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Project by XquietflyX posted 11-02-2015 04:31 PM 860 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bookshelf has been in my wife’s family for at least 40 years she wanted to restore it, while leaving its character and “family heirloom” status.
I chemically stripped it, then worked it with brass brushes.
Sanded from 80 through 220.
Cherry Stain and Cherry Watco Danish oil.

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...





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Brett

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#1 posted 11-03-2015 04:16 AM

You know what? My experience has been that it’s more work to refinish than to build new and finish. You did well! I don’t have the patience to strip and refinish so my hats off to you for sticking with it and preserving a beautiful piece of family history!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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XquietflyX

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#2 posted 11-03-2015 02:29 PM

Thanks, it was a fun project. I try to learn something from every project i build, this one taught me chemical stripper is some nasty stuff…... and buffing out Watco really makes a difference.

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#3 posted 11-03-2015 03:23 PM

Thats a pretty amazing difference! So cool that it has such a history too. Congratulations.

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#4 posted 11-03-2015 03:30 PM

You’ve done a fine job of restoration on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 11-03-2015 09:19 PM

Very nicely done

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 01:17 PM

Hello friend, Don S. here (AKA Porchfish-Porchfish studio), from the Tallahassee Fl. area. Just wanted to say hello and tell you welcome to the group. Nice looking piece for the permanent family collection. I love Watco, and use an awful lot of it when I’m going for the classy look like your piece. It adds warmth and permanence to a piece of furniture !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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XquietflyX

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#7 posted 11-12-2015 02:51 PM

thanks for the kind words!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#8 posted 11-16-2015 09:33 PM

Nice restoration, I’ve done quite a bit of refinishing work myself, and it’s no picnic! Great job.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#9 posted 12-27-2015 08:11 PM

Looks like you are new to Lumberjocks, so welcome.
As for the bookcase . . . Well done. Hope that your wife appreciates all of the effort. Looks good.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 12-27-2015 08:19 PM

Nice restoration, what chemical do you use to the strip paint? Just curious…

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XquietflyX

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#11 posted 12-29-2015 03:29 AM

I used kleen strip

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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