|Project by EPJartisan||posted 04-15-2010 07:44 PM||2578 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
A long time client of mine asked me if I would rehab an old 1940’s teak and cane patio couch, manufactured by Bramin from Scandinavia. I said no.. but a year later, after she tried several other places.. she came back to me in desperation. It was her mothers couch, and was in BAD shape. The caning had dried and was fragile (I put my hand right through it), the veneered table was stained and scratched, and partly bleached around a bowl that sat on it for almost a decade.. so there was a foot dia. dark spot in the middle, which in direct light still shows a little.. but far better than it was and anyone working with veneer knows the pain of staining veneer to match solid wood. The ash supports were painted green and the teak was bland and dry.. with the back side 2 shades lighter than the front.
I knew nothing about caning. Taught myself in 3 weeks the process and mistakes that can be made. 5 weeks after that my assistant and I finished the whole rehab to an amazing result. The teak popped out luminescent ribbons and the ash we left natural… amazing transformation.
It has two deep soaked coats of Danish oil, followed by two very light coats of 2 parts danish Oil/ 1 part UV protecting spar varnish/ 1/4 part naphtha… heated until the oiliness was gone (10 min) and finalized with a coat of naphtha thinned bees wax. Don’t want the teak to split in the sunlight. trick here: after we wiped, scraped and sanded the teak… we rub down with denatured alcohol to remove the teaks natural oils from the surface.
I am glad I learned caning, but I will try my best to never do it again. When I have more time I will blog about my experience.
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