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10-14-2013 01:59 AM

A client sent me this photo of a Stickley table top that has been damaged by a candle. Ouch. Any suggestions on the best way to try and minimize the damage?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 03:07 AM

Fill with lacquer burn in stick, score pores with a pick,
then dry brush with hobby paint to match.

Colored wax furniture repair crayons work ok, but the
stuff stays soft and doesn’t take scoring or finish.

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 03:11 AM

That burn looks quite deep to me. The first question that comes to mind is this: is that an authentic Stickley table? The second question concerns whether or not you are an expert in restoring valuable antiques. If the answer to the first question is “yes,” and the answer to the second one is “no,” then I’d be more inclined to at least consult with a museum curator or a very experienced antiques appraiser before attempting to perform any repairs. You don’t want to devalue the piece. If the table turns out to be a reproduction, then you can likely repair it yourself. In that case, you’ll want to excise the charred wood and fill the void with something solid. Most likely, you’ll want to perform a burn in repair. This is a difficult skill to master. If, you’ve never tried it before, attempt it on scrap until you get it right. Again, your best bet might be to bring in a furniture touch up specialist. Failing that, companies like Mohawk and Minuteman offer courses in furniture touch-up.

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 03:53 AM

if the above suggestions don’t work, maybe a tablecloth????? (laughing) Sorry not my area of expertise but hopefully I made you laugh.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 04:01 AM

The burn is deep. I am not very knowledgeable in restoration, but I would start with stripping and Sanding. Then it would be a matter of how much damage is left. I prefer more Sanding and less filling.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 04:28 AM

Burn-in material can be removed with a hot pallet knife.

That’s why I recommended it. The repair won’t be
invisible but it can be made flush with minimal damage
to the surrounding finish and patina. Scrape flush with
razor blades. It will pull out small bits of the filler which
you can leave and make into pores or try to fill with
a bit more filler on a hot pick.

I would carve out the burnt wood. It will show at the
edges and may inhibit adhesion down in the valley.

Stickley is collectible but mostly not museum-level
values. It was mass produced in factories with machinery.

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#6 posted 10-14-2013 08:16 AM

Never heard of it. Just did an image search. Looks like motel furniture.Build a new one, charge $2000, and use that for a drill press stand.
OK. I’m not very helpful today.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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