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by garlanre
Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Fixing Cracks in Bar Epoxy Finish
Replies: 3
Views: 6688

Thank you, Sonny!

The table is from the 1970s and it was stored in a shed for awhile and was subjected to wide temperature fluctuations. The wood itself is not cracked, but it may have expanded and contracted to cause the cracks. Or maybe epoxy expands and contracts. I don't know, but the cracks are deep. They go rig...
by garlanre
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Fixing Cracks in Bar Epoxy Finish
Replies: 3
Views: 6688

Fixing Cracks in Bar Epoxy Finish

I have this tree stump table from the sixties. It has "jewels" stuck in the cracks of the wood and secured there with a thick coat of epoxy. It's kind of cool except that the epoxy has cracked in several places. We're talking major cracks, all the way down to the wood. I would like to fix ...
by garlanre
Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining a mid century table
Replies: 6
Views: 7163

Uh oh...It didn't come out right

I goofed. I put the sealcoat on the table as you suggested and then followed up with a coat of Minwax cherrywood gel stain. I liked the reddish tint, and I figured I could put something darker over it if I didn't like it. The stain went on nice and even. Sealcoat is a great product. But unfortunatel...
by garlanre
Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: best wood glue
Replies: 1
Views: 3067

best wood glue

A few years ago, I glued and clamped a split in the planking of a table I was working on. It came out fine and has held for years. But over time, a crack appeared next to the repaired place. I'm thinking that this wouldn't have happened if the glue I used on the original crack had been pliable. I ha...
by garlanre
Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Tips on restoring three Heywood Wakefield pieces?
Replies: 5
Views: 8192

"...badly scratched, stained, and watermarked" doesn't sound salvageable to me. But I hope it is, since refinishing is a ton of work.
by garlanre
Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Teak Table Sun Faded - Help to restore color & finish?
Replies: 4
Views: 8607

Your table is gorgeous. Please post photos when it's finished. Thanks.
by garlanre
Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Tips on restoring three Heywood Wakefield pieces?
Replies: 5
Views: 8192

I would strip all three pieces and refinish them the same way so they coordinate. If you leave one with the original finish, it will look different from the others. Also, these pieces were never designed for the finish to last 70 years, so I'll bet it's not in the best of shape. I have been strippin...
by garlanre
Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining a mid century table
Replies: 6
Views: 7163

Thank you, Bob. I know I've got some Sealcoat around here somewhere. I'll send you finished pics when I'm done.
by garlanre
Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining a mid century table
Replies: 6
Views: 7163

Staining a mid century table

Hi, I have a midcentury table by Paul McCobb that I think is birch. I stripped the top and I want to stain it to give it back its darker, older-looking patina. But birch absorbs stain unevenly. Is there any product I can put on to prepare the birch wood to absorb the stain evenly? And what color sta...
by garlanre
Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Valuable Saarinen chairs have de-laminated bent plywood legs
Replies: 1
Views: 3629

Valuable Saarinen chairs have de-laminated bent plywood legs

I have these amazing chairs designed by Eero Saarinen in the 1960s. In good shape, they are worth a lot of money. Unfortunately, mine need complete restoration. The legs are a mess, as you can see by clicking on the link below (for some reason, I can't post pics here). My question is how to repair t...
by garlanre
Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Repairing De-laminated Plywood
Replies: 0
Views: 3815

Repairing De-laminated Plywood

I recently acquired some valuable chairs that were designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in the 1960s. Unfortunately, they need complete restoration. My immediate concern is what to do with the bent plywood legs, which are in really bad shape. I'm pretty confident that I can replace the chipped and to...
by garlanre
Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: An opaque stain?
Replies: 7
Views: 7062

Hi Bob and Sonny, This worked incredibly well! I have a mid century modern walnut chair with arms that start at the top of the back seat and curve downward, like a bow. To make a piece on a curve like that, you'd have to cut across the grain as well as along it, and I found that it absorbed stain ve...
by garlanre
Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: An opaque stain?
Replies: 7
Views: 7062

An opaque stain?

Heywood Wakefield furniture has a wonderful finish that Bob Boardman told us about that is halfway between a stain and a paint. It effectively mutes the grain, thus emphasizing the form of the piece rather than the wood itself. Many mid century pieces, especially those made out of walnut, have a fin...
by garlanre
Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Replacing Chipped Veneer
Replies: 2
Views: 4213

Thanks Sonny. I can't wait to try your suggestion of filling in the gaps with liquid shellac. Do I color it with regular oil-based paints? Would model paints work? I like using model paints because there are so many colors and you can mix them to get near-perfect color matches. Regarding the chipped...
by garlanre
Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Replacing Chipped Veneer
Replies: 2
Views: 4213

Replacing Chipped Veneer

I have a beautiful mid-century teak and teak veneer console that has chips in the veneer. I replaced some of the pieces, but I'm not particularly happy with the results (see pics). There is one place left that still needs repair. I'm not sure whether I should do it, since I could really bomb and mak...
by garlanre
Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Water Damage to Particle Board under Veneer
Replies: 2
Views: 4017

Thanks, Sonny. That's what I thought. I was trying to decide whether to buy the piece on Craigslist (it's so great looking otherwise). But I had a feeling that mess on top would be a deal-breaker. Since people on this list are so incredibly knowledgeable, I thought it was at least worth asking. But ...
by garlanre
Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Water Damage to Particle Board under Veneer
Replies: 2
Views: 4017

Water Damage to Particle Board under Veneer

I have a really nice credenza that is a mess on the top (see Flickr pics). Short of replacing the whole top, is this repairable? Could I somehow slip a knife under the veneer and scrape the particle board back down and then reglue the veneer? Or is it, as I suspect, a hopeless case? Rebecca http://w...
by garlanre
Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Stripping Furniture with Delicate Inlay
Replies: 5
Views: 9530

Your observations are really helpful. Thanks. If I'm correct, to heat the inlay, I would run an iron over a wet cloth to melt the glue and then clamp it. Is that right? I've never had great success with this. How long would you suggest I hold the iron over the spot? And how hot should the iron be? A...
by garlanre
Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:36 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Stripping Furniture with Delicate Inlay
Replies: 5
Views: 9530

Thanks Sonny. I just posted photos on Flickr. I hope these will give you a better sense of my concerns.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54183354@N04/?saved=1

Best,
Rebecca
by garlanre
Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Stripping Furniture with Delicate Inlay
Replies: 5
Views: 9530

Stripping Furniture with Delicate Inlay

A friend has asked me to refinish the top of her antique mahogany dining table. I'm an experienced refinisher, but this table worries me. It has a band of inlay around the outside edge that is chipping, has little pieces missing, and is dry and brittle. I'm afraid that using conventional stripping m...

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