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Forum topic by SMP posted 02-26-2020 12:23 AM 220 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2020 12:23 AM

I restored one Millers Falls drills with the help here with the paint etc. But that one gad cocobolo handles. I also have a drill and a brace that had the “hardwood” dyed red but worn down pretty bad where some spots are raw wood. So would like to sand them down and re dye/stain or whatever they used and bring the finish back close to its original glory. So curious if anybody has restored that wood and what they used. Pictures appreciated too :)

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Steve


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#1 posted 02-26-2020 01:22 PM

Sorry, I can’t be much help here. I always just sand the wood down and oil it up for better or for worse. I’ve never tried to match the stain. I can say that there is a huge variation in the appearance of the stained wood they used over the years. So, really whatever tickles your fancy will be fine. If you really want to try to match it precisely, I’d pick up a pack of aneline dyes and make a few color mixtures and test them on a small spot as inconspicuously as possible before you completely remove all of the existing finish.

Let us see how it goes!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 02-26-2020 03:35 PM

Yeah I am looking at dyes etc. and looking at various examples on Jim Bode and see what you mean about the huge variation. On my 77 it was a pretty bright red where it was still somewhat intact so would like to bring that back to something like this one: https://www.jimbodetools.com/products/millers-falls-no-5-egg-beater-hand-drill-with-eight-bits-decal-and-new-millers-falls-golf-shirt-xl-91773 From the OldToolHeaven study a lot of them say “mahogany finished”, so I wonder if Transtint “Red Mahogany” would be a good match.

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#3 posted 02-26-2020 04:25 PM

A lot of it will depend on what kind of wood you have too. If it’s Grenadillo (or whatever it was they used) that’s a dark brown to begin with, you’ll probably never get that red. But, if it’s a lighter-colored wood, that Red Mahogany looks like it might be the ticket.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 02-27-2020 12:17 AM

Yeah I have no idea what kind of wood it is, fairly light. Will need to finish sanding them down all the way. I’ll post some “before” pics once i get time to sand them.

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