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justwingit

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05-26-2019 08:58 PM

Im fixing up this mid-century modern bureau, there are two problems I have concern with, first, there is a dark stain (I think from a coat of chemical stain remover) on the left side, will stain cover this well enough? do I bleach it? sand it? some other voodoo magic??
Second the corner of this top drawer is dented/busted off – can I fix it? repair/modify?
Any help is greatly appreciated!
thanks
Dan

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Rich

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#1 posted 05-26-2019 10:09 PM

I would get some oxalic acid. Mix it at a strength of 2 tbsp per quart of hot water. Mason jars work well for this. Bleach the entire piece. Once you get the color even you can dye it (I prefer dye over stain) back to a color you like. To bleach it, brush the oxalic on it liberally and let it dry. Then wash off the crystals that form with water, being sure to completely remove the acid. You’ll probably have to sand with 180 or 220 to remove grain raised by the water. You might have to do two or more applications of the acid to get an even color.

The problem with that dark blotch is that whatever you put over it, short of paint, is just going to leave it showing.

As for the chipped corner, get some epoxy putty. You can mix it to pretty much match the wood. Shape it in there and then sand it back to a square corner.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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bilyo

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#2 posted 05-27-2019 12:16 AM

It’s hard to tell from your photos. Are we looking at a surface that has been stripped or has it been stripped and then new finish applied? If it has finish then you will need to strip it again. Actually, you might try applying stripper to the drawer front with the stain anyway. If the stain is old stripper that was not completely removed or neutralized, a new application may re-desolve it. I would apply the stripper and then use a stiff brush to work it into the grain. Follow directions on the stripper can, but most get washed off and neutralized with mineral spirits. After it is completely dry, it may need a light sanding. Be aware that you are dealing with a veneer. So, sand carefully.

Rich as good advice on repairing the corner. But, you may want to find a small piece of matching veneer to add to the repair.

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justwingit

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#3 posted 05-28-2019 12:34 AM

So stripping it again was the easier starting point and it seemed to work, though I’ve always been curious about using wood bleach, maybe on the next go. I’ll get some epoxy putty and even some matching veneer if I can. Thank you both for the great advice.

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#4 posted 05-28-2019 12:57 AM

Glad you got the result you wanted.

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