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Project by MigWoodwork posted 04-23-2013 07:12 AM 928 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently refinished a mahogany entry way in Denver, Colorado. As you can see in the last picture, the finish was in rough shape. Somebody actually tried to brush on a red mahogany stain over a clear varnish which looked horrible. I managed to strip the door sand it and restain and varnish it.

-- http://www.migwoodwork.com





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josh

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 07:41 AM

Come up to Fort COllins. I need a door like that.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 09:20 AM

Great job and nice save to a real beauty.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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MigWoodwork

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 01:51 PM

thanks guys. I am glad that other people like it too. Josh, i am happy to come up to ft Collins and refinish your door ;-)

-- http://www.migwoodwork.com

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 01:54 PM

This will definitely be a feather in your cap when it comes to future clients. Nice job.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ScottKaye

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 04:57 PM

Oh man.. I have the exact same situation going on with my front door though mine look a little worse for wear than yours. Id love to here the exact techniques and products you used to get that finish looking as good as you did. I thought about chemically stripping but ruled that out as I don’t want my door to swell from moisture absorption. How did you get around this?

Thanks

Scott

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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MigWoodwork

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 05:13 PM

Hi Scott,

unfortunately this is not my door. I do this for a living. I did use a chemical stripper to get rid of the old finish, just make sure you let it dry for a day and than sand it. Use a pigment stain because it holds up better than dye stains. Than finish it off with a durable exterior varnish. Normally it takes me 5-6 days from start to finish but this particular door took about 12 days because i still ran into some problems with the old finish.

-- http://www.migwoodwork.com

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MigWoodwork

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 05:16 PM

the house is actually for sale if someone would like to buy it.
http://www.redfin.com/CO/Castle-Rock/3737-Castle-Butte-Dr-80109/home/35248269

-- http://www.migwoodwork.com

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ScottKaye

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 06:19 PM

Thanks for the tips. I now see what my mistake in the past has been. After stripping I hosed doors down with water to get rid of the stripper. So you’re saying to just scrape as much of the stripper off the door as you can then let it dry thoroughly and hit it with some sand paper. Thanks, I’ll give it a try. My wife wants me to paint the door but what woodworker has the goombas to do that?

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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MigWoodwork

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#9 posted 04-23-2013 07:57 PM

they sell an afterwash you can use to get rid of the sticky stuff or use mineral spirits, that works too

-- http://www.migwoodwork.com

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