Contact me, Blake Olson, at blakeo@sbcglobal.net or call or text me 210-602-5736

  This is a hands-on business and I have never found a single situation in which texting was efficacious for resolving or totally describing an issue. It works well to make an initial contact.

 

The shop is at 3321 Stoney Square just north of the San Antonio Airport.

 

I am really bad about photographing stuff so there are few records of the many hundreds of items that have been refinished and/or repaired. That is especially true of the things that have been done in a customer's home. If I don't photograph it, nobody else will.

 

In addition, some things just don't photograph very well. The subtle differences in the finish of a dining room table are difficult to present. It might drive a customer crazy but not show up in a photo.

 

The piece of furniture that most often shows up in the shop is a chair. Chairs are asked to do a lot of things and are subjected to the most stress. In addition, some chairs are just poorly designed. Style dominates over function with some manufacturers.

 

 

 

These people had a safe recessed in a concrete floor and wanted to conceal it. I used leftover flooring to make a removeable inset. You can stand on it and not know it's there.

 

The back of the inset has a steel plate attached and there is a strong magnet kept in the cabinet to pick it up.

  This chair would have been really easy to repair had the piece that broke off been kept. It wasn't so I had to 'make' some wood with an epoxy material made for historical restoration. I did some creative coloring with several stains and it came out fine.

  The chair belongs to the Beethoven Maennerchor and I was a member. While a member I tried to make sure all of the chairs were kept in good repair. There were only so many of them from the 1930s.

 

 

This photo of this chair leg is not well lit but does show a common problem. The break was caused by poor selection of wood by the manufacturer. There was a knot in a high-stress area.

 

It had to have a hole drilled deeply into each side of the fracture and epoxy a steel rod in place. The biggest problem was devising a clamping system to lock it in the proper place while the epoxy cured.

This is a bed frame that broke on both sides. We had no idea what the manufacturer was thinking when they chose to attach the headboard and footboard with tiny little screws and a threaded connection and ignore the gold standard in connectors about an inch away.

  The gravity connector had to be shimmed out a bit to make it properly engage the mating part on the side rails but the thing won't break because of the connector again.

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