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by AsonnyA
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Hardwood Floors
Replies: 3
Views: 18

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: 135

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: 2806

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: 2885

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: 5172

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: 5172

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: 5172

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: 5172

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: 5172

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: 3183

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: 2739

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...
by AsonnyA
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: I need to create/fill in a groove before I press cane into an old chair
Replies: 4
Views: 3696

Re: I need to create/fill in a groove before I press cane into an old chair

Finally getting back to the party. Hope I'm not too late. Re: First 2 pics here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/ First pic shows various widths of small wood slats. They are about 1/8" thick. These are used to hold the cane in place, once the cane is pressed into the grooves. This ...
by AsonnyA
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: I need to create/fill in a groove before I press cane into an old chair
Replies: 4
Views: 3696

Re: I need to create/fill in a groove before I press cane into an old chair

Applying pressed-in cane is easy.... you can do it. Don't be intimidated with the task. You'll need a few "tools", which you can likely make. I'll gather a few things and take pics, to show you..... hopefully this evening. I might not have time, today, as Mom is under Hospice care, so I ma...
by AsonnyA
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: I need to create/fill in a groove before I press cane into an old chair
Replies: 4
Views: 3696

Re: I need to create/fill in a groove before I press cane into an old chair

Hi Jennifer. I don't think you can successfully attach any small piece to that edging or bondo it. I would fill the whole groove with a wood spline, then carve out a new groove, but I know how to do that easily and I have the tools. Seems there's only about 5"-7" of groove to repair, so it...
by AsonnyA
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)
Replies: 15
Views: 6786

Re: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)

[quote="Bob Boardman"]That's some fine looking work. =D>

Not quite so fast, Bob. Desmond has screwed up, royally!

Desmond, you need to install a few pics of Grandma and Great Grandma inside the curio.....

Otherwise, very nice job.

Sonny
by AsonnyA
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Tree Table
Replies: 6
Views: 4057

Re: Tree Table

Come to think of it, there was discussion about finishing with epoxy, on another forum. I think West System's 105 resin was used with their 107 hardener, for finishing purposes.... I can't recall, for sure.

Sonny
by AsonnyA
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Tree Table
Replies: 6
Views: 4057

Re: Tree Table

No ifs, ands or buts about it, 1) The slabs are too thick to dry in a short time. Those slabs look to be at least 4" thick, will take 2 years to air dry. You can pay to kiln dry them, if the kiln has accommodations for such small quantity of wood. Kiln drying will likely not prevent checking. 2...
by AsonnyA
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Pest spray damage on kitchen table
Replies: 11
Views: 8058

Re:

Ixnay on the WD-40.... though it did leave a nice shine. I'm a little hesitant to attempt the iron trick that Leelee suggested. I think we're headed towards a refinishing project when, and if, we decide to do something. But thanks for all of your suggestions! Well, if you commit to refinishing the ...
by AsonnyA
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)
Replies: 15
Views: 6786

Re: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)

That looks really nice. Good job. Originally had curved glass on each side (installed from the inside)? Protect and/or be careful with that front door glass. Curved glass is really really expensive!!! After about 75 years, old glass will start to have a blue shade of color to it, an effect of UV lig...
by AsonnyA
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help in restoring natural Zitan finish on a Chinese throne chair
Replies: 5
Views: 3550

Re: Help in restoring natural Zitan finish on a Chinese throne chair

> Speaking of finish, any recommendations for a matte finish to mimic traditional Chinese matte lacquer?[/quote] Gloss, semi-gloss or flat: Flat is another name for matte. Rub the finish with brown paper bag, to dull a gloss or semi-gloss finish. Sometimes a ScotchBrite pad is used for burnishing a ...
by AsonnyA
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Need to know what's best to do with Found Furniture Before Selling it?
Replies: 3
Views: 2510

Re: Need to know what's best to do with Found Furniture Before Selling it?

Not everyone can afford moderate/high quality, moderate/high end furniture. Many students look for items that are very reasonable and may be somewhat impressive, home decor-wise. Hubby's furniture sales fits that niche. Not long ago, I gave a 1930s-40s reproduction Victorian style couch to my niece'...
by AsonnyA
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Need to know what's best to do with Found Furniture Before Selling it?
Replies: 3
Views: 2510

Re: Need to know what's best to do with Found Furniture Before Selling it?

> My Fiancé finds the most wonderful antique or mid-century Furniture. He then sells it on one of those Selling Apps online Sites. But first, he gives it a few coats of Mahogany Finish. I love him dearly, but am horrified at what he's doing to beautiful furniture. He paints "cross grain" a...
by AsonnyA
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)
Replies: 15
Views: 6786

Re: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)

> https://www.flickr.com/gp/141355217@N07/6C7ZH4 I think that should work... Yep. Flickr is easy to load, use, etc. - https://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/ In selecting your shellac, select Sealcoat. It's dewaxed. Home Depot and Lowes, here (Lafayette, La), stopped carrying Sealcoat. I do have...
by AsonnyA
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)
Replies: 15
Views: 6786

Re: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)

I see you posted more pics. I'll look at them more closely, later. .... have some other tasks to do, right now.

Sonny
by AsonnyA
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)
Replies: 15
Views: 6786

Re: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)

That pic didn't do me much good. You have a Yahoo account? If so, load the pics (create a Photostream) on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/yahoo/ Picasa, Photobucket, etc, are other free photo posting sites. Then post a link to the/your photo site. What kind of wood is the cabinet made of?...

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