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by AsonnyA
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help refinishing 1930's era bedroom set
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: Help refinishing 1930's era bedroom set

On a side note, that style of furniture is called Waterfall, because of the curved top front edge.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterfall ... m%20suites.

Sonny
by AsonnyA
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cleaning and refinishing a table
Replies: 11
Views: 3165

Re: Cleaning and refinishing a table

For ammonia, you might try the drug store. Household alcohol is aqueous, as well. Any solution whose solvent is water is aqueous. Pretty much any "common" liquid, no matter the solvent, will raise the grain of wood.

Looks like a neat project.
Sonny
by AsonnyA
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: 40's desk--found insect damage, now what?
Replies: 2
Views: 1218

Re: 40's desk--found insect damage, now what?

I doubt it's termites. Termites would leave definitive trails, made up of their excrement as they gnaw away. The trails would be all over between the wood panels. Timbor is the favored treatment for Powder Post Beetles, but you don't need 1.5 lbs to treat your desk. The holes were more likely made b...
by AsonnyA
Wed May 27, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Fixing scratches on a wooden headboard.
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

Re: Fixing scratches on a wooden headboard.

Bob might assist with this, in that, he can explain his airplane approach-takeoff whisking of a surface as this. I might suspect the finish, on that bed set, is lacquer. If so, the finish repair might/can be touched up with a lacquer product treatment, hence Bob's technique. Do you have convenient a...
by AsonnyA
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining.
Replies: 7
Views: 2088

Re: Staining.

I agree with Bob, that the surface has been "weathered" in some capacity. A thought: That large black area, is there a nail right there? Looks like a nail head showing. Being oak, the oak resin (tannins) will react with iron causing the wood to turn black. If this is the case, then other s...
by AsonnyA
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: I need a toning wizard!
Replies: 4
Views: 1779

Re: I need a toning wizard!

> Plus I completely ruined it trying a number of different stains and dyes to try and neutralize the flaming peach. This is where our advice is probably useless. As I stated previously, dyes are sometimes hard to work with, especially when working on large projects. It's hard to get consistent resul...
by AsonnyA
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: I need a toning wizard!
Replies: 4
Views: 1779

Re: I need a toning wizard!

Here's a faux aged white oak slat stained with Minwax English chestnut oil stain.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@ ... ed-public/

Sonny
by AsonnyA
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: I need a toning wizard!
Replies: 4
Views: 1779

Re: I need a toning wizard!

I've read this post several times, trying to figure out just what all is going on and why. Yeah, I have a couple of thoughts as to maybe what should have been done. With the complicated schedule used, I think discovering a remedy will test any refinisher's skills. At the moment I'm tied up with othe...
by AsonnyA
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage
Replies: 8
Views: 2566

Re: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage

Additionally, my tables were finished with sprayed on lacquer. I have spray equipment. You can get spray cans of lacquer or other finishes at Lowes, Home Depot, etc., as opposed to brushing on a finish or investing in spray equipment. If you opt for spray cans, practice your spraying technique on so...
by AsonnyA
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage
Replies: 8
Views: 2566

Re: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage

> If I stain the whole area , do I need avoid the lighter inlay bands . Well, what makes you think you need to stain it? The original may not have been stained. If the top has a veneer, they applied the veneer to stand alone, i.e., not to be stained. If it's solid wood (which, as Bob says, it probab...
by AsonnyA
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage
Replies: 8
Views: 2566

Re: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage

I vote for Bob's # 5) A) option. It may be more involved/problematic to spot-repair each individual blemished area, so strip & refinish the whole. I assume you know, but once stripped, any further prep-sanding should be done along the run of the wood's grain, not lateral to the run of the grain....
by AsonnyA
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: How to match old finishes ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1852

Re: How to match old finishes ?

The wood color looks kinna like cherry. The wood might be cherry. Cherry darkens over time. It doesn't appear to be walnut or mahogany, but with pics it's hard to tell. If you could get some scraps of cherry, you could 1) test some finishes, 2) test some stains if need be or 3) possibly another opti...
by AsonnyA
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Double A battery left acid caused circle on table
Replies: 3
Views: 2134

Re: Double A battery left acid caused circle on table

I work with a lot of salvaged lumber, some will have termites. I've used gasoline to get rid of the termites, but gas has the odor that's hard to get rid of, even in finished projects. Should you consider to ever use gasoline for a mixture or cleanser on lumber or projects, maybe consider heavy or l...
by AsonnyA
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Double A battery left acid caused circle on table
Replies: 3
Views: 2134

Re: Double A battery left acid caused circle on table

I would probably try applying some tinted shellac to match the original color. Also, I have a fairly large assortment of different colored shellac sticks, so I might try melting some shellac onto the spot, especially if the spot is as small as I suspect. Shellac is pretty much compatible with all fi...
by AsonnyA
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Hardwood Floors
Replies: 3
Views: 2250

Re: Hardwood Floors

Original Waterlox is a marine/marine-like oil based finish. I've used it long ago for finishing an exterior door and a few other projects. There may be a water based brand these days, but I haven't researched that. Oil based Waterlox will take some time to dry, hence dust nibs may collect on the sur...
by AsonnyA
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Union Machinist Tool Chest Restoration
Replies: 3
Views: 2230

Re: Union Machinist Tool Chest Restoration

The leather for the handle was likely originally hand stitched, maybe similar to baseball stitching, using a curved needle. Your local upholsterer may have a small piece of leather, if you'd like to try that sewing. If so, get 2 or 3 pieces of leather, for practice or learning from mistakes. The lea...
by AsonnyA
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: furniture restoration
Replies: 2
Views: 4521

Re: furniture restoration

Bob Boardman wrote:Any quality waterbase paint will do


And rattle-can spray paint might be your best bet for application.

BTW, if you need some minor repairs of loose strands, wrap the areas with 5-10 lb fly fishing type line before painting. Paint won't adhere to monofilament type line.

Sonny
by AsonnyA
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newbie question about Deft
Replies: 6
Views: 4728

Re: Newbie question about Deft

I am, totally, not comprehending what your problem/problems is/are. "The problem I am having is the finishes seem to stick to lamps and dents very easily." I have no idea what lamps and dents you are speaking of, to understand their connection/association to "finishes". Define wh...
by AsonnyA
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question
Replies: 10
Views: 7650

Re: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question

A comment I forgot about your jute webbing. Pull it as tight as you can across the span. Upholsterers have a webbing stretcher tool for pulling it tight. For your seats, hand tightening should be fine, just pull it tight as you can. For your seats, you might want to run the webbing 2 strands front t...
by AsonnyA
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question
Replies: 10
Views: 7650

Re: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question

After initially installing your fabric, sometimes, for a DIYer, it's not uncommon to go back and snug up your fabric more, i.e., detaching each staple/tack one at a time, then reattaching a little more snug, i.e., working your way around the seat one attachment at a time. The more you practice the u...
by AsonnyA
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question
Replies: 10
Views: 7650

Re: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question

Okay, I have 7 pics, with comments. Your seat frame has 3 tiers 1) the top surface, 2) the first tier is for your fabric and padding, and 3) for your seat support and padding, also. I'd recommend you get some jute webbing for your seat support. A whole 72 yard roll will cost about $40 on Amazon - ht...
by AsonnyA
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question
Replies: 10
Views: 7650

Re: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question

I don't have a chair/seat exactly as yours, but I'll do a mock up of an upholstering procedure. I've been busy with other folks' furniture/upholstery, but haven't forgotten about you. I'll try to squeeze in the mock up in the next few days, maybe this evening if I can get into the wood shop. Sonny
by AsonnyA
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question
Replies: 10
Views: 7650

Re: Newb - Chair seat bottom refinishing question

I suspect the original seats had decorative tacks around the edges of where the seat cover laid. Seems the nail holes suggest this. Lightly padded seat bottoms? I kinna wonder if they had leather.... they may have had leather, but they may have had oil cloth upholstery. Oil cloth gives the appearanc...
by AsonnyA
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: SAVE THE PATINA ?
Replies: 2
Views: 4531

Re: SAVE THE PATINA ?

You need to find out what kind of finish is on the piece, before you can confidently attempt to remove it. Wipe an inconspicuous spot ( on the side or back) with denatured alcohol.... see if the finish melts or comes off. If it does, then strip the piece with DA. DA is unlikely to remove the paint. ...
by AsonnyA
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Need Help With Window Replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 3919

Re: Need Help With Window Replacement

We can't readily answer your questions. Are you to replace the whole window unit (frame and sash) or just the sash? There are different kinds, models, designs of sashes and frames, so a price would depend on a unit's or sash's features.... single pane, double pane argon gas filled, etc., etc. Replac...

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