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by GaryFera
Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Sanding
Replies: 2
Views: 2796

Sanding

I am in the process of stripping the table shown below. It is solid oak and the stripping gel is doing a very good job of removing the old layers of finish. After the stripping gel I am washing the pieces thoroughly with denatured alcohol. I have a few questions because I really don’t understand t...
by GaryFera
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Wood Conditioning
Replies: 2
Views: 4008

Bob, many thanks. Your explanation does put everything into perspective. You should consider writing a book - seriously.

Gary
by GaryFera
Thu May 31, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Wood Conditioning
Replies: 2
Views: 4008

Wood Conditioning

I have been using MinWax Wood Conditioner in my last few projects but am ready to switch to Zinsser SealCoat. The MinWax Wood Conditioner directions indicate that stain has to be applied within 2 hours. The Zinsser SealCoat directions do not stipulate anything about applying stain within a specified...
by GaryFera
Sun May 27, 2012 7:18 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Repair Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 3484

Bob, thank you again. I will follow your advice and hopefully learn how to do these types of repairs.

Gary
by GaryFera
Sat May 26, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Repair Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 3484

Bob, that is an amazing amount of detailed guidance. Thank you. I have no experience (yet) with burn in sticks so I will follow your guidance as well as I can. I should also have asked about how to fill cracks that exist in the very large legs of this table. Clamping and gluing these cracks shut is ...
by GaryFera
Thu May 24, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Repair Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 3484

Repair Advice

I am in the process of refinishing an antique dining room table. There are a few reasonably sizeable cracks on the table top and I would appreciate some feedback on how to repair these. Should I use stainable crack filler, grain filler, coloured putty, or nothing? Any other suggestions would be welc...
by GaryFera
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:45 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing Cherry Wood
Replies: 0
Views: 3624

Refinishing Cherry Wood

I am refinishing a cedar chest for a friend who was told that it was made out of cherry wood. From the pictures below, the top appears to be walnut crotch wood veneer to me and very nice. The sides are supposed to be cherry wood but I have no experience with this kind of wood. An expert opinion on w...
by GaryFera
Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Q&A Forum Web Site Issue
Replies: 2
Views: 3214

Thank you for the feedback. I understand why you would disable it.

This web site is a great help to me.

Gary
by GaryFera
Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Q&A Forum Web Site Issue
Replies: 2
Views: 3214

Q&A Forum Web Site Issue

When I try to forward a web site search result from the Q&A Forum, I always get an Internet error message (web site page not found). Is this a known problem with the web site or is it likely a problem at my end?

Gary
by GaryFera
Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: How to Tell When Stain Is Dry Enough to Top Coat
Replies: 2
Views: 7340

Bob, thanks for the insight. Your toner comment makes perfect sense so I will eliminate the denatured alcohol test from my repertoire.

Sealing the stain makes sense but is an extra step that I will selectively take.

Gary
by GaryFera
Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: How to Tell When Stain Is Dry Enough to Top Coat
Replies: 2
Views: 7340

How to Tell When Stain Is Dry Enough to Top Coat

Do I simply follow the manufacturer's directions for stain dry time before top coating? I have read that if you swab the stained piece with denatured alcohol and stain shows on the cloth, then the stain is not fully cured or dry enough to top coat. Some chairs that I have stained have been sitting i...
by GaryFera
Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Synthetic Steel Wool
Replies: 2
Views: 2648

Sonny, thanks for the feedback. It looks like I have some testing to do. I was aware of the steel wool / oak rusting issue and that's part of the reason I like the synthetic steel wool. It's not a cost issue but rather just that I find the synthetic steel wool easier to work with and it creates far ...
by GaryFera
Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:55 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Synthetic Steel Wool
Replies: 2
Views: 2648

Synthetic Steel Wool

When sanding between coats of stain or top coats of polyurethane, I generally used very fine (220 grit or finer) sandpaper. I would be interested in feedback on whether or not using 3M or Norton synthetic steel wool could be used instead.

Thanks.

Gary
by GaryFera
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:48 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: SealCoat
Replies: 2
Views: 2856

Thank you very much.

Gary
by GaryFera
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Blotches after Staining
Replies: 2
Views: 2484

Bob, thank you for the advice. I wipe all the surfaces down with denatured alcohol before staining. I did make some progress by using the wood conditioner approach. But the SealCoat recommendation seems frequent and consistent so I will try that. I looked in some of the local stores but did not find...
by GaryFera
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: SealCoat
Replies: 2
Views: 2856

SealCoat

A search that I did contained the information shown below. I am trying to locate the referenced article by Paul but am having trouble. Can someone direct me it please? Gary ------------------------------------------------------------------------: "Are sealcoat and washcoat technically the same ...
by GaryFera
Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Blotches after Staining
Replies: 2
Views: 2484

Blotches after Staining

I am in the process of stripping, sanding and staining 6 antique dining room chairs. I am not sure what the chairs are made of but I think the legs / arms are maple, the seat back is walnut and the seat front is walnut crotch wood. The staining of the first chair went well but I ran into trouble on ...
by GaryFera
Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Need Advice on Color Matching
Replies: 2
Views: 2304

Thanks for the feedback, Bob. Glad to hear that the wood variations will diminish or disappear with staining and top coating. I still have to resolve how to refinish the chairs. Input from an experienced friend suggests that I can raise the grain of the wood with distilled water so that the stain wi...
by GaryFera
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Need Advice on Color Matching
Replies: 2
Views: 2304

Need Advice on Color Matching

I am refinishing an antique dining room set and I need help in a few areas. Firstly, I am not sure what kind of wood I am dealing with on the surface of the table (link to picture provided below). Secondly, after stripping and sanding the table top (one half done), there are some variations in the w...
by GaryFera
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Sanding Discs
Replies: 8
Views: 4098

Bob and Sonny, thank you for the encouraging feedback. Not only do I get expert advice, I get positive reinforcement too. I could not ask for more.

Thank you again.

Gary
by GaryFera
Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Sanding Discs
Replies: 8
Views: 4098

Sanding Discs

Sonny and Bob, thank you for the advice on how to potentially clean the disc and even more thank you for the advice on what I might have done wrong. You probably don't really want to know how many, many grits I skipped in my amateur attempt to get a mirror like surface. I have included a before and ...
by GaryFera
Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Sanding Discs
Replies: 8
Views: 4098

Sanding Discs

I used an 8000 grit sanding disc to try to get a mirror finish on an antique dresser than I just restored using a wet sanding approach (with mixed success). The disc picked up quite a bit of residue. Hopefully this can be cleaned off and the disc reused since it was not inexpensive. I would apprecia...
by GaryFera
Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Round Dovetail Joints
Replies: 9
Views: 9775

Thanks for confirming Sonny's assessment and letting me move on to the next refinishing project. I am fairly new at this refinishing game and loving every minute of it and I find this forum incredibly helpful.

Gary
by GaryFera
Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Round Dovetail Joints
Replies: 9
Views: 9775

Round Dovetail Joints

Sonny, I will take your advice and run for the hills. Your experience saved me from a likely failed refinishing project if I were to have tackled this one. Thank you for your candor.

Gary
by GaryFera
Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Round Dovetail Joints
Replies: 9
Views: 9775

Round Dovetail Joints

I managed to get some pictures of the desk that I have been asking questions about. The pictures are not very good. Perhaps what I am seeing are simply dowels which I suspect would change any assessment. Feedback is still appreciated. Thanks. Gary http://s1071.photobucket.com/albums/u518/GaryFera

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