|Forum topic by AaronG||posted 05-19-2013 08:00 AM||1489 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
05-19-2013 08:00 AM
I have become more and more interested in woodwork over the last couple of years, I find myself regularly daydreaming about trying to make this or that simple item to start (window boxes/chopping boards/simple futon base/chicken run for allotment). Similarly, I have found myself eyeing up old pieces of furniture thinking ‘if I could refinish that, it would look fantastic, and I could afford to buy and live with it(!)’
At the moment it is the refinishing that I want to try first. I have a couple of projects in mind. I am intending practicing any techniques/processes I need to use on other bits of scrap wood whilst trying these early projects as I go along. I will post my progress on here, maybe it will in turn help others…
My brother recently gave me a bed for the flat into which I am about to move. The bed isn’t actually in all that bad condition really (maybe best described as a little ‘tired’). My thinking is that because it isn’t it that bad a condition to begin with, maybe it will be a straightforward project to fix up and get good results from, but I realise this might be wrong!
So, there are a few pictures of the bed below, and here are my initial questions:
Firstly, the pictures I have taken aren’t of the most damaged parts of the finish. The first picture, of the vertical post, show the type of wear there is on the frame – dents and scratches really, but the other pictures don’t relect the volume of ‘damage’ there is. (From the pictures the bed looks better than it does in the flesh!)
1. What type of wood does anybody think this is? All I can say is that it is very heavy!
3. My initial thinking (put in the most simple terms) is that some combination of stain removal, sanding/rubbing down with wire wool (for instance to smooth dents), then restaining, is the approach to take with this. Would anybody agree or disagree with this? (WIll come up with a detailed plan later).
4. Finally, here are photos of the slats upon which the mattress sits. Again they are heavy, and feel tough – I can’t nick them with my finger nail. There isn’t any way these could be the same wood as the frame is there? (I would assume not, but my brother paid what I would class as a large amount for the bed). I wonder this because if I wanted to try some stain or whatever I thought I could safely try on these bit of the bed.
Thanks very much