A few days ago SWMBO and I took a very old chair to a local furniture
restorer for repair. It needed a turned stretcher put back in, 2 plain,
arced stretchers made, one leg tenon repaired, and reglueing. The charge was
about $300.00! The owner said the chair was a "pressed back behive" chair, and
was worth much more than the price of the repair.
Was he hosing us on the potential value of the chair? I know, difficult to say
without seeing it, but perhaps someone has experience with this type chair and
can ballpark it.
Are these charges typical? If so, I need to dust off my lathe and get busy!
Their charge to make one plain stretcher was $75.00!
BTW, being a neophyte turner with no experience in chair restoration, I didn't
want to take a chance on screwing up this chair by doing it myself, as it has
great sentimental value to SWMBO.