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by Bob Boardman
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refreshing/restoring barrister bookcase
Replies: 3
Views: 932

Re: Refreshing/restoring barrister bookcase

For back veneer I'd simply buy some 1/4 or 5/16 veneer; remove old veneer and apply the new. You won't have to worry about the value of the piece, as it will probably be worth more with the repair.
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refreshing/restoring barrister bookcase
Replies: 3
Views: 932

Re: Refreshing/restoring barrister bookcase

Some quick thoughts: 1) recognize that if painted in the 40's or 50's this paint most likely contains lead - so be careful if doing any sanding. Use a facemask, toss rags, etc. 2) Howard's-Restora-Finish is a good cleaner for the inside. Lemon oil & 'Feed & Wax' are more hype than function. ...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: SAVE THE PATINA ?
Replies: 2
Views: 995

Re: SAVE THE PATINA ?

I'd follow Sonny's advice about testing with Denatured Alcohol. If the finish is in fact shellac, and IF you're up to a little extra work, you may be able to reconstitute the old shellac rather than removing it. Notice I say "may". To do this do the following: The basic concept is to make ...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Woodworm
Replies: 7
Views: 1643

Re: Woodworm

These are some very long wood worm divots. Being a DIY'er, you should try the wax sticks. If for whatever reason they don't work, you can remove the wax with a clothes iron and a rag, so it's a reversible repair. The only other option I see short of going to a pro, is to custom color some wood fille...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Forum Features
Topic: Spam
Replies: 4
Views: 3693

Re: Spam

Like it
by Bob Boardman
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Forum Features
Topic: Spam
Replies: 4
Views: 3693

Re: Spam

Glad to hear this. Merry Christmas
by Bob Boardman
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: white specks and dark spots
Replies: 1
Views: 865

Re: white specks and dark spots

Am guessing that this is walnut, but not positive. To remove dark spots appy bleach to the area and let sit over nite White spots could be filler, or finish that sits in holes. Dampen a rag with paint thinner and rub it over the spots. If they disappear, the no worries. A new coat of finish will mak...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: White water marks on veneer piano lid
Replies: 1
Views: 846

Re: White water marks on veneer piano lid

For the areas with white marks, you have water in the finish. For areas where there is no finish either stain or finish (can't tell from pics) will be required For white marks, try the following in this sequence: 1) Use a hair dryer set on low and blow it over the damaged area 2) if that doesn't wor...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Another newbie looking for direction
Replies: 9
Views: 7357

Re: Another newbie looking for direction

Posting a picture of the doors and hinges would be helpful
by Bob Boardman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: refinishing hardwood floors-white oak
Replies: 3
Views: 931

Re: refinishing hardwood floors-white oak

If you sand, you'll just be taking finish off the hard grain, and won't be able to really get to the softer grain in the valleys. You can apply a coat or 2 of diluted finish (add 15 - 20% mineral spirits). The diluted finish will build up in the valleys eventually "filling" these areas in ...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: refinishing hardwood floors-white oak
Replies: 3
Views: 931

Re: refinishing hardwood floors-white oak

Some thoughts: 1) The different texture is most the result of how the tree grows. There's soft grain and hard grain. The softer areas wear faster whereas the harder areas don't. This results in the softer wood leaving "valleys' and the harder wood being 'peaks'. When you say "where the gra...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Trouble stripping old buffett
Replies: 1
Views: 733

Re: Trouble stripping old buffett

Strippers typically remove stains that have pigment in them. The reason for this is that the pigment needs to be mixed with a diluted finish so that it stays in place. Pigmented stains sit "on th and e wood"are used to give an even "paint" like color to the wood, and is transluce...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: White ring marks on veneer after stripping
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: White ring marks on veneer after stripping

Stain is optional though you may want to add some color to the place where you sanded thru. If you want to do that let us know
by Bob Boardman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: White ring marks on veneer after stripping
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: White ring marks on veneer after stripping

First, white marks usually mean that there's water in the finish - not in the wood. So the 1st thing is to make sure you removed all the finish. To do that wipe the table down with a rag dipped in paint thinner. This will highlight areas where there's still finish. Use your stripper to remove this, ...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)
Replies: 16
Views: 2797

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

That's some fine looking work. =D>

Good job with the color
by Bob Boardman
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Damaged Night Stand
Replies: 1
Views: 754

Re: Damaged Night Stand

Imabuki First, this is the right site. Second, it's a bit difficult to see the complete problem due to the light reflection, so if you could take a shot looking straight down at the surface, that would help. That being said, here are some suggestions/thoughts: 1) While I can't be positive, I believe...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Tree Table
Replies: 6
Views: 1386

Re: Tree Table

Cat - got the pics. Nice table! Even though there's some checking in the slabs, they're pretty thick slabs so I think more time drying will be beneficial.

Would like to get Sonny's take on this
by Bob Boardman
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Tree Table
Replies: 6
Views: 1386

Re: Tree Table

I don't see any pics. Also, for a tree to properly 'dry' or cure before finishing, it typically takes 6 -9 months. I believe that it's moisture still resident in the wood slab that has A) caused the white spots under the epoxy, and B) prevent finish adhesion. My advice would be to store slab in reas...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Enamel table repairs
Replies: 1
Views: 730

Re: Enamel table repairs

a picture would help
by Bob Boardman
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Pest spray damage on kitchen table
Replies: 11
Views: 4948

Re: Pest spray damage on kitchen table

I'd try determining what finish is on the table first. Unless the table is more than 75 years old the finish is either lacquer or a varnish/poly finish. Use a cotton swab dipped in lacquer thinner on an inconspicuous spot. If the finish comes off or gets sticky it's a lacquer finish. If not it's a v...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help in restoring natural Zitan finish on a Chinese throne chair
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

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

I wish I could, but I can't do a color match from a photo.

Dick Blick's India ink doesn't wash off - it's got a dye in it. After applied, you get a can of spray lacquer and put that on top
by Bob Boardman
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Conant-Ball end tables
Replies: 1
Views: 726

Re: Conant-Ball end tables

to find out what finish is do the following, on an inconspicuous spot like the back of a leg: 1) dip cotton swab in denatured alcohol (not isopropyl alcohol from a medicine chest). If finish becomes sticky or comes off, it's shellac 2) dip new cotton swab in lacquer thinner. If finish becomes sticky...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help in restoring natural Zitan finish on a Chinese throne chair
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

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

I know this sounds like a tongue twister, but go to an art supply store and get Dick Blick's Black ink. It's a true black that will blend well based upon the photo

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