|Project by BinghamtonEd||posted 06-27-2012 03:23 PM||1324 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This is a bookshelf that my grandfather-in-law built as a teen back in the late 30’s or early 40’s. It had been stained, shellac’d, restained, dinged, scratched, etc over the last 70 or 80 years. My wife wanted to keep it in the family, but wanted it to be refinished to look nice in our nursery (expecting our first, a girl, on Aug. 16th). I stripped the old finishes off, and scraped/sanded it to bare wood. New finish was a seal-coat of 1# cut dewaxed shellac, TransTint dark walnut dye, and MinWax Polyurethane. I really like the new look because the grain of the wood is no longer hidden. My wife is happy, which is what ultimately means success.
I don’t know exactly what the wood is. It looks like cherry, but isn’t anywhere near as hard. I was thinking red alder, but I don’t think that grows in NW Pennsylvania, and at the time it was made, they would’ve used what wood was at hand. There is a lot of nice figure to the wood, and one of the shelves has some nice curl to it, much like I’ve seen on the maple I’ve used before.
I wish I had taken some “before” pictures, sorry.
-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.