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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: 100

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: 100

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: 100

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: 173

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: 178

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: 397

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: 590

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: 590

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: 1025

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: 616

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: 1025

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: 628

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: 1025

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: 1025

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: 3165

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: 3165

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: 1218

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: 1452

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...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Painting Cabinets—Using BIN
Replies: 1
Views: 1041

Re: Painting Cabinets—Using BIN

Zinnsser 123 is a water based primer. Valspar is a paint. Zinnsser BIN is an alcohol based shellac primer.

Since BIN is alcohol based, which is thinner or 'runnier', it may have filled in gaps, brush strokes, etc from the 2 previous coats.
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing a teak veneer coffee table - complete beginner!
Replies: 1
Views: 1086

Re: Refinishing a teak veneer coffee table - complete beginner!

Pictures would be a big help, but some quick thoughts: 1) Common mistake by beginners is sanding thru the veneer. When this happens you expose the underlayment which is usually a much lower grade wood. 2 questions: Why do you need to sand the surface? Why did you select 220 grit? If going to sand a ...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cleaning and refinishing a table
Replies: 11
Views: 3165

Re: Cleaning and refinishing a table

You got it!! Right on all counts. A couple tips on color matching. 1) Always go lighter in color, and slowly add darker colors. I've worked on pieces where I've had 6 different applications of color before I got to the right one. Start light, had a touch more of a darker color or different shade of ...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cleaning and refinishing a table
Replies: 11
Views: 3165

Re: Cleaning and refinishing a table

Based upon photos and your comments here are my thoughts and suggestions. 1) While it's possible that it's a wax finish, I don't think it is, so the 1st step is to determine finish. Use a Q-tip or small piece of rag and rub it against a small spot to determine finish - you may have to rub for 20 - 3...
by Bob Boardman
Wed May 27, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Fixing scratches on a wooden headboard.
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

Re: Fixing scratches on a wooden headboard.

Sonny- good job as my wingman. Tradesun -I think Sonny diagnosed the problem correctly. Here's how I'd proceed: 1) try to get some lacquer thinner, If you can't get this then try to get acetone, or solvent based nail polish remover 2) Using a small cotton swab of very, very small piece of cloth, dip...
by Bob Boardman
Mon May 25, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring an Hoosier cabinet
Replies: 1
Views: 1115

Re: Restoring an Hoosier cabinet

Wanderer - Here are some things to try: 1) Get a STIFF plastic brush, or even better, a brass bristle brush. You want a brush that has bristles about 1 inch long. You can find both at hardware or big box stores. They cost less than $2. Below is a link for one. These brushes can get into wood pore an...
by Bob Boardman
Tue May 12, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing ENTIRELY by hand
Replies: 1
Views: 1146

Re: Refinishing ENTIRELY by hand

I can't be sure but think the wood is oak At 1:45 he's mixing either a powdered dye or finely crushed shellac flakes. - Dye is different than stain - stain is pigment or pigment & stain. Dye has no pigment and when dry is translucent. In response to your question dyes can mixed into water, an oi...

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