|Project by davidroberts||posted 1262 days ago||2043 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Hello my fellow LJers.
In the Texas heat, in a non-air conditioned garage, actual woodworking is more of a winter sport, especially if you are weak like me ;). But refinishing can be accomplished indoors, especially when my LOML says now would be a good time to get this done. I debated whether to post this as a blog or project. Believe me, this was a project, and I have a mess in the kitchen to show for it. This is a walnut and birds eye maple vanity for my daughter. The deal was my neighbor would let me have the bedroom set if I refinished it and gave it to my daughter. I posted the matching bed refinish about 2 months ago. Here’s the schedule:
Remove original hardware and strip with the nastiest chemicals I could find. I suggest wearing a moon suit for this task.
Scrub with a nylon brush and wash the waxy stripper off with lacquer thinner.
Devise ways to get glue into tiny cramped areas and under pealing veneer. I now know them all. Glue loose veneer. This was quite a chore and I used every spring clamp I had, 20 or so. I decided not to replace veneer. Just patch it up with glue as best I could.
Apply liberal amounts of Watco medium walnut wipe-on oil varnish and let sit till tackly, about 30 minute. Your milage may vary. Spot apply to dry areas. I didn’t do any sanding. The wood was just right after stripping. Although I did use a very fine Brite pad to spread the varnish around.
Wipe off real good with old tee shirts and let dry.
Apply several coats of teak oil to birds eye maple and the dark diagonal walnut drawer fronts.
Wait a few days (3 to 5 ) for the teak oil to dry. The varnish will dry indoors in 24 to 36 hours.
At this point I admired the simple beauty of the stained/varnished walnut. Classic beauty.
But I wanted a little more shine and protection so I applied Briwax dark brown wax everywhere with 4 naught steel wool, except the birds eye and dark drawer fronts, where I applied Renissience wax.
Buffed lightly until I got a nice glow.
Remove tarnish on the hardware using a stationary grinder wire wheel and buff with a cloth wheel using 2-5 micron paste. They can out pretty nice.
I finished this a week ago and now have finished the matching dresser this weekend and will post later.
Thanks for looking!
-- david roberts, who can't think of a catchy tag line.