Refinishing a Beech table?

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Forum topic by Sirgreggins posted 04-10-2014 04:53 PM 982 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2014 04:53 PM

My aunt has asked me to refinish her kitchen table for her. I’m not 100% sure but it appears to be made of Beech. There are a few things I’m looking for information on. First, based on the pictures does this look like Beech? If not, what do you guys think it is? The second thing is, she bought new chairs and I will have to stain/dye the table to match. I’m on the fence between transtint and GF dye stains (walnut). I do have Charles Neil’s pre conditioner already, and I’ve heard that Beech can blotch pretty easily. Top coat will be satin poly. Thoughts?

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#1 posted 04-10-2014 05:53 PM

Yes, I think that your table could be made of beech, although maple is another possibility. I make it a point not to play “guess that wood” because I’m often wrong. In any case, given that both maple and beech are sometimes prone to blotching, I think that you’re on the right track as far as staining is concerned. Given the choice between the GF dye and the trans-tint dye, I’d probably gravitate towards the GF one. That mixture already contains a small amount of acrylic binder which will keep the dye from penetrating as deeply and that will help to minimize any issues with blotchiness. Finally, will your satin poly be oil based or waterborne? If the latter, you’d be wise to seal the dye with a coat of dewaxed shellac prior to applying your poly in order to prevent the dye from bleeding into the topcoat.

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#2 posted 04-10-2014 06:00 PM

I can’t weigh in on finish but, looking at the wood, I would have to guess something like in the ramin category of wood.

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#3 posted 04-10-2014 07:36 PM

i forgot to mention that it has open pores, so i think maple is out. I will be using an oil based poly as a top coat so i’m going to seal with shellac just to be safe. Any else want to weigh in on the wood?

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