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05-04-2015 12:26 AM

I know someone somewhere wants this old Raccoon lodge announcement case. - 6 replies

Its about 34” tall and 25” wide and 5” deep. Heavy. Looks like old yellow pine, but I’m not an expert, the grain looks like that of the pine floors in my 1906 colonial. Probably from the 1940s or 50s yes, I am selling it, but want it to go to someone who would appreciate it. But, I can’t reach my target audien...

11-03-2014 03:30 PM

I want to clean a painted and lacquered whicker piece, but old paint is flaking off. Advice - 8 replies

This was a garage sale leftover that was free and I just couldn’t pass it up.What I would really like to do is knock the dust off of it and just clear coat.However, the checked paint on the top is fairly loose as is the black lacquer on the binding. I thought that a light spray clear coat would hold the paint on and then I coul...

10-08-2014 11:58 AM

Can I add Japan Dryer danish oil? - 11 replies

Refinishing an oak table. I applied a few coats of Danish oil but it’s humid and not drying quick enough. Will Japan dryer work?

08-17-2014 02:57 PM

Refinishing oak veneer table... Citristrip? Harsher chem stripper? Orbital? Or 1/4 sheet palm? - 10 replies

This table has the original factory finish and what appears to be a poly coat on top. If it were solid I would just use the stripper, but I don’t want to pull up the veneer. If it were solid I would just use 60,80, 100, 150, 220, 320 sandpaper on it. The floor guy who lives across the street says to use my orbital sander and not my 1/4 she...

08-11-2014 02:57 PM

High build sandable primer?? Enclosed front porch.. - 13 replies

So you know what a front porch FLOOR paint job often looks like after 100 years of many coats and chipping. The paint is on solid, but it looks rough. I’m starting to sanding and realizing that it’s going to take a week I don’t have a week I am wondering if there is a high build primer roll it on let it dry sand it But I want ...

08-10-2014 01:55 PM

Is spar varnish okay to put on top of quick drying polyurethane? - 8 replies

I’m finishing a hope slab and a butcher block from IKEA and I’m not happy with the drying polyurethane finish.I want something with meat to it so I can actually see the finish.I did a butcher block years ago with a code so spar varnish and I really liked it.I can Sandown the Bairwood again but I’d rather not if I don’t ha...

07-28-2014 11:59 PM

Projection hinge? Parliment hinge? Tips on measuring? Where to buy etc? - 1 reply

So I replaced the trim in my house and one door needs projections or parliament hinges. These things are like $65 a piece, so I want to get it right. Any advice? I’m not even quite sure how to measure. It seems like the hinge needs to be 3” long on each half.

06-22-2014 11:18 PM

Removing black rust stains from nails and staples on hardwood floor. - 5 replies

OK. So I posted a bunch of questions and tried several things and decided to put it up here for your comments and to help others in my dilemma. The problem is that the staples and nails in the hundred year old white oak floor got wet several time over the years. Whether it is water or urine I don’t know, but there are a lot and it will...

06-21-2014 12:03 AM

Refinishing beat up pine stairs. Solid stain? - 1 reply

So, I will likely replace these treads in a few years, but until that time I was thinking of doing a solid stain.Or should I paint them? Is there a stain that will go on like a deck stain, thick and not showing the grain?I would then put a finish coat on top. My floors will be light, so I want to do something light. Maybe a white wash stai...

06-20-2014 08:23 PM

Removinf rust stains from nails on white oak floor? - 30 replies

I read oxalic acid will remove it. They are well absorbed in the wood about 1/2 to 3/4 inch around each nail and there are about 20 of them. Any advice?

06-20-2014 08:08 PM

Is there such a thing as a sander that holds a full sheet of sandpaper? - 8 replies

Is there such a thing as a sander that holds a full sheet of sandpaper?

06-17-2014 10:42 AM

Strand woven prefinished Bamboo acclimation period? - 35 replies

So I bought 550 s/f strand woven prefinished bamboo floor from lumber liquidators. They were very clear that I needed to let it acclimate for 3-4 weeks with an absolute minimum of 2 weeks in the house before installing. The instructions then go on to state that it needs to be installed with humidity of 6-9% in the house. This is nice looking mat...

06-15-2014 01:48 AM

Any way to harden up # 2 pine? - 2 replies

So I replaced all the trim in my house with arts and crafts style made from # 2 pine. I picked through the home depot stuff to avoid knots as best as possible. I planned to paint it, but not that I see how nice it looks I think maybe I should stain it. I don’t like the look of crappy stained pine, but I think I can match the white oa...

06-03-2014 11:47 PM

Effective homemade paint stripper formula? 300s/f with 5 coats of paint... - 8 replies

I have a lemonade porch I want to get down to bare wood. Its about 300 s/f with 5 coats of paint. Even the heaviest grit sandpaper on a belt sander gums up in about 5 seconds. KLEAN EZ strip remover strip gets it down 90% with two applications, but that’s gonna cost $$$. I could use heat, but I really don’t like the idea of the burnt...

05-28-2014 04:25 PM

Base molding for this craftman trim. Just asking for comments and ideas. - 4 replies

We have most of the trim up and I am trying to figure out the base board trim. I was thinking just 1×6.The second pic is of the columns leading from the living room to the dining room. I am doing a standard type 7” mdf crown in in both rooms. It looks very good. Just so you know I am not doing a strict adherence to craftsman. What are...

05-08-2014 02:55 PM

Live wood breakfast bar. How to keep the bark on? - 1 reply

I am doing a live wood breakfast bar. The board is 2” thick and is well aged. Any ideas on how to keep the bark on?

04-25-2014 09:49 PM

Ceiling not level, but opening is. Any advice? - 10 replies

The opening and trim below the crown is level, but the ceiling is not. We racked our brains to no avail. Any ideas?

04-17-2014 03:05 PM

Wooden baseboard covers. Easier than you think. - 3 replies

This is 5 pieces of wood. The most important part is the 2” gap along the bottom and the top for proper convection.

04-17-2014 02:58 PM

What do you think of this craftsman layout on my 2nd floor? - 19 replies

I want to do this on my 2nd floor and do a cross head on the first floor. That way if I want to dress it up I can add a crown. This is the layout. I ran out of space at the bottom of the page. Do you think the 1×6 as the apron will look too big? I think I need to use 1×4. What about the angles and the overhang. Sill size?What do you...

04-16-2014 02:01 AM

Craftsman trim done with mdf? - 14 replies

So please don’t buy my head off I’m new here. what are your thoughts on using MDF for craftsman style trim around doors and base?I’m starting off on the second floor bedroom so they don’t need to be spot on like the first floor living room and dining room.


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