The Furniture Doctors LLC

Scottsdale Furniture Repair Specialists


Kids Say the Nicest Things!

What I love most about my job is seeing the smiles on the faces of customers when they see their furniture after it has been refinished or repaired. When I hear “Wow…Thank You…Better than before” I want to take their smile and plaster it on my face. I love what I do – love being creative, love salvaging furniture, love making people happy. It makes all those hours in the workshop worthwhile.

One of the best accolades came from a 9-year old boy named Thomas. His mom brought us a desk and chair that she wanted refinished to match the bedroom set in her son’s room. The finish was badly scarred, the colors didn’t match and the chair needed new upholstery. The wood was not the same on all of the pieces, but we told her we could refinish them so the colors would ‘blend’ with the other furniture in the room. When the mom and dad picked up the furniture after it was refinished, they brought Thomas with them. “Thomas, do you like your new desk and chair?” the mom asked. With wide eyes and a big grin, Thomas exclaimed “Do I like it? I LOVE IT!!!”

Don’t kids say the nicest things?


Thomas’ desk and chair before they were refinished

Thomas’ desk and chair after they were refinished



Furniture Maintenance

Published on November 5, 2012, by in Education.

Tip of the day: Use an oil polish (like lemon oil or orange oil) to polish and dust your furniture.

Avoid waxes, aerosol sprays and cleaners because over time, they can present problems. Waxes and aerosol sprays can cause build-up on your finish and it will eventually need to be removed. Most cleaners contain solvents which will erode the finish.

Remember, you want to polish the finish, not the wood.

Note: Some furniture purists recommend wiping your furniture with mineral spirits (basically paint thinner) and letting it dry overnight, then applying a thin layer of paste wax or BriWax. The reason we do not recommend this process is because most people overuse the wax and it can cause more harm than good.


Doggone it! Fido ate my table!

Published on November 2, 2012, by in Furniture Repair.

I was taking a walk the other morning when a cute little puppy started nibbling at my toes. I didn’t mind; in fact it kind of tickled and made me smile. I don’t really know much about dogs and don’t know one breed from another, but I do like them just the same. It got me thinking that if little Fido is going to chew on my toes, he’s probably also chewing on his owner’s furniture. And dog-chewed furniture is something I do know about. In fact, at The Furniture Doctors LLC, we specialize in repairing pet damaged furniture.

Here are before and after pictures of a table leg that was chewed on by Coco, a chocolate lab puppy. I’m sure glad she didn’t try to nibble my toes!

Call us at 480-219-4158 for a diagnosis of your furniture damage. And then tell Fido ‘thank you’ for sending business our way!


Gasp! If you refinish my furniture, it will lose its value…..or will it?

Many people watch The Antiques Roadshow and hear about an 1890′s hutch worth thousands of dollars because the finish is original and think their furniture should NEVER be refinished. Or a piece is now worth $200 instead of $20,000 because it’s been refinished. That is not always the case. Unless the piece is very rare, of museum quality, or has some history to it, most furniture looks better and is worth more if it is in good condition.

True story:  Several years back a woman brought me a very broken kitchen chair from the 1960′s. The chair had been painted and the paint was peeling off, revealing a badly scarred and worn finish underneath. I asked her if she also wanted the chair refinished.  ”Oh no,” she replied, “won’t that hurt the value?” With a straight face I asked her “How much do you think the chair is worth now?” Her chair was not an antique, had no historical value, was not rare, and was not even worth five bucks in its current condition.

In the 27 years we have been in business, there have been only 2 times that we have recommended a piece of furniture not be touched because it might ruin the value.  In every other case, we believe we have actually increased the value because the finish was repaired. In addition, the customer was able to actually use and enjoy their piece.


This is a replica of an antique. Refinishing it will not diminish the value of the piece




Antiques Roadshow clarified their position on refinishing furniture in this June 2002 commentary by Peter B. Cook in Professional Refinishing Magazine:

Peter B. Cook, executive producer of Antiques Roadshow, has been a writer and producer at WGBH Boston for 32 years. His award-winning credits include The Advocates (1970-74), Arabs and Israelis (1975), and Concealed Enemies, winner of the national Emmy for Best Limited Series in 1984. He also made a few trestle tables back when 5/4 by 18 clear pine was $1.25 afoot.



The difference between hardwood and softwood

Published on October 23, 2012, by in Education, Wood.

A few years back I read an article in the local newspaper about new trends in wood flooring. The Home & Garden editor wrote something like hardwood is just that – it’s hard! I quickly sent off an email, explaining that while I enjoyed her article, she was inaccurate when she said hardwoods are hard, when in fact it has nothing to do with the hardness of the wood, but with the genus of the tree. She thanked me, but never got around to correcting the error in the newspaper, leaving thousands of readers (I’m sure she had thousands of readers!) with the wrong information.You see, the terms hardwood and softwood have nothing at all to do with whether the actual wood is hard or soft.  It has to do with the leaves. Simply put, a hardwood is deciduous and a softwood is evergreen. A deciduous tree losses it’s leaves in the winter and an evergreen tree stays green year round.

Examples of softwood trees are pine, fir, redwood, and cedar. Often, a softwood tree will have needles instead of leaves.

Examples of hardwood trees are maple, cherry, mahogany, and oak. They lose their leaves in the winter and are dormant until spring.

Remember those airplanes made of balsa wood we played with when we were kids? The wood from a balsa tree is very soft and light in weight, but it is actually a hardwood because it is deciduous, losing it’s leaves in the winter. Now, would you make a floor out of balsa wood?