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Protect Your Inlay

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Protect Your Inlay

One of my earliest furniture projects was a Sheraton Field bed that I built when I was 14 years old. Later, another version of that same bed was built. This time, however, I inlaid small birdseye panels into the square sections of the mahogany posts – an idea that caught my eye while surfing museum books. From nearly the beginning of my furniture building career, my favorite finish has used aniline dye to color my project with top coats of shellac and/or lacquer. As I contemplated how to finish the bed, I was concerned that all the work put into...

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TIP: Removing Wine Stains from Unfinished Wood

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Here are two methods for removing stains caused by spilled red wine on unfinished wood—for example, on a butcher-block countertop. 1.    Mix some Oxi-Clean with water to make a paste and put it on the affected area. Check after a few minutes to be sure it’s doing something. If so, leave it for a short time until the wine stain is removed.2.    Scrub the wood with a scouring powder, such as Ajax, that contains a little chlorine bleach. If either of these methods leaves a lighter spot on the wood, apply the cleaning solution to the entire surface so it...

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A Winning Finish

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A Winning Finish

Recently, I was involved in a “Woodworking Throw-Down” on the Lumberjocks.com forums. In just a few days, I needed to create a table-top box to store remote controls and ‘stuff’ in. So I pondered on it a bit, then settled on a “Bombe” style, with a contemporary flair, and maybe a little Asian influence. Not what most would expect from me, I do a lot of period work, but I also do a lot of contemporary, so this should be fun. I used 6/4 Tiger Maple and a piece of Curly Claro Walnut. Now, the rest of the story. I...

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW AND THE DESTRUCTION OF OLD FURNITURE

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW AND THE DESTRUCTION OF OLD FURNITURE

Finishes deteriorate as they age. First they dull, then they begin to craze and crack. Over a very long time, finishes deteriorate because of contact with oxygen, called “oxidation.” But bright UV light (especially sunlight and fluorescent light) accelerates the deterioration so much that you can reasonably think of the deterioration as caused by light alone. At some point in the life of better quality furniture (if it is to survive), the finish will likely have to be removed and replaced to renew the protection for the wood. Without a finish in good shape, furniture exposed to moisture or extreme...

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