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by Bob Boardman
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Wondering how to achieve this edge effect
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Wondering how to achieve this edge effect

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by Bob Boardman
Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help With Matching Stain
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: Help With Matching Stain

What type of wood is it? Different woods take stain differently. The majority of the work in matching a stain is making samples. If the wood on the underside of table is same as the top surface, use this as your 'sample canvas. It's very difficult to match color from a photo, but first rule is alway...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Reclaimed wood look - cabinet
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: Reclaimed wood look - cabinet

I wish I had an easy answer, but the only way is trial and error. Test on scrap wood first
by Bob Boardman
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Reclaimed wood look - cabinet
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: Reclaimed wood look - cabinet

You're gonna have a rough time matching color and grain/saw marks, but here goes. Get a piece of wood that's 10" long and an inch or two wider that the door. Wrap it in plastic wrap. Get wood filler and follow can directions. Apply more than you need to damaged section. Push the plastic wrapped...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Reclaimed wood look - cabinet
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: Reclaimed wood look - cabinet

Try using 'crop' feature and get rid of space around the areas you want to show.
by Bob Boardman
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Yakisugi Japanese Scorched Wood Finish
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Yakisugi Japanese Scorched Wood Finish

Am not recommending this , or saying it's a good, better or best method, but I saw this done once. You definitely need a fire extinguisher nearby and do it outdoors Guy worked with maple primarily. As best I recall would make a mix of about 2/3s cup paint thinner, 1/3 cup gasoline and about 1 or 2 t...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Micro bubble formation using polywax sealer
Replies: 3
Views: 645

Re: Micro bubble formation using polywax sealer

I think Sonny covered about everything that I would suggest, starting with brush issues, and then using as a wipe on. The only things I can think of that might be worth a try are (in no particular order): 1) If table surface is NOT veneer, turn table over, sand to get to 'new' wood and use this as y...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Getting some orange/red out of mahogany veneer
Replies: 5
Views: 923

Re: Getting some orange/red out of mahogany veneer

You've got some sand thru issues. The shellac is always a good first step. It's alcohol based so both water and oil based products will adhere to it. The other benefit is that if you apply stain and don't like the color you can wipe it off before it starts to dry. Wipe off with damp rag dipped in pa...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Getting some orange/red out of mahogany veneer
Replies: 5
Views: 923

Re: Getting some orange/red out of mahogany veneer

Ques 1: Sealcoat
Ques 2: Yes
by Bob Boardman
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Getting some orange/red out of mahogany veneer
Replies: 5
Views: 923

Re: Getting some orange/red out of mahogany veneer

Alex - you're correct - a little green will tone down the reddish color and give the top a more brownish color. What you would have to do is buy green dye - here's a link - get medium green https://www.rockler.com/homestead-dry-dyes Before you apply to the desk you should prep the surface by applyin...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Paul McCobb Chairs
Replies: 3
Views: 903

Re: Paul McCobb Chairs

Based upon the photos here are some thoughts and questions; 1) It looks like the result you're after has,no, if any, stain in it. It looks to be a clear coat over natural wood. 2) The 1st 2 pictures show that color has been used on the chairs. While you have sanded a lot of color off the chair, some...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Repair veneer table top
Replies: 2
Views: 851

Re: Repair veneer table top

I don't see a pic so rough to tell. Is damaged area a whitish color or is it dark in color?
by Bob Boardman
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Table top epoxy hold up to heat tolerance??
Replies: 1
Views: 1026

Re: Table top epoxy hold up to heat tolerance??

You should have no problem
by Bob Boardman
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring a card catalog
Replies: 3
Views: 1274

Re: Restoring a card catalog

Also search under "restore"
by Bob Boardman
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring a card catalog
Replies: 3
Views: 1274

Re: Restoring a card catalog

Sharon As a start, it looks like maple. Q1: 1) If you see the closeup pictures of the drawers, the front of some are worn out, some more than others? How do I revive these? What do you mean by revive. Do you mean sand down to bare wood and stain and finish? Or do you mean just spray on some color to...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help Restoring a 1930's Stickley Table
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Help Restoring a 1930's Stickley Table

Dave - agree that Maple is the likely wood. If you've got TransTint dyes, and a decent eye for color matching, you can try adding some to the plaster of paris. Keep in mind that the dried color will be a touch lighter, but you can use a different strength dye. The other option is to seal with shella...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help refinishing 1930's era bedroom set
Replies: 3
Views: 1378

Re: Help refinishing 1930's era bedroom set

Not sure I fully understand, but here's a basic schedule to try. Wood grows with different patterns. This causes wood to absorb more (or less) stain based on the growth pattern. To help get a more even color when staining try this. 1) When sanding is complete, get a product called Sealcoat. Apply 1 ...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help Restoring a 1930's Stickley Table
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Help Restoring a 1930's Stickley Table

Dave - Only reason I use the plaster of paris is that it becomes transparent when a finish is over it. In my experience with other grain fillers you usually have to do some color matching. The plaster just shows the natural color of the wood.
Glad the glue mix worked
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: What Finish?
Replies: 2
Views: 1319

Re: What Finish?

Lacquer was just coming into use at that time. The finish was probably oil based varnish. If sanding be careful not to sand thru finisih and remove color. It's common to add some dye or stain to the finish. I'd light sand with a 400 grit paper, vacuum up dust, and, if practical, get a spray can of S...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help Restoring a 1930's Stickley Table
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Help Restoring a 1930's Stickley Table

Make a mix of white wood glue and water. 2 parts glue to one part water. Brush this over the top and let dry for 12 hours. 320 grit sanding with a sanding block, and then another coat of glue mix and resand. The dried glue stabilizes the wood, but won't do much for crack filling
by Bob Boardman
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help Restoring a 1930's Stickley Table
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Help Restoring a 1930's Stickley Table

Some random thoughts: 1) Are you sure that the end panel veneer is cherry, not birch. Hard to tell from pic. 2) Crack filling: This is an old timers method that I'm about to tell you, so test on a small area first. Mix up a solution of plater of paris according to directions. Apply over a cracked ar...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cleaning and refinishing a table
Replies: 11
Views: 4211

Re: Cleaning and refinishing a table

It does have ability to raise grain but light sanding with a 400 grit takes care of this
by Bob Boardman
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cleaning and refinishing a table
Replies: 11
Views: 4211

Re: Cleaning and refinishing a table

Sounds like it’s shellac. Ammonia also removes shellac - not sudsy ammonia regular ammonia. Use in well ventilated area. It’s quicker than alcohol because of slower evap rate. Use with a spray bottle.
A toothbrush will work.
by Bob Boardman
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: 40's desk--found insect damage, now what?
Replies: 2
Views: 1812

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

A picture would be big help. A lot depends on whether these holes are recent or from decades ago. If you could roughly describe how wide the holes are that would be a big help. A quick solution would be to get an eye dropper or syringe, and put a couple (couple meaning 2) drops of bleach in it. Care...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: problem with spot in table
Replies: 3
Views: 2243

Re: problem with spot in table

I think you have 2 problems. The first is water damage, and the 2nd - depending on the type of finish, could be loss of finish. I'd try the following in this sequence: 1) Heat the finish with a blow dryer. Use a medium setting and don't stay in one place too long. The heat can cause moisture to evap...

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