Repair and Refinishing

Eagle Plane offers a wide range of repair and refinishing solutions. Eagle Plane does chip, scratch, and finish revitalization repairs on site, but we also do restoration and refinishing in our shop. If an item needs to be brought back to life from years of abuse or it has gotten dull over the years, Eagle Plane can make it look new again. (We can also make a new piece look old if you would like.)

Before a job is started Eagle Plane will give an estimate with a description of what will be done to your item. If during the course of the repair any alterations to the process need to be made, you will be notified before the work is done.

Eagle Plane Custom Furniture also offers full documentation of the repairs for historical or antique pieces. Full documentation includes photos and a detailed report of alterations made preserving the historical integrity of your item. Though not a certified conservationist, the owner, Matt Peterson, is currently learning the art of conservation so we know what is beyond our scope and have museum contacts if it is believed that you have a historical piece that needs special attention.


Terminology

The terms "repair" and "refinishing" can be confusing. Fixing structural damage is obviously a repair, but damage to the finish is where the terms tend to merge. Eagle plane does both "repairs" and "refinishing" so you do not need to worry about the correct term. We will recommend the best option for you.

"Finish repair" is fixing the damaged finish while preserving as much of the original coating as possible. "Refinishing" is taking the original finish off and putting a new finish on, even when the same kind of finish is reapplied. If a different type of finish is more appropriate and you apply a new coating while preserving the original the proper term would be a "repair." Whenever possible "finish repair" is the best option.

The terms restoration and conservation are also often used interchangeably. According to the people I have talked to, all repairs should be done in an honest and faithful way to that which the original maker would have done. The art of conservation takes that very seriously using only products that were available at the time a piece was made. Conservationists usually do the minimum required to preserve a piece often employing chemists in order to use the exact materials the maker used. Restoration on the other hand allows one to be a little more lax in our interpretation of what the original maker would have done. For instance using stamped or wire nails instead of hand cut nails. Some people even go so far as to say the maker would have used a loose mortise and tenon or biscuit instead of that dowel that is there, if he was alive today.