Pool, Anyone?

Recently, the folks here at PWR had the opportunity to restore a 100-year-old pool table. This unique piece came to us from the owners of a local business that sells quality antique billiard and pool tables. Here is a picture of some of the damaged pieces of the pool table before we stared work.

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The pool table was built by the Brunswick Billiard company and is called the Alexandria. Before we began work , we decided to do more research. (The following information was found on the Brunswick website and is a excerpt from a 1912 advertisement):

“The  Alexandria (with six legs): Is a strikingly handsome and substantial billiard table. A table that will lend tone to any billiard room. Massive, rich, and in strictly good taste….The magnificent design marks an era in the highest class of billiard table construction and ornamentation.” The first of these tables was manufactured in 1892. Two main types of wood were used to construct the table- Circassian Walnut and Black Holly (Brunswick Billiards) .

Ok..Let’s move on to how we repaired and refinished this beauty.

  • Step 1– We hand stripped every piece with ethanol. This gently removed all the dirty finished that had accumulated over the years, revealing the natural beauty of the wood.

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  • Step 2– After the wood was clean, we repaired the damage to the feet of the table. This involved replacing the damaged veneer with fresh cut pieces made of the same wood originally used (Black Holly and Circassian Walnut).  We dyed the new pieces to match the stain on the rest of the table. We also added new inlays of Black Holly in the feet because some of the originals had fallen out over the years.

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  • Step 3 – Next, the rest of the damaged veneer on the peice had to be repaired. To accomplish this, we glued down the loose pieces carefully and covered up the seams. To replace missing veneer, we followed the same process described in the previous step.
  • Step 4 – We then needed to fill in the small cracks that had formed in the piece after years of use. First, we filled the cracks with wood  filler  and let it dry. Then we sanded of the excess filler to create a smooth surface to work with.
  • Step 5 – Shellac was padded on the entire peice to give us a preview of the finished product. This also allowed us to be sure that all peices matched.
  • Step 6 – We took out all cracked and damaged mother- of- pearl inlays on the rails and replaced them with new pieces.

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  • Step 7 – The entire table was coated in shellac to seal in the color. Finally, we french polished the rails to give them a mirrored look.
  • Pictures of the finished parts of the table:

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The piece turned out beautifully (if we do say so ourselves :)). It was a lot of fun watching the transformation and this pool table will look great in a game room.


Brunswick Billiards. Antique Tables. 7 8 2103 <http://www.brunswickbilliards.com/our_rich_history/antique_tables/alexandria_6_leg.html>.

A Fix for Cabinet Woes

What do you think the most used piece of furniture is in your house? The dining room table? Dad’s favorite chair? More than likely an answer that you won’t think of is: your cabinets.  Those silent onlookers that see your bacon splatters, the flour you poured in that mixer on high speed, water from rinsing your salads off, and yes, even that grease fire.  Unless you’re the most avid of cleaners (the type that gets on the floor and peers up at your cabinets to see the messes in every available light) cabinets get dirty and they can stay that way.

We have a solution! A few solutions, actually.

We can clean your cabinets; and here’s an example:

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Before cleaning.


This cabinet has seen some use, as whatever lay behind its door was highly sought after.  I’ll assume it’s flour for baking delicious cakes and muffins.  As you can see around the handle, hand oils can do a number on finishes.

Here’s the same door after cleaning:

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After cleaning.

Now that looks better! If your cabinets are just dirty and you wanted them clean, well you can stop there. But, if you have scratches, scrapes or dings like…

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..the one in the lower left hand corner of that door, then maybe you’ll want to get some touch up work too.

Here’s the finished door cleaned and touched up:

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Much better.

What if you want an entirely new look? We can do that too!
Here’s an example:

This home owner wanted a completely different look to her kitchen.  She wanted cabinets to match her vintage style as well as something to lighten the place up.

The great thing about the way we refinish cabinets, is that you can keep everything in the cabinets while we work on them.  Depending on the style of drawer you have, we might be able to take the fronts off or you might have to clean them out as we’d need to take the entire drawer back to the shop. But let’s face it, you needed to clean those anyway.

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And here’s after:

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New kitchen cabinets! Or are they?

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A completely new look for not at all the cost of refacing or replacing your cabinets.  It’s a lot faster, too. We did these cabinets in less than two weeks.  Turn around time will depend on your cabinets and what you want done, but we tend to be pretty fast.

So if you’re in the mood for a new look or just want your hands to be clean after retrieving the sugar, we can help.