Repairing a Contemporary Chair – Thomas Johnson Antique Furniture Restoration




Here’s an in-depth look at how Tom Johnson of Thomas Johnson Antique Furniture Restoration in Gorham, Maine restored a contemporary chair that had been severely damaged in a moving accident. Tom has been restoring furniture professionally since 1979. Visit our website at call us at (207) 222-2266, or write us at thomasjohnsonrestoration@gmail.com.

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35 Comments

  1. Lost Mountain Restoration
    February 19, 2016
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    Tom that was wonderful work! Thanks for showing us the step by step. Specifically, I want to thank you for the lesson on color matching, something that continues to daunt me. Great video. Great job and a great learning experience. Best regards.

  2. Jimmy James
    February 19, 2016
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    Hi Tom. I think you made that chair better before it was even broken! Amazing repair and color matching, incredible!

  3. E Vander Lugt
    February 20, 2016
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    I'm never happier than when you post a new video! Amazing work and excellent teaching skills.
    Thank you!

  4. Marc 's Oneway of turning
    February 20, 2016
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    Well done job. Congratulations. Marc

  5. Jp's Custom Woodworking
    February 20, 2016
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    Wonderful job! Thomas, you do very good work this was a tricky one. >:)…JP

  6. Rebecca Valentine
    February 20, 2016
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    Very nice as always.

  7. Fran L
    February 20, 2016
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    Great Job! great explanation. Probably something most people would have considered a total loss.

  8. Andrew Ackley
    February 20, 2016
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    Looks great! I have a video idea. Can you show an example of a piece that would be beyond repair? Or not worth repairing? How do you make that decision?

  9. James McCurley
    February 22, 2016
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    Woodworking ROCKSTAR!

  10. HotNoodle Workshop
    February 22, 2016
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    Well prepared and presented video.

    Thumbs up!

  11. Harry Newell
    February 22, 2016
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    What a huge job for one chair, but nicely done.  (I also liked the blue bird in the opening shot).

  12. Bronco Billy
    February 22, 2016
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    Tom you are a very talented restorer. Good job.

  13. BaskerElli
    February 28, 2016
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    Your videos are great. I live in Finland and finding good resources for furniture restoration can be hard. But you make it so clear and easy to understand what you are doing. I have shown your videos to my friends who study restoration. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise. 🙂

  14. mark duncan
    March 1, 2016
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    Now here is a "Major Project' Good Luck!!!

  15. mark duncan
    March 1, 2016
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    Very interesting your repair on the "Tenon Joint' !!! You have no fear of 'Murky Waters!!!!

  16. Freddy Roman
    March 5, 2016
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    Tom as always perfection! Great job. Great video.

  17. Susan Goodman
    March 6, 2016
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    this is wonderful.  thank you.

  18. Donald Newton
    May 6, 2016
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    You're amazing Tom! Can't wait to see the products presentation.

  19. Rick James
    June 22, 2016
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    A thousand dollar repair for a hundred dollar chair. I'm sure it's much better than it started, nicely done.

  20. William O'Connor
    December 9, 2016
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    An amazing fix

  21. Damion Thelwell
    January 2, 2017
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    man you never cease amaze me happy New Year

  22. Elad Bagan
    January 6, 2017
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    you sir are an…artisit

  23. Johnny Dib
    February 10, 2017
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    hahaha downy woodpecker at the end! downy woodpeckers are one of the weirdo birds 😛

  24. phooesnax
    February 11, 2017
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    Amazing job TOM!

  25. Ahmed H. Mohamed
    April 21, 2017
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    It's a pretty great!!! It just like a miracle what u have done with that chair!!!! Love ur videos!

  26. Jose Rodriguez
    May 27, 2017
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    Un trabajo fantástico, exquisito. Felicidades maestro!! (gracias por compartir)

  27. Health Nut
    May 28, 2017
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    You are so talented!  Great idea- the black paper to compare color.  Is black better than white?  If so, what is the reason?  Black is the absence of color, and white is all colors?  Thank you.

  28. Thomas Johnson
    June 2, 2017
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    Looks REALLY good to me!

  29. MrProwler101477
    August 7, 2017
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    I would have just epoxied without the extra work that glue is stronger than the wood itself I have repaired many Guitar Gibson head stock breaks without having to add any spines .. and hold up great .. but Thom you always go the extra mile and yes it looks pretty good!

  30. Steve Budy
    September 1, 2017
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    Amazing skill.

  31. ferraridinoman
    September 29, 2017
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    Great stuff!

  32. DwightMS1
    October 30, 2017
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    I can't believe you were able to repair that splintery mess. Great work.

  33. gav2759
    November 8, 2017
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    Just found your vids, and am enjoying watching you work. I'm in the same game, (albeit on the other side of the Atlantic)and find I have come to the same methods and solutions as you… Great minds really do think alike.

  34. stop asking me to change my name!
    November 18, 2017
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    I have probably glued up or repaired four or five hundred chairs. I would have stayed away from this chair. Too far gone and too difficult of a fix. Great work Tom ! There is still hope.

  35. cogidubnus1953
    December 2, 2017
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    Out of interest, just how strong is an epoxy glue joint, such as in the leg of that chair? I'd quite happily rest my delicate arse on a splined joint or whatever, but I'm not sure I'd be too happy about a diagonal glue joint…

    Looks good though, (well as good as modern crap can!)

    I assume the insurance company was holding the customer to his word, to avoid a huge cash payout on a designer set…

    Thanks

    Dave

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