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For the past 23 years Michael has owned and operated The Surrendered Awl Furniture Improvement Center.  The Surrendered Awl is a multi-faceted furniture business with services ranging from
designing and manufacturing custom pieces, to antique restoration, stripping and refinishing, cane/rush/splint repair, and on-site touch-ups for both residential and commercial customers.  
Below are some examples. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a list of just some of the businesses which have benefited from our services.  Feel free to contact them for a reference.    
 
(There will be more content coming soon)
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Our Display Booth At The Spring Home Show

 
 
 
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AFTER
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Vassar Hospital Wheel Chair (1890's)
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Vassar Wheel Chair Completed
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AFTER
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Wheel Chair in Clamps
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Completed Wheel Chair in Custom-Made Case
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BEFORE
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Restored Chair with Leather Seat
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The pictures on the right
and the left are examples
of the different types of repairs
and restorations we do.
Below is a series of six
pictures showing the
damage and repairs
of a table witch sits in
the lobby of one of our
local hotels. 
(More examples will be
coming soon) 

Large Chest Stripped
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Small Chest Stripped
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Large and Small Chests Refinished in Black Lacquer
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Hotel Foyer Table Before
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Damage Detail
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Damage Detail
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Repair Detail
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Repair Detail
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Finished Table In Hotel Lobby
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Custom Made Furniture

The Center for Physical Therapy in Wappingers Falls, NY is one of the businesses which has commissioned us to design and manufacture furniture for them.  They needed six pieces of furniture

to go around their indoor swimming pool which would hold up under the humidity and wetness.  We used tongue-in-groove Western Red Cedar to match the existing ceiling and finished it with Cabots

Australian Timber Oil.  The result was six beautiful, teak-looking, functional pieces to keep all their equipment safe and the pool area neat.

The interior of each piece has rust proof, anti-microbial, epoxy-coated, metal shelving designed so that water will drip through to the bottom.

Please contact us about pricing for your own custom-made pool-side furniture or other custom made pieces!  

Lg. Equipment Cabinet & Noodle Bin
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Table
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20" X 48" Chest
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Sm. Chest with Sliding Front
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"Noodle Bin"
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Smaller Cabinet and Chest
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Table and Large Cabinet
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The pictures below are of furniture pieces at The Cadet Restaurant in Grant Hall at West Point.

Some pieces needed alterations and are shown before and after. Others were custom made to fit in particular areas.

Because of the historical significance of West Point, any new furniture or restoration has to be in keeping with the style and color of the

existing woodwork.  

 

 

Counter End Before
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Counter End After
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Freezer End Panel Before
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Freezer End Panel After
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Tray Holder Before
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Tray Holder After
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Furniture Alterations
(One Example) 
How do you fit a round table in a flat space? Give it a flat side! 

Original Round Table
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Beginning The Cut
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Completed Cut
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Adding Matching Trim
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Making The Cut Match
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Finished Alteration
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Some of the businesses which have used our services are listed below.
Feel free to contact any of them for a reference.  
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Allways / Budget Movers - Kingston
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Longhorn Steakhouse - Newburgh
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Helen Piteo Interiors - Wappingers Falls
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wendy Brown Interiors - Beacon
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Madam Brett Homestead - Beacon
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hudson Valley Office Furniture - Poughkeepsie
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dia Art Museum - Beacon
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steel House Restaurant- Kingston
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vassar Bros. Medical Center - Poughkeepsie
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vassar College - Poughkeepsie
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Hotel Thayer - West Point
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Cadet Restaurant - USMA West Point 
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Center For Physical Therapy - Wappingers Falls
                                                                                                                                                                                                          FW Interiors - Wappingers Falls
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Hilton Garden Inn - Fishkill
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Many More