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Blog entry by WoodshopTherapy posted 12-16-2018 01:51 PM 1090 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently repaired a piano bench that had a large flaw in the finish. I wanted to repair it instead of strip and refinish it, but I didn’t know what type of finish it was. I made a video about testing finishes to show how I test to identify the finish – https://youtu.be/iOZyJ9S3B7k

I also made a video to show how to repaired the finish on the piano bench seat – https://youtu.be/BBq5kcEcaXo

Here’s the before and after of the repair:

-- Scott Bennett - sharing woodworking knowledge at Home Improvement Woodworking



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CL810

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 02:36 PM

Thanks Scott for posting. Very informative.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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WoodshopTherapy

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#2 posted 12-16-2018 05:37 PM



Thanks Scott for posting. Very informative.

- CL810


You’re welcome. I’m happy to hear you found it useful

-- Scott Bennett - sharing woodworking knowledge at Home Improvement Woodworking

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#3 posted 12-16-2018 09:19 PM

Super helpful video, great detail which is not generally available in other finishing videos. Thanks for posting very much appreciated.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 12-17-2018 12:08 PM

This is great -thanks. I have a Deni-Luna table that my better half let a leaky Glade Plug-in on. Melted the finish and the electronic picture frame. Quite a mess. Maybe now I have a hop of fixing rather than stripping.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#5 posted 12-17-2018 01:43 PM

I really liked your videos. The piano bench repair is definitely a technique that would require practice to gain the confidence needed to perform. It makes a lot of sense and would be great to add to anyone’s refinishing arsenal. Thanks for taking the time to video your work.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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WoodshopTherapy

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#6 posted 12-17-2018 11:59 PM



I really liked your videos. The piano bench repair is definitely a technique that would require practice to gain the confidence needed to perform. It makes a lot of sense and would be great to add to anyone s refinishing arsenal. Thanks for taking the time to video your work.

- Woodtodust


Thank you. I appreciate your feedback!

-- Scott Bennett - sharing woodworking knowledge at Home Improvement Woodworking

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