Rocker refurb

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Project by MatthewG posted 12-27-2010 02:31 AM 1548 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This rocker had lived for a while on Washington Island—tip of Door County in Lake Michigan. This is the most humid place I have EVER seen. The rocker was originally finished in a penetrating (non-film forming) finish that had pretty much failed. It had developed a white fungus or mold on the surface—ummm, not at all attractive.

Had to wash it with bleach, sand out the raised grain. It must have four or five different woods in it, I guess chosen for ease of turning or strength. To seal, I used oil-based stain applied several coats of poly finish.

I was amazed at how well it turned out. Uniform color, lots of figure in the wood.

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 04:20 AM

That’s a beauty—probably better than new thanks to you.

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 08:25 AM

My hat is off to you! My Dad gave me one like this to replace the rockers on and re-glue the joints. Hving tried to re-finish one previously, i informed him on the front end that that i had no intention of trying to refinish it, only stain the rockers as well as matching as possible. You put some serious time and manpower into that! -WOW!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 10:18 AM

It looks great! Nice save.

-- RayCurtis

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#4 posted 01-01-2011 08:07 PM

Look nice ! I know what you r talking about when it come to the end results. I’m a furniture builder but I repair a lot since the economy took a turn. Some of the things I refinish surprises me in the end, Try getting out water rings out of table tops, they turn oak black, or some times they are white. Two different ways to get them out too.

keep up the good work…

-- Doug, Michigan,

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