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Project by Jim Earl posted 01-25-2007 03:46 AM 1524 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lady brought this desk to me and said she had had it at anther wood workers for three years and he put it out back and you can see the results. Here you can see the before and after I had finished it.

-- Jim Earl http://www.myspace.com/earle5





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#1 posted 01-25-2007 03:55 AM

Good job Jim! Bet she was overjoyed with your work.

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#2 posted 01-25-2007 03:57 AM

Thank You and she broke down in tears when I un rapted it

-- Jim Earl http://www.myspace.com/earle5

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#3 posted 01-25-2007 03:59 AM

I knew it… there HAS to be a category of best refinished work in the next contest

You sling a pretty mean paint, too

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#4 posted 01-25-2007 04:10 AM

there was no painting on this project. A lot of hand sanding, rubbing on finishing, and sitting on the seat to see if it fells like the chair I set in in school. I believe I finished it with a nateral finish, with polyurethene to finish it off. This job is for the “when do you know when to stop sanding” . I knew by the grooves I sanded out in the seat. Jim

-- Jim Earl http://www.myspace.com/earle5

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#5 posted 01-25-2007 04:15 AM

What is that black thing at the bottom?

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#6 posted 01-25-2007 05:55 AM

I’m sorry, your right. There was black paint envolved but the most of it was alot of sanding. Thank You Jim

-- Jim Earl http://www.myspace.com/earle5

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#7 posted 01-25-2007 06:05 AM

I’m a very analytical person, I pay attention to detail and I listen very carefully to what peolpe say. I saw a new coat of paint… or something that looked like a new coat of paint.

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#8 posted 01-25-2007 06:37 AM

Great job Jim
Did you have to replace some of the wood ?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#9 posted 01-25-2007 08:09 AM

Jim, you’ve done a nice job of re-finishing this chair, Jim.

I’ve become aware of people who claim that refinishing devalues old stuff. They refer to the old cracked and pealing finish/paint as character and patina. Would there have been a way to rescue this piece to reasonable state but still retain some of that worn look?

I note that you decided to run the wood front-to-back on the seat, where previously it had run side to side as far as I can tell. Also, do I see some contour in the original seat shape, and have you done this or left it flat?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#10 posted 01-25-2007 07:24 PM

I hope I can answer all the questions. First the lady told me that it set out side the back door of another woodcraftmans shop for three years with all the weather getting to it. There was no saving any of the wood that was on there. I replaced all the wood on this project. Yes there was contour sanded into the seat. by the time I was done the seat fit my bottom very nicely, contours and all. This project should be under when do you know when to stop sanding. I take every project to the smallest detail to my limits and beyond in a few of them. I am my worst critic. If I dont like the way any of my projects turns out I start all over on them. I hope this answered all your questions. Thank You Jim

-- Jim Earl http://www.myspace.com/earle5

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