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by GaryFera
Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Sealing Inside a Hoosier Cabinet
Replies: 4
Views: 2977

Re: Sealing Inside a Hoosier Cabinet

Thank you, Bob.
by GaryFera
Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Sealing Inside a Hoosier Cabinet
Replies: 4
Views: 2977

Re: Sealing Inside a Hoosier Cabinet

Thanks for the feedback Bob. Since I cannot spray (strictly a hobbyist) I find shellac (even diluted SealCoat) difficult to apply manually. I really like wiping on oil based poly but I just don't know if there is enough air ventilation in this situation to use it on the inside. What do you think? Gary
by GaryFera
Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Sealing Inside a Hoosier Cabinet
Replies: 4
Views: 2977

Sealing Inside a Hoosier Cabinet

Hoosier C ... Before - Copy - Copy.JPG It's been quite awhile since I have been here. I am refinishing the Hoosier cabinet shown below and am in the final stages. I have sealed the inside of the top half of the cabinet with water based poly. Since the metal counter top is raised above the bottom ha...
by GaryFera
Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help identifying a wood veneer
Replies: 0
Views: 4943

Help identifying a wood veneer

Can anyone tell me what kind of wood this is? It is awesome wood with a very complex grain structure but I cannot identify it mylef. Thanks.

Gary
by GaryFera
Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Dark Mahogany Stain
Replies: 7
Views: 6220

Thank you for the guidance. I need all the help I can get these days.

Gary
by GaryFera
Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Dark Mahogany Stain
Replies: 7
Views: 6220

Bob, unfortunately I only have one TransTint dye on hand and it is Dark Vintage Maple which if course is not really that dark. I cannot buy dyes locally or close by and having to wait a few days will cause me problems since I am trying to complete this project for a customer very soon. Will a dark s...
by GaryFera
Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Dark Mahogany Stain
Replies: 7
Views: 6220

Bob, I tried your suggestions with MinWax Walnut get stain and although the piece is somewhat darker it is nowhere near as dark as I need to get to. It does not appear to me that additional coats of the walnut stain will do the trick. Should I strip back to the bare wood and start over again? If so,...
by GaryFera
Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Dark Mahogany Stain
Replies: 7
Views: 6220

I am adding a different picture related to this situation because the original picture did not clearly enough demonstrate the stain color issue that I was dealing with. The color on the left is how the table looks right now - the color on the right is what I am trying to achieve. This project is at ...
by GaryFera
Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:01 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Problem with Grain on Antique Furniture
Replies: 6
Views: 6233

Bob, I had some Sealcoat and do use it from time to time to seal inside drawers of antique furniture.

I tried your latest suggestion and it worked well enough to let me move ahead. Thank you for your continuing support.

Gary
by GaryFera
Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Problem with Grain on Antique Furniture
Replies: 6
Views: 6233

Bob, I implemented your suggestions of wetting with paint thinner and rubbing the poly into the wood with a brush. Things are definitely better. But unfortunately this does not appear to solve the overall problem. I have a 4 piece bedroom set that I am refinishing and restoring and this is just the ...
by GaryFera
Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Dark Mahogany Stain
Replies: 7
Views: 6220

Dark Mahogany Stain

It seems that I now have 2 projects with issues that I cannot solve without experienced input. I am trying to match the color that is shown in the very bottom of the picture of the Duncan Phyfe table top middle section. The majority of the picture shows the current status after applying wood conditi...
by GaryFera
Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Problem with Grain on Antique Furniture
Replies: 6
Views: 6233

Bob, thanks for the quick feedback. I'll try your suggestions. In preparing the piece, after sanding I always use denatured alcohol to remove the dust. And I am using MinWax Wipe-On Poly which presumably is already thinned quite a bit. Does this information change your suggestion in any way? Do you ...
by GaryFera
Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Problem with Grain on Antique Furniture
Replies: 6
Views: 6233

Problem with Grain on Antique Furniture

I am refinishing a 1930s set of waterfall bedroom furniture. After stripping and fine sanding the first piece (a night stand) I started to top coat directly without applying any stain because the natural beauty and color of the wood are very nice. But there is something in the grain of the wood that...
by GaryFera
Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:06 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Problems with Silicone
Replies: 4
Views: 5721

Paul, thank you for the feedback. This is new information for me to add to my list of solutions.

Gary
by GaryFera
Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Problems with Silicone
Replies: 4
Views: 5721

Bob, thanks for the education. This has been a very frustrating experience. I learn something new every day and this was a tough lesson.

Gary
by GaryFera
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Problems with Silicone
Replies: 4
Views: 5721

Problems with Silicone

I am now experiencing my third project in the last few month that were impossible to either stain or dye because the antique had been presumably sprayed with a furniture cleaner like Pledge that left silicone in the pores of the wood. After stripping (which did not work well) and sanding completely ...
by GaryFera
Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Stain Color Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 5067

Thanks, Sonny. This is a good suggestion which I will get into sooner rather than later.

Gary
by GaryFera
Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Stain Color Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 5067

Sonny, welcome back. Sonny and Bob, thank you for your advice. This dresser is simply not of sufficient quality to warrant my re-veneering the drawer fronts nor do I yet have that skill. But I do want to learn how to do that. The analysis of the poor quality of the substructure wood is right on and ...
by GaryFera
Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Stain Color Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 5067

Stain Color Issue

I am about to abandon this project but thought it was at least worth trying to understand what went wrong. This project is to refinish an old dresser that it is solid wood and not veneer. Normally that would be very good but it was very inexpensive so it must not be quality wood and I am having enor...
by GaryFera
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Quarter Sawn Oak
Replies: 2
Views: 3041

Thanks, Bob. The gel stain approach helped. Lesson learned for the future. I am working on another piece that is solid oak (but not quarter sawn oak). I did not use wood conditioner on the piece above but perhaps I should on this piece to help even out the color. My one experience with using Zinsser...
by GaryFera
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Quarter Sawn Oak
Replies: 2
Views: 3041

Quarter Sawn Oak

I have stained the table top shown in the attached picture. This is quarter sawn oak with awesome grain but I am having trouble with one of the oak boards (middle of the picture) that does not appear anywhere near as dark as the rest of the table top. I did not do any wood conditioning but I did agg...
by GaryFera
Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Woodgrain with Paint
Replies: 2
Views: 3244

Bob, your third suggestion is the home run. That solved the problem almost completely. Thank you. Big lesson learned is to avoid antiques that have been painted.

Your expertise is much appreciated.

Gary
by GaryFera
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Woodgrain with Paint
Replies: 2
Views: 3244

Woodgrain with Paint

I am in the process of refinishing a small walnut veneer desk that had previously been painted white. Ugh. After stripping and thoroughly sanding (so I thought), I have now discovered that the white paint has gone so deeply into the grain that perhaps it will never come out. The pictures don’t sho...
by GaryFera
Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Stain Color
Replies: 1
Views: 2064

Stain Color

I conditioned the piece shown below using Zinsser SealCoat diluted 50% with denatured alcohol. Then I stained the piece with MinWax Wood Finish - Ebony #2718. I was purposely going for the very dark (black / ebony) look but that only happened in the centre area (which will be covered) where there wa...
by GaryFera
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Sanding
Replies: 2
Views: 2712

Bob, thank you again. My dream of skipping the sanding step seems to be an elusive one. Is it possible that an old tin of paint thinner would lose its potency? Yesterday, I used Sunnyside denatured alcohol and Varsol paint thinner to clean legs from the table (in my original question above). These l...

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