|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 01-23-2012 06:30 AM||1702 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
OK – this project was “fun … ?” ... well it came out nice in the end but WHAT A PAIN!!! Have you ever run into one of those acrylic or epoxy finishes that just would NOT come off not matter what you did?
This bench was falling apart when we picked it up, the glue was failed on every joint. It was pegged, but the joints shrank it was entirely loose. The whole thing was just coming apart. We disassembled it entirely, broke it down to every last possible component. Drilled the old pegs and cleaned up all the old glue.
The finish was chipped and peeling in spots but horribly well bonded to the wood. Fortunately it is some kind of crazy rosewood, not even really sure exactly what kind but it’s hard as a rock. We tried every stripper we could the standard like methylene chloride and tululine did NOTHING. Acetone, not a dent. Alcohol, of course no point but we tried anyway. Just for fun, gas/kerosene – NOTHING.
We finally ended up using Eaco Chem’s paste stripper and it broke the barrier – we STILL ended up power washing the piece. That stuff is amazing though, it is like crisco but it’s a stripper you can stick your fingers in and it won’t burn. Environmentally friend, etc. Fortunately it’s such a durable wood, it just took the pressure and cleaned up back to bare wood. It took us two months of messing around with different options to get this thing stripped.
We then reassembled the piece with urethane adhesives. Set new pegs, and sanded everything to prep for finishing. The power washer already cleaned out every nook and cranny so it wasn’t necessary to pick at it.
We also replaced the panels holding the marble in place, those were just for some reason dried out and totally shot.
Finish is Waterlox tung oil, there’s no stain it just jumped up that amazing natural color.
All in the end – it turned out very nice and the finish apparently bonded very well as the client remains happy. This was done about five years ago.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com