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by Bob Boardman
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: How do I fix this varnish (shellac?)
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: How do I fix this varnish (shellac?)

First test to see if it's shellac. Rub a small spot with a Q tip dipped in denatured alcohol (rubbing alcohol may work, but has water in it). If the area comes off, dissolves or gets sticky, it's shellac. If so Howards may work, but the pro's would proceed as follows. 1) scrape/sand any loose pieces...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help stripping stained teak veneer dining table.
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: Help stripping stained teak veneer dining table.

wipe down with mineral spirits and see if it finish that's not removed or stain or dye
by Bob Boardman
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining question
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Staining question

It's possible that there's still some old finish, but maple can be a difficult wood to stain, leaving you with a lot of splotches. Rub surface with rag dampened with paint thinner - this will highlight any areas with finish still on them. There are a number of ways to prevent splotches depending on ...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: How to fix this worktop
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: How to fix this worktop

Rough to tell from picture, but I'd use some type of wood filler, sand smooth (or to equivalent of surrounding area), and spray entire edge with a color that's close to the top in terms of color, shade and sheen
by Bob Boardman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Damaged Table Top Finish
Replies: 1
Views: 410

Re: Damaged Table Top Finish

A white spot means there's moisture in the finish. A dark spot means there's moisture in the wood. Damage in the finish is easier to repair than damage in the wood. Try the following items in the following sequence until you get good results. • Apply an oily substance, such as petroleum jelly or may...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing Top of Walnut Dresser
Replies: 1
Views: 368

Re: Refinishing Top of Walnut Dresser

The tried and true strippers contain methyl(ene) chloride. You need good ventilation good and acid proof gloves, but this cuts thru everything. Safer products are Savogran 01102 Strypeeze Semi-Paste Stripper or Klean Strip
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

Shellac dries quickly. Were you sure the surfaces you washed with vinegar had completely dried? Not dry to touch, but thoroughly dried like overnight in a warm spot. If not, shellac may not be 'set' allowing smell to come thru
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser

If you had already sprayed the inside w/shellac it should be ok. Did you wipe down the underside of the top?
by Bob Boardman
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Musty/damp clothes smelling old dresser
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: Musty/damp clotges smelling old dresser

When you say you wiped and sprayed, what areas are you referring to: - inside of individual drawers - outside of drawers, including the bottoms - inside of dresser with all drawers removed (including the top) If you missed any of these areas, wipe down with a diluted bleach solution, let dry for 24 ...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Peppermint oil finish damage on table
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: Peppermint oil finish damage on table

Thanks for the pic. Based on seeing this, I think I'm going to change my response slightly. This is a down and dirty way to make the damage look less conspicuous. It's NOT a repair, rather a way to help hide damage. Go to an art supply store and buy a bunch of different color brown markers (they're ...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Peppermint oil finish damage on table
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: Peppermint oil finish damage on table

The image didn't come thru, but doing a spot repair takes a fair amount of skill and is usually best done by a pro. Some of the reasons are: - the finish is most likely not poly. I say this because poly (or any finish called 'varnish') is quite durable and wouldn't show this type of damage. - Based ...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: What is This Groove Around the Back of This Chair?
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: What is This Groove Around the Back of This Chair?

Sonny. At sometime we’re gonna have to share a Pennsylvania Egg Nog. Cheers!
by Bob Boardman
Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: What is This Groove Around the Back of This Chair?
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: What is This Groove Around the Back of This Chair?

Sonny. Thanks for this. I couldn’t see the pics well and thought the holes were larger has would have been used in caning. Good job!! Merry Christmas
by Bob Boardman
Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: What is This Groove Around the Back of This Chair?
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: What is This Groove Around the Back of This Chair?

Can't really see the pics, but I believe that cane or wicker was used on the seat and back. The holes are where the wicker would have been woven thru, and the cut strip is where a piece of cord or wicker was inserted to hide some of the holes
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: 936

Re: Wondering how to achieve this edge effect

No picture
by Bob Boardman
Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help With Matching Stain
Replies: 1
Views: 816

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: 1364

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: 1364

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: 1364

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: 1255

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: 1313

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: 1555

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: 1555

Re: Getting some orange/red out of mahogany veneer

Ques 1: Sealcoat
Ques 2: Yes

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