The Master Carpenter
•Built-In-Place Woodwork
•Interior & Exterior Trim Repair  
•Cabinet Repair  •Furniture Repair   
The Elements of Craftsmanship A craftsman must be a student of the craft. In this time of specialization many installers don’t know how to blend their new work into the existing surroundings. This is an acquired skill. For instance: I’ve seen several stairs which owners had “capped” with new wood. But the installers left the sides of the steps unfinished. They didn’t make the transition from new to old which would have given the stairs a pleasant finished appearance. I came in later to fix the problem, which would have been less expensive if the first installer had seen the “big picture” of what finished stairs should look like. Durability requires a good working knowledge of the available materials as well as the building codes which may cover the installation. The final finish on furniture may be: linseed or tung oil, paint, shellac, lacquer, oil-based varnish, water-based varnish, a pre-catalized varnish, or others. When refinishing it is important to know which finish was originally used. Sometimes a piece must be stripped before refinishing. Furniture repair requires a knowledge of wood. Sometimes woods are made to simulate other woods. For instance, it is fairly common to find pieces built of red gum which are made to look like cherry, or walnut. Part of repair is knowing which wood is the right wood. When doing cabinet repairs there are many kinds of hinges and drawer glides which may be used. Sometimes broken cabinetry can be re- glued, and the signs of repair can be hidden. Other times it is necessary to rebuild. Wood Matters Wood is beautiful. When I started The Master Carpenter, my first project used red oak, and cherry. Since then I have added birch, curly maple, quarter sawn white oak, walnut, red gum, sassafras, poplar, ash, and other American hardwoods. I have also worked with European steamed Beech and African Mahogony. United States hardwood forests are sustainable and well managed. You can be proud to use American hardwoods on your project.
A Refurbished Gateleg Table A customer found an old gateleg table in the rafters over his garage. It was a mess. It had multiple coats of drippy paint and it was coming apart at the joints. The only solution was to take it apart and strip it. He wanted to know if it could be stained and varnished but a close inspection revealed that it was made of pine. It wasn’t a candidate for staining so we decided to give it a nice new color. I replaced some of the parts but kept the main parts of the table. After spraying and sanding a primer, I sprayed two coats of a good water-based Alkyd paint. It is now ready to be a gift for his daughter.
The Craftsmanship Difference