|Project by Pheirendt||posted 05-28-2007 08:36 AM||3107 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
The staircase in our 100 year old home was rebuilt in the 1940s and changed considerably including painting it.
When we beagn stripping the Quarter Sawn White Oak (QSWO), we noticed that about 24 balusters and 2 newel posts had been replaced with a different hardwood – we were really disappointed! I found a craftsman in the St Louis area who is known for being able to duplicate balusters – I was heartened, our problem was not quite as unique as I thought.
We disassembled the entire railing system and began stripping, sanding, and refinishing.
On the 100 year old Quarter Sawn White Oak we use a Medium Walnut Tung Oil (hand rubbed) to get the warm tone we like. The newly replicated pieces required some tricky “pre-staining”. When I have to repair or replace the QSWO in our house, I stain it with a Dark Walnut Gel Stain and then sand the majority of the stain away and then use the hand rubbed Medium Walnut Tung Oil (this process darkens the grain to match the old QSWO). We then finish the piece with several coats of varnish.
Can you tell which ones are 100 years old and which ones are brand new?
-- Paul, St Louis, MO, www.paulheirendt.com