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Refinishing Maple Dressers

by djrusselp
posted 07-27-2017 07:37 PM


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#1 posted 07-27-2017 08:15 PM

It’s difficult refinishing since you can’t do any test boards, but is there an area that doesn’t show that you can test on?

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djrusselp

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#2 posted 07-27-2017 08:21 PM

Not really, but maybe low and towards the wall…

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#3 posted 07-27-2017 08:31 PM

By “darker” do you mean as in “browner”
or are you looking for amber color?

Several finishes add an amber tint to
pale woods like maple. Boiled linseed
oil, spar varnish, orange shellac
are three examples.

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#4 posted 07-27-2017 09:47 PM

Yes, amber is a good description and how I would describe it currently. Is that doable with minimal splotching or so foresee a problem there?

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#5 posted 07-27-2017 09:53 PM

Blotching is generally an issue with stains
on particular woods. Pine is a big villain
and some other woods don’t like to take
stain evenly.

None of the ambering finishes I mentioned
contain stain.

This may help you choose an approach:
http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/turning-water-into-oil/

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