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Eileen Cronk

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returns 12/30/2018

Hi..I can answer most questions about the repairing,stripping and refinishing of all your old furniture and wood items(the things we call antiques)I can give advice about what to buy/avoid at auctions/flea markets. I do not give appraisals on antiques.

Experience in the area

I have been refinishing antiques for the past 30yrs. While I have taken several courses over the years,I have found that "hands on" learning is the best teacher. Perhaps I can help you avoid some of the mistakes I made while learning.

What do you like about this subject?

I enjoy the thrill of seeing layers of old paint come off a piece of furniture to reveal wonderful old oak or walnut underneath. The thrill of restoring something that would otherwise end up in the garbage has never left me after many years of this pursuit. I don't think it ever will.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I have accumulated over the years many old "odd" bits and pieces of beautiful antique wood. I would like to learn more wood working skills to be able to make something really unique from them.

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Recent Answers from Eileen Cronk

2015-09-04 walter of wabash 5 drawer dresser:

Hi Lorrie  So sorry for the delay but we had a death in the family.  It looks to me like these metal rails are loose.  Even a slight variation in their positioning will cause what you describe.  The fix

2015-08-02 Axel Larsson chair:

Hi Patricia  Nice to hear from you.  Sorry about the delay getting to you but we have been out of power due to severe storms here in Ontario.  First I would leave the chair in original condition. Just

2015-03-19 Felt backed tablecloth stuck to antique table:

Hi Stephanie  Nice to hear from you.  If you have already tried several methods to remove this, its likely you will have to take drastic measures to remove this felt you say has melted into the finish

2015-02-26 filling worn veneer near handle on midcentury modern dresser:

Hi Liza  Nice to hear from you.  If you have an artists eye, you most certainly can do this.  Remove the handles, use a dark wood filler (if the piece is dark), light if the wood is light.  Depending how

2015-02-12 restoring weathered oak pew:

Hi Haidi  Nice to hear from you.  Assuming that from now on your lovely old pew will reside in the house now, and without seeing it, I'll guess the old finish is pretty much gone.  So first off you want


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