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The mainstay of our business is wood door restoration in Brooklyn, NY. However, we are often contacted by homeowners who wish to have a door repaired on-site due to damage to the wood - perhaps there was a break-in or some hinges have failed or are pulling away from the door frame or perhaps the door frame is damaged.   Maybe in conjunction with this kind of woodwork you need a lock changed and your local locksmith has told you they can take care of the lock but cannot fix the wood.   and perhaps you would like the window glass changed.  we now offer a repair service for just these kind of issues, serving Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Westchester.  this service is often available on saturdays.

These are some of the repairs and improvements we can perform on site:

resetting or replacement of hinges and hinge screws;

adjustment and resetting of latch plates;

repairing split door frames;

filling in of old slide bolt pockets (on-repairs of this nature are done with dyed epoxy);

filling of old lock bores (on-site repairs of this nature are done with epoxy);

Buffing and polishing of brass lock trim, knobs, and other hardware (though this may be shop work; the buffing machines are bench mounted);

repair of forced entry/break-in damage (depending on the severity; this may be shop work);

installation of insulated door stop and wooden sweeps (please note, we do not use big box store products, we source materials which look the part and can often be finished in a way to look like they belong with your doors);

installation of door closers and the repair of "enlarged" closer screw holes;

Pocket door service (bottom rolling) including wheel and track replacement;

We offer on site lock consultation to help you order a lockset; we will sit at your computer with you and help you select a quality mail order lockset that will work and retrofit to your old doors.   we have sourced and installed hundreds of locksets for older doors and are aware of the issues that can arise and we know what has to be done to circumvent them.  If you pay us for a consultation, you are not bound to use us for the installation.

be aware that while we do not actively seek cabinetry work, we can and do perform repairs to cabinet doors; it is worth an inquiry if you have cabinet door problems.

Please, please, please:  if you wish to contact us for the above, be ready to possibly send me some photos but at the minimum be prepared to spend about 1/2 hour on the phone with me telling me about your door problems.   in the process I will teach you some terminology that will enable you to describe your issues and help me to arrive at your house with most if not all of what I need to go to work.   if you are serious about spending the money to use our service, we are serious about helping you and I will spend as much time as needed preparing for the job which is not billed to you as working time.


The Tinker's Wagon
Licensed Contractors and Locksmiths
Specializing in the Restoration of 19th Century Wood Doors
Stetson Farr Ltd.
Middle Village, NY 11379

New York City Contractor's License #1286189
New York City Locksmith License #1367976​

On-Site Repair Rates

Brooklyn and Queens
$225 for the first hour
$100 per hour thereafter
$170 per hour with helper


$300 for the first hour
$100 per hour thereafter
$180 per hour with helper

Bronx and Westchester
$275 for the first 1 hour
$100 per hour thereafter
$180 per hour with helper

Plus Sales Tax
(which we hate collecting)

In depth telephone consultation is free.  During that call, we will talk with you in an attempt to provide a reasonable estimate as to the cost to fix your broken wood door or door frame.  we will reconfirm that estimate on arrival and before we begin work. 

travel time is built into the above rates.  we make every effort to arrive at the job with all needed materials; preparation time is built into the above rates.

materials such as wood and the fast drying epoxies we use to repair the wood are billed as extra though we often carry screws and other essentials that we do not charge for.

phone 347. 813. 9635
We are available for purchase consultation to help you source antique or modern product for your doors.   If you pay us for consultation you are not bound to use us for installation.
​In keeping with our tradition of servicing historic brownstone doors, we now offer on-site services including wood door & door frame repair, mortise lock installation, and pocket door repair.
Ask us about our mortise style deadbolt locks.   Traditional hardware with the option of installing a modern high security cylinder.