning antique furniture5/14/2006
  Q: I have very recently inharited some wood antique furniture and need to know how to clean it so as ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. For this furniture I would get a can of mineral spirits and a box of ...
Trying to identify wooden bucket5/13/2006
  Q: It isn't quite furniture, but I was wondering if you might be able to help identify a wooden bucket ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The description does not ring a bell. But actually I have made cheese myself ...
Wooden cedar chest5/11/2006
  Q: I would love to know what I can use to clean my great-gmas chest it is from the 1800's and my son ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. So sorry this has happened. I am afraid you will have to get a bit aggressive ...
Duncan Phyfe5/11/2006
  Q: Eileen - I have a "bureau" / "dresser" I don't know what to call it. It belongs as a sideboard in a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am way up in Canada Nicky and would have no idea where to look down there ...
Berkey and Fay bedroom set5/11/2006
  Q: I have stripped painted furniture before but never refinished nice pieces like these. Any detailed ...
  A: Even with your limited experience, I feel you can do this job just fine. Stripping paint is much ...
knock down wardrobe5/9/2006
  Q: We have a knock down wardrobe that is in our basement. We are getting ready to move in two days and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I sure hope I can help or you may have to leave the wardrobe behind LOL ...
Refinish or not5/6/2006
  Q: I purchased an complete 1910 Berkey and Fay bedroom set at an estate sale. It is made of burl ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I get asked this question the most. And I think if you read your words the ...
Duncan Fife Antique Dining Room Set4/30/2006
  Q: We have the above DF dining set from the 40's, but have no room for it in our new home. Where would ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. "Honest" is the key word here isn't it? I would ask an antique dealer to do ...
hathaway wooden floor sweeper4/30/2006
  Q: I HAVE AQUIRED A HATHAWAY WOODEN FLOOR OR CARPET SWEEPER WITH A PLAQUE ON THE HANDLE NO/743.I CANNOT ...
  A: I just had this asked of me and I would like to know if you want to talk to this man about your ...
1893 Ticket Booth from Columbian Expo4/29/2006
  Q: 1893 Ticket Booth I have the ticket booth for the Libby Glass Building Exhibit on the Midway at ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What an interesting item this is. My advice would be to get a local appraiser ...
cleaning glass bottles4/27/2006
  Q: I have these antique glass bottles that just won't come clean. I've tried a lot of things, what can ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. For dirt on the inside, try some rough small gravel stones placed inside, ...
antique sideboard4/25/2006
  Q: My antique sideboard is lovely but the top has become very cloudy and murky. I've tried a few ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am surprised you did not have any luck with the products you tried, but ...
Victorian book holder styles4/21/2006
  Q: My grandmother has a Victorian reading chair that belonged to her father-in-law's father, it has ...
  A: An exhaustive search turned up nothing. The only thing I could find was a Victorian reading stand ...
Dry wooden trunk4/20/2006
  Q: My mother has an old wooden trunk that was brought over by her family when they immigrated here ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Under normal conditions wood should not dry to this extent in the home. Yes ...
antique rolltop4/20/2006
  Q: Firstly ,let me apologize for my brutal spelling. I did not proof the -note and you probably think i ...
  A: If the finish is in bad shape you will not diminish its value by replacing it if the job is done ...
desk finish4/18/2006
  Q: I am trying to buy a rolltop desk. the ones that have been refinished and are old(I am told) look ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I must say Chris this is one of the most interesting question I have had. On ...
cleaning and polishing old furniture4/17/2006
  Q: I have received some old furniture from my mother and need to know what is the best way to clean it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am not familiar with this "Wood Elixer", but if it does not contain ...
Musical Intrument4/17/2006
  Q: I am wanting to find out about a small size organ which seems to me very old, : its name Organa - ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This sounds like a lovely piece, but unfortunately I can give you no help in ...
antique mantel boards4/14/2006
  Q: I read your response to the lady re refinishing her antique mantel, and found it helpful, however, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you and thank you for the positive feedback. Tung oil or any finish will seal in ...
Rocking Chair4/8/2006
  Q: I inherited a rocking chair from my great grandmother. It is large maybe oak with wide arms, dark ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Without seeing your chair it's impossible to guess its original state but ...
Windsor Rocker3/31/2006
  Q: How do I restore the Windsor Rocking chair?
  A: Nice to hear from you. Without knowing what exactly is wrong with you Windsor rocker its a little ...
info identifying type and make of furniture3/31/2006
  Q: I would appreciate any help you can give. I acquired my grandmothers dining room set, bed and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. We have an expert on this site who may help you. Unfortunately this question ...
wooden wine cart3/24/2006
  Q: I bought an old wooden wine cart at a thrift shop. Underneath it is has Kimbair and a logo.It also ...
  A: Isn't it fun finding these unusual items? Cannot help with the company, but the cleaning I can. If ...
Chaise Lounger3/21/2006
  Q: While cleaning an attic in the historical district of town, I came across a dusty old chaise ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a great question. I am going to answer it as if I owned this piece. ...
vintage cedar chest3/17/2006
  Q: I recently purchased a vintage waterfall cedar chest. I think it is covered in a walnut veneer, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a wonderful idea to give this chest to your daughter at her shower. I ...
oak bookcase1/13/2006
  Q: I'm considering purchasing an old "lawyers" bookcase, the kind that has individual units that stack ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. And this question is not scattered at all. I fully understand where you are ...
Cavalier Cedar Chest1/11/2006
  Q: I am attempting to find out advice from someone who knows something about how to go about ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Unfortunately there is no way to remove the paint without removing the ...
oak chairs1/10/2006
  Q: We have six oak chairs, approx. 30 yrs old. The legs keep coming apart-the "spindles" won't stay in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Oh this can be a miserable problem. Now what I am going to suggest is ...
Antique Polyphone Music Bos1/10/2006
  Q: My music box from around 1890 - 1900 has a lid that has cracked. Is it possible to repair this at ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This box sounds lovely and must have very careful restoration by an expert. I ...
Reading Words On Wood1/10/2006
  Q: I have a lap desk, and there is an inscription wriiten in pencil on the inside. I can only make out ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Have a good magnifying glass close at hand then spit on the end of your ...
Wooden Washing Tub Stand1/9/2006
  Q: I have an old wooden washing stand with the two side stands for tubs to be placed on, a hand crank ...
  A: Nice to hear from you Aren't these old things great? But can you imagine doing your wash that way ...
old picture frame1/9/2006
  Q: I purchased and old picture frame with a diploma in it from 1895 at a garage sale for $1.00. im not ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The frame will be worth more than the diploma I suspect but it is certainly a ...
Beds1/9/2006
  Q: I am brand new at looking for antiques and I'm eager to learn! I just moved into a new house, and I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Antique beds only come in double size, but if you find a nice old head board ...
lane cedar chect with lock1/8/2006
  Q: I just inherited a Lane cedar chest from my husbands grandma. It's two levels with 10"-12" legs. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Beth before you do anything else, get the locking device off that chest. Its ...
corner cupboard1/4/2006
  Q: I just bought a 16-pane, one piece Pennsylvania walnut corner cupboard at an auction. Looks to be ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This walnut cupboard sounds lovely. I'm afraid the answer is yes to both your ...
an artist who made old lamp1/2/2006
  Q: I know nothing about antiques, but I came across an old lamp shaped like a duck. The signature of ...
  A: Nice to hear from you After a Google search, I found out a bit about Thomas Taber. Now I cannot tell ...
Old Wood Buffet1/2/2006
  Q: I ran into a veneer top on an old wood buffet that I am refinishing. Due to my stripping methods, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am sorry this has happened. Certainly try to repair the veneer. If that ...
Jenny Lind Cribs12/29/2005
  Q: How do you know if you have an original Jenny Lind Crib? We came across a crib and cradle. Thank ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You will have to get someone who knows old furniture to look at your crib, ...
what shade antique green garden furniture12/28/2005
  Q: I have some pieces of Victorian furniture painted green. I think they were painted well after they ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Here are two sites that I hope will help you. There are literally thousands ...
Duncan Phife couch12/26/2005
  Q: I recently re-acquired a Duncan Phife couch from my ex that needs to be reworked, including new ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Judy the $900 to $1000 sounds a very reasonable price to have this couch re ...
repairing vaneer12/26/2005
  Q: I recently purchased a matching old dresser and vanity. It is in really good shape except on the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes veneer can be gently sanded, but it sounds to me like the top of this ...
old tall secretary12/21/2005
  Q: I have this nice piece and don't have a clue what it is or where it came from or the year it was ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a lovely piece of furniture this is. Its called a "slant front ...
Antique hinges12/17/2005
  Q: I need to buy some brass hinges for an antique writing box,It's 19 th century amd in dire neeed of ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If you look around at some antique stores in your area you should find what ...
wooden stools11/30/2005
  Q: I have an old wooden stool that the stairs go into the stool....underneath.....would you know were I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Old stools like this are quite common but becoming collectable if they are ...
glass repair11/22/2005
  Q: two items: A lotus blossom candle holder and a heavy glass book end. Both pieces it appears that ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have had good sucess with a china glue for this type of repair. This glue ...
furniture11/14/2005
  Q: I recently purchased a wooden folding table with the name "Burrowes Feather Weight Folding Table" ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry about the delay in getting to you but high winds knocked out our ...
Value of James Garfield picture11/14/2005
  Q: would you happen to know or know of someone that may know something of old photos? This may or may ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry for the delay in getting to you but high winds knocked out our ...
old cupboards11/13/2005
  Q: How do I get the "canned food" smell out of an old cupboard? Can it be done without removing the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This smell is hard to get rid of. If you have already washed it with bleach, ...
clean old wood mirror11/13/2005
  Q: My friend just recieved what she was told was an antique wood framed mirror. The wood has quite a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Do not use lemon juice LOL. Do you have mineral spirits or varsol. Just ...
Roos Mfg Co Cedar Chest11/10/2005
  Q: I was about to repair and varnish a cedar chest when I noticed the marking on the bottom and thought ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Aren't these old chests lovely. Bonnie if the chest needs a bit of fixing up ...
Mahogany bedroom suite11/9/2005
  Q: I have a 65 year old solid mahogany bedroom set that needs to be cleaned or refinished. Could you ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Why not try a good cleaning before even thinking of refinishing. An entire ...
re paste wax11/7/2005
  Q: Ms. Cronk, You responded to my last e-mail by suggesting that I use paste wax on my carved oak ...
  A: Got the exact name of the wax for you. I use briwax and have great results with it although waxing ...
Antique China Cabinet11/7/2005
  Q: Cronk: I have an antique china cabinet that I inherited from my great grandmother. I believe she ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Without pictures there is nothing much I can tell you about this cabinet ...
antique table?11/4/2005
  Q: I have a MERSMAN Library table with a #357 stamped on the underside, along with some pencil writing ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. At this point in your tables life it will not be worth much if the wood on ...
proper wood care11/4/2005
  Q: I have a large German griffin carved from oak wood. What can I use to keep it from eventually ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It will be the climate in your house which will determine if your carving ...
150 yr old trunk11/2/2005
  Q: I inherited a 150 year old trunk from my grandparents. It has a queen's crest on top and is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Betty they make a special lotion for leather to keep it supple. I would try ...
Organ11/1/2005
  Q: I will not ask you how much it is worth but I really need to know if it is worth something?I have a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The man you talked to was correct...they are not worth much. Two reasons for ...
Table that came on Mayflower10/25/2005
  Q: I have been given a table that came to this country on the Mayflower. I want to know how to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Chances are the table never came on the Mayflower. If all the furniture that ...
old secretary10/24/2005
  Q: I have an old secretary from my grandparent's home. It has a drop leaf front which serves as the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you Sorry about the delay in getting back to you but my server has been down. Anne ...
Globe10/18/2005
  Q: I have been told that globes come under the furniture catagory, i have come across a dirty globe ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am glad you stopped cleaning when you did. Its possible you could have ...
Furniture refinishing10/18/2005
  Q: After having an old oak library table stripped and stained I had the refinisher wax the piece with ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It was not a wise choice to skip putting a finish on this table, but if you ...
Child's table & chairs10/13/2005
  Q: I have an old white metal framed child's small cardtable with 2 chairs. The table has a green ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. While I have seen lots of old childrens tables and chairs over the years, I ...
Lane cedar chest10/10/2005
  Q: My mother passed on to me a Lane Cedar Chest Colonial Low Boy"Amesbury" .I just want to know approx. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First off, if the locking device has not been removed from this chest, please ...
Antique Breakfast table--cleaning top10/9/2005
  Q: We have a very old antique wood table that has been and is used for family eating. It is about ca. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the table is used everyday with children around, you must get the wood ...
cleaning/refinishing dining room table & chairs10/9/2005
  Q: I received an antique (mahogany?) dining room table & 6 chairs that has been stored in a barn for ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The only thing to remove contact paper residue is varsol. And it can also be ...
Duncan Fife sofa10/2/2005
  Q: I recently "inherited" a sofa from some people who going to dispose of it in favor of something more ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The fabric will need to be removed around the edges where the fabric meets ...
Roos Cedar Chest9/28/2005
  Q: I understand you do not do appraisals. Where or how can I found out how much the Roos Cedar chest ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There is a gentleman on our site who may help you with this. His name is Fred ...
Antique glass window pane9/27/2005
  Q: I have a china hutch that is around 150 years old, and has been in my family for many many years. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Oh I am sorry you broke a pane of glass in your hutch. But don't despair, it ...
Antique sewing rocker information9/25/2005
  Q: I have this old sewing rocker that has been in my family for a long time. It was given to me in the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In all my years of working on old furniture I have never came across a chair ...
Empire Chair Company9/19/2005
  Q: Can you give me any information about a company from Johnson City TN called Empire Chair Company. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. A Google search found quite a bit of info about these companys. Too much for ...
sanding9/15/2005
  Q: I just bought a solid bar stool chair. Some of it was stained a red color and the rest was not. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Becky, you did not tell me what kind of wood this is, but in all cases I ...
Removing paint9/13/2005
  Q: I found an old, tilt top school desk at the trash dump. There was what looked like a foam rubber ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sounds to me like you are in need of a paint removing heat gun. Very ...
cleaning wood antiques, mold and protecting it9/11/2005
  Q: I have some wood antiques that my dad put in storage before he died. They are getting moldy and I ...
  A: Sorry for the delay in getting to you. The site was having trouble I guess, and I only just received ...
unfinished antique fireplace mantle9/9/2005
  Q: I am about to purchase a wooden antique mantle that once had a finish but has been stripped and left ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You should take the mantle apart if you have to cut it. I fear you could hit ...
The correct name of a manufacturer9/8/2005
  Q: I have a debate with my boss about the correct spelling of a "Jenny Lynn or Lind" Bed. Could you ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a fun question. I go along with you. Lind. Like you I found both ...
musty smell9/6/2005
  Q: How do I get the musty smell out of old cabinets and drawers?
  A: Nice to hear from you. This musty smell (I know it well), can be removed by giving all interiors of ...
refurbishing Mirror9/4/2005
  Q: I have a mirror that is dated 05/03/1916, it is streaked. I would like information on refurbishing ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You can certainly get a mirror resilvered, but the price is prohibitive, and ...
Antique Armoire8/31/2005
  Q: My wife recently purchased an antique 5 piece armoire. The piece includes: 1. Middle base section ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would like to see the pictures of this piece if I may. Certainly sounds ...
refinishing furniture8/31/2005
  Q: I just inherited a bedroom dresser with mirror made by the Bell Furniture Co. in Ontario in the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This will be a great winter project. Here is an outline of the basic ...
types of wood8/27/2005
  Q: Is there a good referance source to determine what kinds of wood were used for furniture in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What an interesting question this is, and I must be honest in saying that I ...
berkey and gay refurbishing8/19/2005
  Q: purchased an old three piece painted bedroom set from berkey and gay. paint is olive with painted ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I'm afraid all you can do to this set is a cleaning and live with it if you ...
Burrowes Folding Tables8/16/2005
  Q: Good Afternoon Eileen I have two Burrowes folding Tables, wood frame, wood legs. Made in Cinn, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I believe these tables were originally made with wood tops and the carboard ...
wood type8/1/2005
  Q: i started stripping an old rocking chair and don't know what kind of wood it is. it is very hard has ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. From your description, your chair has been treated with a stain to give it ...
wobbly table8/1/2005
  Q: I bought an old oak tilt top table with a sort of split pedestal that have 4 legs coming up each ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These pedestal tables can be a problem as you are finding out. First get the ...
Advice: Globe Parlor Furniture / Chair Reupholstery7/30/2005
  Q: I am seeking re-upholstery advice on possible antique. I have a Globe Parlor wing chair that a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your chair is not a real antique, but its certainly old..80 years is getting ...
wood repair7/29/2005
  Q: I have an old roll top desk sitting in the basement. It is in good shape except for a few spots ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The peeling wood is called veneer and it should be fixed now or it will get ...
should I refinish and how7/28/2005
  Q: I have a table and six chairs that I believe to be antique. A tag on the underside of the table ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This set sounds lovely, but I doubt its antique from what you describe. ...
Antique Chairs7/27/2005
  Q: My boss is looking for a picture of an antique chair with a wood back that has the stopper? on the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I have heard of this. I just looked through my antique books for you to ...
what to buy7/19/2005
  Q: I would love some advice on what wood items to buy to refinish. I am a stay at ome mom and just ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gosh does your letter bring back memories. I too once purchased fibre board ...
Is my furniture "collectable"?7/19/2005
  Q: I have two pieces of Kling furniture, a tall dresser and a short dresser with mirror. Cherry ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would say your pieces are certainly becoming collectable. I just did a ...
refinish or not?7/18/2005
  Q: I purchase a Rockwood sideboard at a yard sale. It appears to be quite old. I love it the way it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I get asked this question a lot Monica, and I usually ask a question ...
refurb marble7/11/2005
  Q: I recently bought a victorian side board. It has a beautiful tile back splash ( i cleaned with ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are correct..your marble top is not a car. I would hesitate to use car ...
Antique Trunk7/11/2005
  Q: I have an old Whittle Trunk that does not have a label in the lid. It soes however have a picture of ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. While I am not at all familiar with Whittle Trunks, I am hoping this site ...
arm chair7/11/2005
  Q: I found four of these chairs it has a number on the bottom of it would this # mean it is a antique ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These chairs are definately not antiques Kimberly, but are exactly my age ...
used carpet may have holes or rot?7/11/2005
  Q: I got a ridiculously cheap carpet at a flea market -- it looks like a prayer rug. There are some ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Jenny the only thing I can think has happened to this rug is moisture. The ...
Cedar Chest7/9/2005
  Q: I and my wife bought a very unusal cedar chest a few years ago and have been trying to identify it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I would like to see the pictures of this chest...out of curiousity if ...
restoring an old tin trunk7/6/2005
  Q: I have a tin (think) suitcase, quite large, almost like a trunk, with brass (I think) corners and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First off, try a paste made of white vinegar and white table salt on the ...
Cavalier Cedar Chest7/6/2005
  Q: I have a cedar chest which contains an metal insignia that says cavalier. It is stamped on the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your chest sounds lovely and it would be great to find out all you can about ...
worm eaten wood7/5/2005
  Q: Someone gave my son an antique cabinet made in Mexico. The piece is nice, but one section has black ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. My first thought on reading your letter was these bugs are Powder Post ...
chest of drawers7/2/2005
  Q: I purchased a chest w/five drawers. It has enlay with shell in corners. I really didn't care if it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I really like this question. The usual standard for an antique is it has to ...
unknown furniture type7/2/2005
  Q: I have recently aquired a very unusual coffee table. It has wood inlaid flowers, Chrysanthiums? The ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I cannot offer much help with your table only to say that chrysanthimums are ...
Old trunk7/1/2005
  Q: I have an old trunk that was my great grandmother's and I would like to refurbish it myself. What ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. How nice to have something like this that belonged to your Great Grama. I am ...
Dropleaf table6/28/2005
  Q: I was given a drop leaf table with pedestals on each end with claw feet legs going in opposite ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You can level your table by removing the pedestal on the low end and add some ...
what is it?6/28/2005
  Q: I have a piece in my basement that I do not even know what to call it to look it up or ask an ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I could look at your pics and see if I can ID your "what is it" LOL my e mail ...
Ed Roos cedar chest6/26/2005
  Q: I hace an Ed Roos cedar chest, made by Ed. Roos Com., Forest Park, Illinois. I am currently ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. I too would look on the Roos site for info but you have already done that. ...
Warped Veneer6/25/2005
  Q: We have an antique hutch with a built-in drop-down desk. The drop-down lid has about a six inch by ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The problem with veneer that has not been glued as soon as it comes loose is ...
What type of wood?6/23/2005
  Q: My mother just passed and left a secretary hutch. To my knowledge it is at least 100 or more years ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. My first thought on reading this Rick was its got to be "tiger oak"..or ...
ANtique end wood tables (maybe?)6/21/2005
  Q: marssman 6651 wood oval shape end table. I want to know if these are antiques
  A: Nice to hear from you. After an exhaustive search, the only reference I can find on Marssman is ...
refinishing6/19/2005
  Q: I.m new to the field. I work with people with disabilities and have opened a small shop to sell and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a wonderful undertaking this is. Congratulations. In all cases Ron, ...
Cavalier Chest6/18/2005
  Q: I just purchased a cavalier chest for $168. It has a pull out drawer on the bottom and the lid ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. It sounds to me like you got a good buy. I don't feel this was too much ...
Hello Eileen, I worte about...6/18/2005
  Q: I worte about a week and 1/2 ago re: my parents 1946 bedrood suite. I do not know the kind of wood ...
  A: It sounds like this set is mahogany veneer, and I will guess the tops to be solid wood. Martie there ...
old server/buffet6/14/2005
  Q: I have what I think is an old server/buffet that appears to be a 1940s Louis XV but it has a sliding ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would love to see a picture of this buffet if I could. My email is ...
late victorian piece6/13/2005
  Q: I have a piece of furniture that I believe is late victorian. I has a bit of wood worm damage, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Its very important that you find out if this piece is currently housing live ...
Reparing and Refinishing Old Furniture6/11/2005
  Q: A neighbor was going through her grandmother's old home and came across some old pieces of furniture ...
  A: Nice to hear from you Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. A terrible storm here knocked ...
Antique Buffet and Table6/10/2005
  Q: I have an old antique buffet that has been refinished about 25 years ago. It is in great condition ...
  A: I was just going over my questions and was sorry to see that yours was unanswered. It could have ...
furniture repair6/10/2005
  Q: Good morning Eileen, My elderly mother is devastated because she placed a plant on her mother's ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry this has happened to your Moms table, but it should be easy to remedy. ...
cleaning louie XIV wood furniture6/10/2005
  Q: I have a whole set of louie the XIV furniture, the setee and 2 parlor chairs, a nest of tables and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your furniture sounds wonderful. How lucky you are to have this in the ...
Italian inlaid dining table6/9/2005
  Q: We have had an Italian inlaid dining table for many years and have kept it covered to protect it. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I'm so sorry this has happened to your table. Was it a plastic cloth that did ...
I have an my parents bedroom...6/9/2005
  Q: I have an my parents bedroom suite from when they got married in 1946. It is definitely showing alot ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I'm certainly glad you never went for the $5000.00 refinishing job for five ...
stripping an old desk6/6/2005
  Q: can you suggest a good product for stripping two old desks. (varnish, no paint) One is solid oak ...
  A: So nice to hear from a fellow expert. I have never had a golf club in my hands, so you won't be ...
trunks i6/5/2005
  Q: I HAVE AN OLD TRUNK THAT I HAVE BEEN TOLD IS ENGLISH. I HAVE ALSO BEEN TOLD ITS A CAMELBACK TYPE. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am giving you a link to a wonderful site which has everything you want to ...
Old Table6/1/2005
  Q: I bought an old table at my Grandmothers sale and it is very old. It has a very black and cracked ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. It sure would be nice to see a picture of this table, but without one I will ...
Old Chest5/31/2005
  Q: I'm so grateful for the suggestion and will try it soon. Just wondering where would be a good place ...
  A: I'm sorry, I live in Canada and never stop to think that brand names are different in the rest of ...
Brass table lamps5/25/2005
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me anything about cleaning solid brass...or if I'm even supposed ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your brass lamps sound lovely and must be given only the best care. I am ...
dining set5/23/2005
  Q: We just bought a dining set at an auction. It includes a table, chairs, hutch and china cabinet. I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If there are no identifying marks on the set, it will be pretty hard to tell ...
oak wood5/21/2005
  Q: Have recently been approached to purchase "twisted barley" pieces. Find oak is hard to sand and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. In my opinion, oak is a very desirable furniture wood. Its second in my ...
to refinish or not refinish5/21/2005
  Q: I have acquired an old pump organ, the finish on it looks like it was brushed on, maybe it's not ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are finding yourself in the same quandry as many others...should I or ...
Replace Glass in Cabinet5/18/2005
  Q: I have my grandmother's china cabinet. It has glass front. The door, is flat and oblong. The two ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Oh I am sorry this has happened, but do not despair. The following people ...
antique bedroom suit5/16/2005
  Q: I have a bedroom suit that is very very old. It has been in my family for years. It needs to be ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Without seeing the set I will say the overlay is wood veneer. That is the ...
bird eye maple furniture5/15/2005
  Q: Is there any value to a ~60 year old bird eye maple table, chairs and china cabinet?
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry this is late but our phones were down. Although your table is not an ...
cavalier chest5/14/2005
  Q: I found a chest that needs work like a new veener and i sent it to a guy who says he has been in the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If the chest needs work, you will not ruin the value by fixing. Just make ...
Pirate Chest?5/11/2005
  Q: I saved an old chest that was thrown on the burn pile....it just seemed too nice to destroy. I liked ...
  A: Me again Bill I am really getting old and forgetful LOL I forgot to include the link in the letter I ...
Side bed tables5/10/2005
  Q: I have two side tables that are all wood and the markings on the bottom are Mersman 2-31. Wondering ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Without looking at your pieces, its impossible for me or anyone to say if ...
Federal Mirror5/9/2005
  Q: I have a federal style mirror which was represented as a period piece. Got it from a reputable ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First in order to fix a finish, you must know what it is. Test for a ...
wood cleaning5/7/2005
  Q: some soot & lots of dirt need to clean large hand carved oak peice. need advice on a good common ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. A while back we cleaned all the oak pews and the pulpits in our church with a ...
ed roos chest value???4/24/2005
  Q: I have acquired an old Ed Roos cedar chest that is in excellent condition. This has to be from the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. As you probably guessed, the insurance tag means the company was so confident ...
Hill and Hoel, Manufacturing cedar chest4/24/2005
  Q: My Aunt has an old cedar chest made by Hill and Hoel, that belonged to her Mother. It is of a plain ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I live in Canada and am not familiar with the Companys in the states, but I ...
I would like info on my furniture, it's worth.4/23/2005
  Q: I recently bought some old pieces from an aquaintance, and picked it out because it looked exactly ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The fastest way would be to consult an appraiser in your area. I also like to ...
Mahogany Dresser and Chest of Drawers4/20/2005
  Q: How overpriced do you think these are? I've been told by a couple of furniture stores in the area ...
  A: This is a quote from your question. "all exposed structural parts and plywood faces guaranteed, ...
ANTIQUE CHEST4/17/2005
  Q: Eileen, i have a chest dated 1949 made by doehler metal furniture of New York where can i go to see ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry about the delay in getting back to you, but my server was down. Here is ...
bowed wood veneer4/12/2005
  Q: I have a secretary given to me by my grandmother. The wood trim on the glass doors is bowed. I guess ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The veneer can be glued back, and then pressure will have to be applied until ...
Recovering seat4/11/2005
  Q: I am presently re-finishing the chairs that match my dining room table, which was my grandmothers. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gosh this is a tough question Lou. Its sounds like you dislike the seats as ...
antiques4/9/2005
  Q: what makes something an antique and how old does it have to be I see millions of antique shops in my ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a great question and the first its been ask of me. It is now ...
REFINISHING OLD DRESSING TABLE4/6/2005
  Q: I HAVE AN OLD DRESSING TABLE WITH WOOD WHEELS. I THINK MY DAUGHTER SAID IT WAS A QUEEN AMNE EARLY ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes your table will lose its value if you sand it. Never never use a sander ...
cedar chest4/4/2005
  Q: I have a cedar chest that used to belong to my grandmother. I am trying to identify whether it is a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Without looking at your cedar chest its difficult to tell much about it. ...
Carved sofa4/3/2005
  Q: My neighbor gave me an old sofa. It is cream/beige brocade. Three (heavy) cushions, carved legs, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your sofa sounds lovely. The heavy cushions you mention are that way because ...
Vicksburg Manufacturing Co.4/3/2005
  Q: .,I have an old piece that my Grandfather passed to me. He called it a "chefrobe" pronounced ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I could find nothing on the company that made it, but I am in Canada and ...
Vintage Buffet Server3/29/2005
  Q: I just purchased a Drexel buffet server at a thrift store. It is mahogany in color and in very good ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This buffet would have been made in 1952, and was from a set. If its ...
Stewart Cedar Chest3/29/2005
  Q: I have my Grandmother's cedar chest. It is stamped inside with Stewart Cedar Chests, Newark, Ohio ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your 1941 cedar chest would not be considered an antique, but I would ...
Antique Furniture Repair3/28/2005
  Q: I would like to know how to repair the roll top on my roll top desk. A part of the canvas had a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a big job and I hope you have some experience working on furniture. I ...
circa 1900 Moon Desk Co S roll top3/25/2005
  Q: I refinished this circa 1900 Moon Desk Co. S roll top desk 25 yrs ago and was able to leave the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have only ever had the opportunity to work on one of these in my career. I ...
Info books3/23/2005
  Q: Can you recommend any books on the subject of older furniture (I call it classic:) ) that deal with ...
  A: Nice to hear from a fellow Canadian. I know just what you mean about all the books out there. And we ...
Advice on Wood Items3/22/2005
  Q: What wood items should I choose and what wood items should I avoid. My wife and I are hooked on ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Its sounds to me like you folks are doing exactly what I am doing...buying ...
Head Board3/21/2005
  Q: I came across a pretty old wooden headboard for a bed. Its all wood and has a curved top to it with ...
  A: Nice to hear from you What an interesting find. I have seen only one of these in my life, but maybe ...
repairing dresser drawer3/21/2005
  Q: I picked up an old dresser. It is oak, with a striped oak veneer. The front is curved and the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are fortunate to have the original drawer front. Personally I would much ...
Jonny Jump Up3/20/2005
  Q: My father has a very old Jonny Jump up. We believe it's from the late 1800's. We are just wonder ...
  A: Sorry I hit the wrong button on my last response. Having said that, I have absolutely no idea what a ...
Ed Rooss Waterfall Style Sweetheart Cedar Chest3/19/2005
  Q: My mom has an Ed Roos Waterfall Style Sweetheart Cedar Chest. The Style # is 5797 and the Serial # ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. My experience is these chests bring anywhere from $300.00 to $450.00 ...
Waterfall Cedar Hope Chest3/18/2005
  Q: I recently purchased a waterfall cedar hope chest. The style number is 96-45 with serial number is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you Cedar chests have been mass produced for many many years, by many ...
gateleg table3/18/2005
  Q: I have a gateleg table made around 1714 to 1740. I believe it was made by a quaker ancestor in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If you have a gateleg table made in the 1700's, do not touch it in any way. I ...
researching the history of a hand cranked wooden washing machine patented 1900 may 8 from the rockport pennsylvania region3/18/2005
  Q: I was wondering if you could direct me to web sites or historic record resources that could help me ...
  A: This is a neat question. Kind of scary too as I remember Grama had AND USED one of these machines ...
WOODEN INLAID PICTURE3/18/2005
  Q: I HAVE A WODDEN PICTURE OF A MAN AND A WOMAN SITTING UNDER A TREE. THE PICTURE WAS HAND CRAFTED BY ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have heard this craft referred to Intarsia or Marquetry. It was a very ...
3 tier table3/15/2005
  Q: i found a "deal" at an auction, the label says Mahogany Association, #123. two of the three legs are ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You can replace the feet at this site. ...
mirror repair3/14/2005
  Q: what would be the best way to replace the backing of a mirror?
  A: Nice to hear from you. I assume you mean the silvering on your mirror. This cannot be done at home ...
Mahogany End Tables3/11/2005
  Q: We are having the Mother of All Garage Sales tommorow. While cleaning up 2 mahogany end tables with ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Maybe you should consider keeping these tables. I would keep them both if ...
I have a diningroom set by...3/10/2005
  Q: I have a diningroom set by Bodart. I can't seem to get any information on it, however, I am sure it ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I was able to find this info regarding Bodart Furniture. Bodart Furniture ...
dinning tables w/6chairs3/10/2005
  Q: i have a table and chairs,they will have no true value. as the original owners replaced the seats ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The only way I can tell you to get a value on these things would be to have ...
type of wood3/8/2005
  Q: I'm looking at a 1920's 5-leg dining table from eastern canada. The dealer believes that it is ash ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I like this question. First off, yes it often happens that legs can be a ...
repair and identification of antique furniture3/4/2005
  Q: I have been a wood worker for many years but recently I have developed an interest in antique repair ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Repairing or restoring "valuable" antiques requires a lot of skill and ...
old trunks3/1/2005
  Q: Are old trunks, some with curved tops an pictures in the lid worth repair (missing handles, broken ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Good question. If you have one of these old trunks you wish to restore for ...
Furniture2/24/2005
  Q: I have a small table. About 14" High. 11x11" square. It had a multicolor finish on it. Dark ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Laurie I believe you have already removed the original finish off your table. ...
antique child oak rocker2/23/2005
  Q: what is it worth about 100 yrs old cane seat swirl arm
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry, appraising antiques is not my area, but I have owned several of these ...
Antique table2/22/2005
  Q: I have an old mahogany dining table I had refinished. It has developed a sticky area on one end that ...
  A: Nice to hear from you First off I am very surprised that a "professional" used this type of finish ...
Furniture with lacquer finish2/20/2005
  Q: I was wondering if you might have some suggestions for me. I've recently purchased an old cherry ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am surprised this has happened. Is it possible the finish was already off, ...
wooden box; any info2/20/2005
  Q: Old wooden cigaret dispenser? Triangle shaped with inlays, green and red stones set in brass, dark ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry I can tell you nothing about your cigarette dispenser, but I include a ...
lane cedar chest2/16/2005
  Q: I have a Lane Cedar Chest which was my mother's. I believe it to be from the 1940's. It has a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Not being an expert on antiques, I can not tell you if your chest with the ...
Make of Piece2/12/2005
  Q: I recently refinished an oak highboy. The handles are original. Do you have any idea of the time ...
  A: Congratulations on your refinishing job. Cindy I hear on a daily basis people worrying about taking ...
How do I value a Cavalier Cedar Chest?2/10/2005
  Q: I was given a Cavalier Cedar Chest from my aunt - she is 67. She said the chest used to belong to ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I can only tell you what I see these chests sell for in my neck of the woods. ...
mystery table2/7/2005
  Q: This is a copy of a question I've posted elsewhere (with no luck so far), and it may not quite be in ...
  A: Is there any way you could sent some pictures. I am suspecting this could be a sewing box..just a ...
cavalier cedar chest2/5/2005
  Q: I have a Cavalier Cedar Chest (No. 890; Serial No. 9679) from Tennessee Furniture Company in ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Melanie, I'm unclear exactly what you wish to find about your chest. You know ...
deco finish2/2/2005
  Q: i have an art deco tallboy which still has the original finish. i don't want to refinish it but i ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Have you tried waxing. Is there any way it could be dirty...fireplace, ...
Mahogony bed frame needs help2/1/2005
  Q: First od all, I appreciate any help you may give me. I have an antique bed frame that is very old. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First let me say, "I have never met a piece of mahogeny wood that could not ...
identify this sofa for a movie1/31/2005
  Q: I saw your name at All experts and thought you could be the expert we are looking for. If you have a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This has to be the most unique question I have ever had. Funny enough I owned ...
HOOSIER1/31/2005
  Q: I HAVE AN OLD HOOSIER DROP LEAF TABLE I AM WONDERING ABOUT THE VALUE
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am enclosing a link for you. Please note the table pictured has had the ...
repair butterfly lid desk (oak)1/30/2005
  Q: storage doors bottom face broke out at hinge screw location. Perfect chip came out. Fit like a puzze ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Get a brand name carpenters glue for this. They make some wonderful glues ...
Cedar Chest origin and worth1/28/2005
  Q: I have recently aquired a cedar chest with E.R. Co, Forest Park line, Forest Park Ill. stamped on ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I would say this chest is Ed Roos. I cannot tell you when it was made, ...
1968 shuffle alley bowling machine1/23/2005
  Q: My question is not about the bowler but about the wood cabinet surrounding it. i want to refinish ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Jim please don't tamper with the finish on your bowling machine. Certainly ...
buffet1/21/2005
  Q: We have an old buffet in our family and would liket o know it's approx. worth. Right now, I know ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There is no way I could even hazard a guess without seeing at least a ...
Information: Riempies Chair made by Thesen, Knysna1/21/2005
  Q: I've come across a very peculiar riempies chair - badly broken up but possibly restorable - ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Personally I have no knowledge that I could pass on about your chair. I did ...
Roos Cedar Chest1/18/2005
  Q: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I have an old Roos cedar chest and have two ...
  A: I have never seen a cedar chest with anything but brass "limiters". For sure chain would get caught ...
refinishing dining room table1/16/2005
  Q: I am refinishing a nice duncan phife style table that had been previously refinished. After using ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. So sorry this has happened after all your work. The thought that comes to my ...
Cleaning Antique Wooden Tackle Box1/15/2005
  Q: I recently purchased an antique wooden tackle box. It is filthy dirty but otherwise in great shape. ...
  A: nice to hear from you. By all means go ahead and use soap and water to clean this tackle box. Use ...
antique rope bottom chair1/10/2005
  Q: I have an antique rope bottom rocking chair. One corner is broke (wood). I don't know who to try ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This should be an easy fix, but if you have no knowledge in this area, I ...
Antique desk of grandmother1/7/2005
  Q: I have an antique desk which is veneer , I believe mahogany over birch, i'ts top is rounded from ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. To me, what you are describing is a dressing table and not a desk...of course ...
Missing handle12/30/2004
  Q: I have inherited an oak chest of drawers, age uncertain but I think over 200 yrs. 0ne of the 8 ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First I would like you to try this site for a repo handle. ...
gummy furniture12/29/2004
  Q: my tables have become gummy with age and use. How do I clean without stripping?
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a common problem Joyce. A good cleaning is all thats needed here. Get ...
cedar chest12/19/2004
  Q: I was in a antique shop today and found a Lane cedar chest. The price was $175.00. My question is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. There is no way I can tell you how old this chest is. My experience with 50 ...
Cleaning a Piano12/15/2004
  Q: This past July, my dad had to move out of his house and left behind a beautiful, 30 year-old ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Please don't leave this mold on the furniture...it should be removed ASAP. It ...
repairing antique larkin desk12/13/2004
  Q: Eileen, My 120 year old "larkin desk" or secretary has fallen over and sustained damage to the door ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Gosh I am sorry this has happened to your lovely desk. As this desk will have ...
lizzy high doll storage11/29/2004
  Q: My wife has a small collection of Lizzy High dolls. When we moved we wrapped them in tissue paper, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. First off, do not put the dolls in a basement again :-) If you wrap the dolls ...
100 year old rocker repair10/17/2004
  Q: This rocker is 2 parts --the inner frame that had burlap and horse hair under a leather cover and ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. I have repaired a few of these old rockers in my time, and my experience ...
Lane Cedar Chest10/4/2004
  Q: I have a Lane Cedar Chest from Altavista, VA or so it's stamped inside on the door. The chest comes ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry, but without seeing at least a picture, I could not venture a guess. ...
Lane Cedar Chest10/4/2004
  Q: My aunt bought a Lane cedar chest about 1946 and she wants me to have this but she has lost the key ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What a dilemma...but perhaps the chest is full of treasure. Seriously Trudy, ...
redoing antiques10/3/2004
  Q: I have an old grandfather clock. Is it okay to clean it up and mend it and stain it?
  A: Nice to hear from you. The rule of thumb, when doing something to a genuine antique is this..Never ...
baromiter (weather gauge)10/3/2004
  Q: We have a weather gauge which is about 80 years + its classed as a banjo wooden style shape,it is ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Just because this piece does not have a makers name, it does not mean it has ...
mildew removal10/2/2004
  Q: My auntie has given me an old circa 1930 radio/record player with a box of old 78 records. The ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. Aren't these old players neat? I love them. The first and most gentle ...
refinishing10/2/2004
  Q: what is the best way to remove paint from a 1918 Sellers cabanet and what should i use/do to just ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The only way to remove paint is with paint stripper or a heat gun. Both ...
Cavalier Waterfall Cedar Chest c. 19409/22/2004
  Q: there! I read your response to another's cedar chest question, and want to ask you mine. (I did ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry for the delay with your response, but our Experts site was down. I ...
Guilted sofa?9/22/2004
  Q: How can you tell if wood is gilted or guiltwood? The sofa is gold in tone. Thank you for any help. ...
  A: My knowledge of the process of guilding is limited. I understand that the wood is first treated with ...
Odor in Furniture9/21/2004
  Q: I have recently acquired a lovely oak sideboard which belonged to my mother. She kept in one of the ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This smell should not take much to get rid of. First try a few fabric ...
Wood to buy at barn sales etc.9/12/2004
  Q: I have recently moved from Ca. to Me. there are barn and lawn sales everywhere, I would like to know ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. What an interesting question. I'll start with what to look for at sales. Most ...
Lane Cedar Chest9/11/2004
  Q: I have a Lane cedar chest I inherited, and don't know if it is worth taking up space in my house (I ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would charge about $175.00 to refinish an item like this if its restorable. ...
fold up cot9/10/2004
  Q: it is made by gleason board co. of rochester, new york, and i would like to know how to restore the ...
  A: As I had never seen a cot like this I was confused. I would try to just refresh the wood before ...
bear claw table9/8/2004
  Q: I have my grandmother round oak table with bear claw feet. The pedastel is round... What I am ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. These tables are lovely, especially the style of yours. If this was my table, ...
Antique iron bed9/7/2004
  Q: Great grandmothers antique iron bed. The rails are "L" shaped but the L is upside down and will not ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry for the delay in answering this, but my PC was down. This type of ...
Duncan Fife sofa9/7/2004
  Q: I have my grandmother's Duncan Fife sofa, at least 75 years old, with royal blue velvet upholstery. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry for the delay in answering, but my PC was down. While your sofa is not ...
Refinishing "wicker" textured wood9/2/2004
  Q: I just accquired two pieces of Drexel dining room furniture, from the Kensington collection, for ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This sounds like a great project. Very first and most important thing is the ...
Bar Restore Information9/2/2004
  Q: I'm restoring an old liquor cabinet. It's the type on which the front opens downward as the top ...
  A: This is not a lengthy question at all. Nice to hear from you. OK...first off, I have never worked on ...
wood tools9/1/2004
  Q: I have a Henry Diston saw that is in good condition, I hate to think where it may finish up when I ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. If I was fortunate enough to own a Henry Diston saw, and had no one in ...
What is it?8/24/2004
  Q: I recently bought an old peice and I don't know what it is. It is about 3 feet tall and about 2, ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. Isn't it fun to run accross things like this? How about a Geisha girls ...
cedar chest8/22/2004
  Q: I recently got a ceader chest from my grandmother, i was just wondering if you could figure out how ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I found the following on the net (possibly you did too. Lane furniture came ...
old wooden bedroom furniture8/22/2004
  Q: I am in a qaundary about some bedroom furniture it has been stored in an outside shed for some ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. This musty smell is a common problem to most old furniture. Try a good ...
antique furniture8/19/2004
  Q: I have 3 old pine dressers . Are they worth anything?I have a cherry table, the top turns and there ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. My expertise is furniture refinishing, and I do not give appraisals on old ...
chest of drawers8/16/2004
  Q: I REMOVED OLD PAINT, SANDED & FINISHED THE CHEST. WHAT I NEED TO KNOW IS HOW TO PUT A PRICE ON THE ...
  A: If you removed paint and refinished a chest of drawers, you must have spent hours. I suggest you ...
Restorian Victorian chair8/15/2004
  Q: Could please you offer any advice as to how to restore this antique victorian chair? I recently ...
  A: I feel this job needs a pro for a true restoration. This is a lovely chair, and it would be a shame ...
Wooden Tea Caddy8/15/2004
  Q: While on holliday last week, I was browsing local shops in Bath and spotted a wooden oval shaped tea ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. Is there any way you could send me a picture. My email is ...
philco shortwave8/12/2004
  Q: I have a old philco shortwave battery operated radio. i cannot find it anywhere. there is some tags ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. How interesting to own one of these old sets. My father was very interested ...
Old dining room set8/11/2004
  Q: I have an OLD dining room set, not sure when it was originally purchased but it looks like something ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Without seeing your set I can't comment on its being good or not. The numbers ...
to find out if antique and value8/9/2004
  Q: I know u donnot give appraisals but i am wanting to find our about a shoe shine box that belonged to ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. I do not give appraisals, but perhaps I can be of some help on this for ...
Learning Antique Business8/8/2004
  Q: I collect coins , knives, and various cards. I always love to go into shops and look at old lamps, ...
  A: What an interesting question this is, and the first time anyone has asked it. First off, let me ...
allergens from the furniture8/7/2004
  Q: I recently placed an antique washstand that belonged to my great-grandmother in my home. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I suspect you could be having a mold reaction. I would suggest you give the ...
Old dresser7/17/2004
  Q: I purchased a beautiful antique dresser with one problem, old musty smell in drawers. Is there any ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This smell is always found in old dressers. Eliminate the problem by mixing 1 ...
old wooden thread spools7/16/2004
  Q: I have a few old wooden sewing spools (most empty of thread) some sold for 25 cents, etc. I would ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am assuming Lynn that you mean the large industrial wooden spools. These ...
types of wood7/12/2004
  Q: I have been refinishing several different pieces of furniture that I found at auctions and I was ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. What an interesting question this is, and more so coming from a lady ...
table/desk?7/11/2004
  Q: I purchased a table/desk at a yard sale and have been looking at it a little closer and think it may ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. For anyone to evaluate this piece, they would need to see a photo at least. ...
Virginia made furniture7/10/2004
  Q: I recently inherited some very fine furniture. One piece is stamp on the back with The R. Fur ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. I can find no reference to the company you seek Anne, and I am not ...
Lawyer's Cabinets7/7/2004
  Q: I have six old lawyer's cabinets that came in the garage of a house I just bought. I read that you ...
  A: Sorry Hilary, I missed part of your question ... You wanted to know how much the work will cost. I ...
antique wooden ?--- what is it?7/6/2004
  Q: Eileen, A friend gave us a beautiful wooden barrel with a hand crank and a cork. He got it while ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If this was a butter churn, there would have to be access on top to open to ...
Carved Wood Block7/6/2004
  Q: and thanks for your help. I actually uploaded a couple high quality pictures for this item. They ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This is a lovely piece. I was only able to access the first picture, and I ...
Nusauna Bath Cabinet7/4/2004
  Q: I have fiberglass bath cabinet, maybe made in the 20's. Can not find any information on it or it's ...
  A: Your bath cabinet would make for interesting conversation, but value wise its not worth much I'm ...
churn7/4/2004
  Q: i am trieng to find out if my old churn is worth anything. it is over 100 yrs old. i saw that you ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You 100 year old churn would be classed a genuine antique and would certainly ...
Nippon dish7/3/2004
  Q: I have a Nippon small dish that have roses on the inside and indian chief head for the handles. It ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Nippon china is very sought after here in Canada. I used to see a lot of it a ...
Watch Appraisal7/1/2004
  Q: I have come into ownership of an antique Railroad style watch. What resources would you recommend ...
  A: The only place I would trust for an appraisal would be a reputable jeweller who fixes these old ...
Mahogany Association, Inc. / By Victorian #4136/17/2004
  Q: My husband and I have two circular end tables with marble tops which were owned by his ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your tables sound lovely. The very best author on antique furniture is a man ...
Ed Roos Cedar Chest6/17/2004
  Q: My husband and I have an Ed Roos cedar chest which was owned by his great-grandmother and were ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would say your chest would be in the $300 to $400 range. I live in Canada ...
wood that has gotten wet6/13/2004
  Q: I have an old oak chest that sits on the carpeted floor. it previously had been subjected to a water ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. If I understand correctly, the black is on the bottom of the chest, so some ...
1830 FEDERAL HITCHCOCK SIDE CHAIRS5/29/2004
  Q: MY CHAIRS ARE IN NEED OF REPAIR. THE SEATS NEED TO BE REKANED AND THE STENCILING NEEDS SOME ...
  A: So nice to hear from someone from LA. I am in Canada, and would have no way of knowing who in your ...
polish5/28/2004
  Q: I have brought a very old escritoire from england to new zealand and now the finish looks as if its ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I cannot imagine that dampness could get under the finish unless the ...
Stripping furn.5/10/2004
  Q: I hope you can help me, I have a walnut table that appears to have a ring of ink, or might be paint ...
  A: I just received notice that I am overdo in answering this question. This happens on occasion and is ...
Staining5/3/2004
  Q: I recently bought an antique poplar wood cabinet. It has been coated in several layers of paint, ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. The negative comments you heard about staining popular dark are ...
CHEST OF DRAWERS5/2/2004
  Q: I HAVE AN ANTIQUE CHEST OF DRAWERS THERE ARE NO NAILS THE JOINTS ARE GROOVED, IT HAS WOODEN ROLLERS ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I could not even hazard a guess as to the age of your chest without looking ...
machinists tool chest4/30/2004
  Q: I have a H. Gerstner + Sons A50M39 machinists tool chest. It was given to me by my grand father. I ...
  A: Here is the only site I could find that has a Gerstner chest. It would appear they are worth a bit. ...
Hoosier cabinet accesories4/19/2004
  Q: I just purchased an old Hoosier cabinet at an estate sale. What is the best way to find out what ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am including a link to the best supplier of this type of thing. You can ...
Mirror4/5/2004
  Q: I have an old mirror with some of the backing scraped off. Is there a product that I can spray on ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Unfortunately, there is no way to repair this damage. I had such a problem on ...
cleaning old wooden chairs4/1/2004
  Q: I just bought 4 old Hitchcock wooden chairs with painted back rails. They are really dirty and have ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would get some fine steel wool and a bottle of varsol. Simply use the steel ...
seamans chest3/31/2004
  Q: I have an old seamens chest from my great-grandfather's lighthouse keeper days. He used it between ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your chest sounds wonderful. It would be nice if you could remove the paint ...
antique fireplace mantle3/25/2004
  Q: Cronk... i am renovating a 30 year old ranch home with 8 ft ceilings.. my question is this.. i found ...
  A: Very interesting question. Being a refinisher, I would naturally lean towards finding out what kind ...
dresser with grape handles3/24/2004
  Q: I just read an e-mail to you about a woman who has the same dresser I do, and almost fell out of my ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Yes I recall the lady who had the furniture with the grape pulls. Can't tell ...
antique plates3/17/2004
  Q: who can i contact to find out the value of a glass collectable plate with independance hall on it. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The very best place to get an estimate of such things is ebay. Here is the ...
Nelson ball clock3/15/2004
  Q: I recently was given an original nelson ball clock by herman miller with all the original mechanics. ...
  A: Check this link out. Is your clock here? ...
flemish art co3/12/2004
  Q: ijust read a question regarding the flemish art co--i just bought a house tht was built in the very ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I am sending you what I could find on this Flemish Company. Not much I'm ...
Victorian trim moulds3/11/2004
  Q: My father has given me 4 wood framed bronze moulds that I have been told are from the Victorian era ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I would very much like to see the pictures of these moulds. If these are ...
Leather top inlaid tables3/4/2004
  Q: I recently came into the possession of two old mahogany tables with what appears to be an inlaid ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have cleaned numerous tables like this with a product called "Saddle Soap". ...
Chandeliers3/2/2004
  Q: I was hoping you could point me in the right direction to find out how much my chandeliers are ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Without seeing your chandeliers, it is virtually impossible for me to comment ...
wood frame2/22/2004
  Q: i have a very old pic frame-at least 60 yrs old or better-it is wood but resembles pewter look-it is ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. Your wood frame that resembles pewter is actually a top coating over wood ...
Chinese Dragon Desk2/21/2004
  Q: I did a search for info on a highly carved desk I purchased and found your name. The desk is roughly ...
  A: I would very much like to see the pics of your desk. It sounds wonderful. Because AlExperts has no ...
glass repair2/18/2004
  Q: I live in Houston,TX and I can not find someone to repair the glass in my curio cabnet. They say ...
  A: I live in Ontario Canada, and would have no idea where in Texas to get this glass replaced. Its ...
vanity and Chest of drawer2/11/2004
  Q: I wrote earlier in the week about 2 pieces that came to me from my great Grandfather. A vanity and ...
  A: The numbers could certainly mean there are more pieces in the set. The numbers are often found on ...
Antique wood furniture2/8/2004
  Q: I have a wood vanity and chester drawer set that came to me from my great grandfather. I have been ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your furniture sounds lovely. How nice to have these heirlooms from your ...
solid genuine mahogany dresser, no.2252/6/2004
  Q: i have recently found in an antique store a piece of sold genuine mahogany dresser /w mirror ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. You are not the first person to ask me about "The Mahogany Assocation" I did ...
Age and value1/27/2004
  Q: I have inherited a French style, cane back, 3 piece "Parlor Suite". The suite includes a sofa, ...
  A: Nice to hear from you I did a search on your behalf and could find no reference of this company. And ...
Flemish Art Company1/18/2004
  Q: Can you tell me anything about this company (most likely no longer in business) out of New York. ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Sorry Lorinda I just do not have any idea about this. The only thing that ...
I need some direction.1/13/2004
  Q: I have a Hand Carved (in wood) picture of "The Last Supper". I do not know how old it is, my wife ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. This sounds like a very interesting item. It would seem that its quite old if ...
REFINISH TABLE TOP1/7/2004
  Q: I HAVE AN EASTLAKE TABLE IN MY KITCHEN. IT HAS GOTTEN STICKY. JUST DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF ...
  A: So nice to hear from you. Clean the table well with varsol or paint thinner using a fine steel wool ...
Refinishing question12/31/2003
  Q: I recently bought a desk. It is in fairly good shape with some small scratches and a couple of ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. I have refinished a good many of these nice old pieces. I especially like the ...
refinishing12/18/2003
  Q: Found a very old sofa table or possibly a desk in a garbage bin. It has several coats of paint, and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Finds like this are exciting. I love removing the old paint to find out whats ...
appraisal source12/15/2003
  Q: Your experts desc. mentioned sources for appraisals. I have a tomahawk/peacepipe that I inherited ...
  A: I have been watching the site I referred you to and see you have had no answer to your query ...
Antique carved 'partners' desk11/17/2003
  Q: I recently purchased an old 'partners' desk which has some hand carving on it, it is solid mahogany, ...
  A: Is it ever nice to hear from you again. WOW..WOW..WOW..a solid mahogeny partners desk..How lucky can ...
adhesive residue on old guitar11/16/2003
  Q: recently acquired an old hawaiin lap guitar from the 30's that had 2 stickers on the body and ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. The only thing that will remove old tape residue is varsol. Paint thinner is ...

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I can answer most questions about the repairing and refinishing of all your old furniture items (the things we call antiques). I can also give you advice on what wood items to choose and what wood items to avoid at auctions, flea markets etc. I DO NOT give appraisals on antiques as this is not my field of expertise.

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I have been repairing, refinishing and of course buying old furniture for the past 30 years. On any given weekend I can be found at auction sales or flea markets searching out a good buy. I have taken several courses in this area over the years, but I find "Hands On" learning to be the best teacher. I can help you avoid the pitfalls and problems of this wonderful rewarding craft.

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